Trek Skye Mountain Bike Review

The Trek Skye range of mountain bikes is specifically designed for female riders who want a particularly affordable way to take on off-road conditions while still investing in a bike which is flexible enough to use every day.

Trek Skye

The base model Trek Skye features an Alpha Silver aluminium frame and a front fork from SR Suntour which offers 63mm of travel. Like the rest of the family it is a hard tail mountain bike, with the stiff and sturdy frame giving you the chance to put down plenty of power to help with uphill climbs. Seven speed twist shift gears with Shimano TX components give you smooth transitions and plenty of ratio options, while Tektro linear pull calliper brakes bite down competently to give you extra control. You can adjust the reach distance required to activate the brake levers to match your dimensions.

Trek Skye S

The second entry in the Trek Skye range is the Skye S. It uses a brand new SR Suntour XCT front fork which offers 80mm of travel as opposed to the 63mm found on the entry level bike. Other improvements include a 24 speed drivetrain and a mixture of Shimano components from the Altus an Acera ranges.

Trek Skye SL

The biggest technical leap up the range is made by the Trek Skye SL, which uses an Alpha Gold aluminium frame that is light and lends itself to nimble handling. The fork is once more upgraded, this time cushioning your ride with 100mm of travel and the option to activate a hydraulic lock-out for when you want to completely stiffen up the whole bike in search of acceleration and speed. At this price point you will still be using the Tektro linear pull brakes but almost all of the Shimano Acera group is present to beef up the gear set and justify its higher price.

Trek Skye SL Disc

At the top of the range is the Trek Sky SL Disc, sharing the same frame and fork as the standard SL, along with a majority of the components. The one noteworthy difference is that it comes equipped with Tektro’s Draco hydraulic disc brakes, giving you 160mm rotors on the front and rear wheels in order to maximise the available stopping power. Disc brakes are the sign of a mountain bike that can help you improve your skills and your confidence.

Each of the Trek Skye mountain bikes is set up specifically for female riders, with frame geometry and adjustable components designed to make women feel completely comfortable and in a position to make the most of their time on the trail. While the colour schemes available certainly have a feminine edge to them they are not out-and-out girly bikes, with simple black, blue and green motifs allowing them to be attractive without ever feeling stereotypically stylised. Trek has ensured that this range is ready for the 2012 season, choosing components which compliment the riders and also take into account the fact that many people will be looking for a mountain bike which offers value for money.

Model: Trek Skye
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