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First Look: 2012 Trek Lush Women’s Full Suspension Mountain Bike

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Back in July I revealed a new women’s designed full suspension 26″ mountain bike from Trek. The Trek Lush has been one of the top searched items to Bike Shop Girl since that day in July. Fast forward a few months, while hitting up Facebook last night an angel came knocking in the fork of my regional Trek Women’s Demo rep. Ross Rushin dropped a 2012 Trek Lush Carbon in 17.5 into my grubby and greasy hands today. I’ll have her to crush the dirt for a couple weeks. Give you all a good review of riding, tech features and my overall feel.

Rain pushed aside I hope to swap the stem and get pushing dirt tomorrow

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11 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s a sweet deal! I’ve got a Trek Fuel with carbon frame and love it! Is this a 26 or 29?

    • 26″ wheels!

  2. I am in a big rut right now because I purchased a Cannondale Lexi 3, and the standover of 27.8 is just too darn tall for me. I am interested to see one of these bikes in person. Do you know when this bike will roll out off the assy line and the price points and colors of the rumored four models? Help please before I buy an 06 juliana santa cruz frame!!!

    • Marissa –

      The ’06 Juliana is a great bike, just outdated suspension technology

      The Lush bikes are on the women’s demo trailers now, colors can be found at TrekBikes.com… find a local dealer and see if they have some on order!

    • Hello,

      I’m torn between a Lush and Lexi. I’m 5’0″ and I would need the shortest of both bikes. I wanted a Trance W but there is no way with the 30″ standover. Tell me how tall you are and which Lexi you’re on? What size? Is it light? I would also like to know more about the Lush’s weight.

  3. Love the Lush! Does anyone have a weight on it yet?

  4. I know this post is old, but I can answer the weight question :) the 15.5 lush sl was 29.12 with tester pedals at the bike shop. I just bought the 15.5, it’s a super bike. Wish you could get the carbon componentry on an aluminum though. One issue, I’ve had it like 10 days and am starting to wonder if I should have got the smaller 14.5 because its a bit longer reach then I’m used to. Sadly they never have tiny bikes for demo and I always end up guessing on size based off the bike shop guys recommendation- and course, you have to buy it to get it in to even try it really. Any owners of the lush out there have thoughts on if the .5″ shorter toptube would make a difference?

  5. Lindsey – i would suggest to get fit by someone that knows how to fit mountain bikes.

    Where are you located?

    Why do you think the bike is too long? I ask because I find a lot of women try to sit TOO up right on their bike and making it so the front end doesn’t have any weight on the front.

    That may not be the matter and maybe you do need a bit shorter – but let me know what the concerns are and maybe virtually I can help!

  6. Haha, yeah, about that :) I live in tampa,fl -people able to fit a short moutain biker seem to be few and far between here. Most the guys at the trek store are roadies and my favorite shop they’re all tall guys- they’re the ones who keep telling me to go with 15.5. There are some other good shops but they don’t deal in trek or women’s bikes really. I’ve always ridden 15.5- I had the hifi gs and fuel ex8 WSD, the fat possum in 15.5 for a minute- sold years ago because of leaky roofs and cars. I’ve been out of it for a few years now and trying to get back to it. I started on a 13′ 04 cake- it was tiny, way too small for me. So I’d gone 15.5 for the next bikes. I guess now I’ve been out of it a few years I’m starting to wonder if I should have been on a 14.5 all a long. Anyway, this bike- I dont know- if almost feels like there isn’t enough weight on the front, but at the same time after a while riding I find myself trying shift around a lot and lean back because my shoulders and back start hurting. But I also know this toptube is shorter than all the other 15.5’s I’ve had. So I don’t know- maybe its just because I’ve been out of it for so long. I tried dropping the bars down a bit and have a shorter stem on the way to see if it will both make the reach better and perhaps the steering a bit snappier as it feels a tad slow. Looking at the sizing for the lush though, it seems like there is no difference in frame sizing until going from 15.5 to 16.5. The 14.5 and 15.5 have the same head tube, stack and height. Like they take the seat tube and just attach it closer to the head tube in the triangle? Same for 16.5 and 17.5. So on the smaller one I’d have more seatpost showing and .5 shorter wheel base and reach. Not sure it would really matter in the end.

  7. Haha, yeah, about that :) I live in tampa,fl -people able to fit a short moutain biker seem to be few and far between here. Most the guys at the trek store are roadies and my favorite shop they’re all tall guys- they’re the ones who keep telling me to go with 15.5. There are some other good shops but they don’t deal in trek or women’s bikes really. I’ve always ridden 15.5- I had the hifi gs and fuel ex8 WSD, the fat possum in 15.5 for a minute- sold years ago because of leaky roofs and cars. I’ve been out of it for a few years now and trying to get back to it. I started on a 13′ 04 cake- it was tiny, way too small for me. So I’d gone 15.5 for the next bikes. I guess now I’ve been out of it a few years I’m starting to wonder if I should have been on a 14.5 all a long. Anyway, this bike- I dont know- if almost feels like there isn’t enough weight on the front, but at the same time after a while riding I find myself trying shift around a lot and lean back because my shoulders and back start hurting. But I also know this toptube is shorter than all the other 15.5’s I’ve had, but I don’t remember feeling stretched either. So I don’t know- maybe its just because I’ve been out of it for so long. I tried dropping the bars down a bit and have a shorter stem on the way to see if it will both make the reach better and perhaps the steering a bit snappier as it feels a tad slow. Looking at the sizing for the lush though, it seems like there is no difference in frame sizing until going from 15.5 to 16.5. The 14.5 and 15.5 have the same head tube, stack and height. Like they take the seat tube and just attach it closer to the head tube in the triangle? Same for 16.5 and 17.5. So on the smaller one I’d have more seatpost showing (8.5″ vs 7.5″ now) and .5 shorter wheel base and reach, but everything else would be pretty much the same. I’ve just never compared before or even ever ridden that particular size- I’m wondering if I’d even notice .5″. Thank you so much for the reply and reading my ramblings! :)

  8. Oops! Sorry! Writing from an iPhone- had no idea it submitted halfway through!

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