3-4 years ago Trek launched a women’s aluminum road bike model line up called “Lexa“. Since, the Lexa has become a widely popular road bike in the US as Trek has offered many different model levels and a variety of colors to appeal to any woman. Additionally, the WSD fit of these bikes is a hit with women of many proportions. I’ve had the opportunity to test ride many Lexas and finally was able to snag an SLX model for a long term review to see how it really will last for women looking to invest in a new road bike.
Meet the 2014 Trek Lexa SLX
Main Features of the Trek Lexa SLX
- IsoSpeed Frame & Fork
- Available in Compact or Triple
- 10 Speed drive train with mostly Shimano 105 and some Tiagra parts
- Tested and well loved fit of Trek WSD road bike
- Eyelets for racks and full fenders
- MSRP: $1,589
- Colors: Placid Blue (Pictured) & Crystal White
What is an IsoSpeed Frame and Fork?
On the frame you can see a rubber looking area around where the seat tube goes down to meet the top tube, this is called a decoupler. The decoupler allows the two parts of the junction to work independently of each other while giving the tube going towards your seat more compliance, but not sacrificing your power to the pedals. While I could feel it working wonderfully I am interesting to see how long this feature is in Trek’s line up. If I was buying this bike I would take advantage of the decoupler but know that it possibly may wear out a few years down the road. As long as you are in a shop for normal maintenance your favorite Trek dealer will keep things running smooth.
The IsoSpeed fork was a favorite piece of this bike for me. Normally, a woman that is buying an aluminum road bike these days falls in two categories: 1. relatively new 2. upgrading from their very first road bike. The IsoSpeed fork is perfect for both of these categories. The sweep of the fork that seems to be over exaggerated will eat up the road vibrations so your hands don’t have to. The offset drop outs that look a bit funny on the front make your bike a little longer, which makes it more stable and less twitchy on the front end.
As mentioned in the video, you are getting a great bike for the price. It is a well spec’d bike with components that will last you many, many, years. If you are getting serious about road riding and don’t want to invest in a carbon frameset, this is a great option. The small details that were put into this frame that a season rider that would appreciate, like full fender and rack eyelets, the PF 86.5 wide bottom bracket to stiffen up the bottom bracket and SpeedTrap hiding spot on the fork for Trek’s ANT+ speed sensor.
There are a couple things I would have changed if I was the product manager (if only I could rule the world!)
25c Tires – There is a ton of effort in the frame, fork and geometry design to put comfort in this bike. Why not start with a slightly wider tire to add cushion that will not slow down the rider?
White Bar Tape – Don’t get me wrong, I love white bar tape but it is a pain for a first time rider to keep looking nice, not even mentioning the shop that has to keep it clean during the build, on the floor, test rides and bike fitting. Put on a darker color and allow the woman to change out to white down the road if she wants!
At the end of the day there are many great bikes in this price range. Trek has taken a different stance with a very unique frameset and I believe most women will be very happy with their choice of this bike. Now, go test ride and ask a ton of questions. Make sure the bike fits you well, and that you are going to be inspired to ride by whatever bike you end up with.
Take a look at all the Trek Lexa models, find your local dealer and take one for a spin!
Disclaimer: This bike was provided at no charge for review by Trek Bikes