Trek Lexa S review

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.

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    Great all-rounder

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    Women-specific components

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    Comfortable ride quality

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    Not much

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.

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.

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Cycling Weekly's Digital Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.

When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.