Trek Lexa Review
The Trek Lexa road range are designed for female riders who do not want to pay over the odds for a bike that will let them get some exercise and improve their skills on the tarmac. Trek has been careful to ensure that the Lexa family is totally accommodating to women cyclists, enabling you to choose a road bike that is comfortable and responsive.
The entry level Trek Lexa features a 100 series Alpha Aluminium frame and an alloy fork, along with alloy hubs and Bontrager T1 tyres. The drivetrain is chosen from the Shimano 2300 range and the seatpost, handlebars and stem are all of the Bontrager SSR variety. You can adjust the reach of the Shimano brake levers and choose from two colour options including a pearly white and a blend of grey and navy.
Trek Lexa S
Up one rung is the Trek Lexa S, which retains the same alloy frame but uses Bontrager carbon legs for the fork to reduce the weight and improve the rumble-absorbing capabilities of the front end. Shimano Sora and Tiagra components make up the drivetrain and the handlebars have also been upgraded to the Bontrager Race VR-S.
Trek Lexa SL
The Trek Lexa SL is an incremental improvement once more on its cheaper sibling, using the same alloy frame and carbon fork combo for stiffness that is also sympathetic to the comfort needs of the rider. The full Shimano Tiagra groupset is present and you can see even more carbon components joining the mix in the form of the Bontrager Race Lite seatpost. You can choose from either a matte black or matte white finish, which showcases the increasing seriousness of a range that is all about getting down to business.
Trek Lexa SLX
At the top of the Lexa range is the SLX and this is a bike which marks the biggest departure from the features of the original bike, which is sensible since it is almost twice as expensive. The 200 Series Alpha Aluminium frame has been fully manipulated and is designed with female-specific geometry, with plenty of weight savings made in order to reduce the load you are lugging with you whenever you take it out on the road. The Bontrager Race carbon fork is coupled with wheels, handlebars and a stem from the same product family. Meanwhile the Shimano 105 groupset gives you improved gearing and a much slicker shifting experience than on the models lower down the ranks. The black pearl and charcoal finish to the Trek Lexa SLX matches a premium finish to a premium bike and there is little to suggest that it is aimed at women.
Any of the Lexa branded road bikes will be able to hold its own in normal everyday use, but as you might imagine the costlier editions are lighter, tighter and stiffer to give riders that competitive edge. Casual riders and beginners will be happy aboard the Lexa or Lexa S, but the SLX is by far the most capable of the range.