Trek Lexa S

Trek Lexa S bike 2011
Cycling Weekly Verdict

It's a comfortable, laid-back sort of bike, clearly pitched at sportives and long leisure outings, but it's all very no-nonsense and brisk when pushed to it.With full rack and fender compatibility, the Lexa could easily turn its hand to most tasks, positioning it as a fabulous-value all-rounder for a one-bike owner just starting out with road riding.

For
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    Great all-rounder

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    Women-specific components

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    Comfortable ride quality

Against
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    Not much

As we'd expect at this price point, drivetrain equipment is Sora-based, with a Tiagra rear-mech. The women's bars are a standout feature - the most compact drops we've ever seen and a boon for small hands and short digits.

Another thing that makes the Lexa stand apart from the female-specific competition of this price is the choice of a compact rather than the triple often served up on budget women's racers.

It's a shrewd decision. Matched with a nine-speed cassette it's a crisp and capable set-up, meaning less time trying to pick the right gear, more time appreciating the eager ride.

For 2011, Trek has replaced its somewhat tired women's 1.2 budget road range with the more dynamically named Lexa.

The S model is second from bottom in the Lexa's four spec-level line-up, with each female-specific Lexa matching a unisex ‘1' or ‘2' model in the Trek budget racer line-up.

Fresh surf-style florals are feminine, not girly, against a matt-grey background for an unusual look that carves the Lexa out its own identity - both from the 1.2, and from the women-specific competition of other marques.