For over 15 years, Trek have been continually developing the Women's Specific Design of bikes to provide the best riding experience for women across all disciplines.
By studying the female body, build and performance, Trek have used their wealth of knowledge and available resources to produce an impressive fleet of stylish, functional and reliable bikes for women.
What makes Trek Bikes stand out from the crowd with their Women Specific Design is the overwhelming amount of research behind each model. Trek developers studied the female body, the way it's adapted to bear children, and how much more supple and flexible the pelvis and lower back is, compared to that of a man.
Trek's research led them to make changes to the female set-up which they believe will make a bike more comfortable for a woman to ride. The geometry of each model is adjusted to provide the optimum weight distribution and centre of gravity placement for female riders.
"It’s more about fitting the bike to the rider, and not the other way round."
However, they're also very clear in explaining that bike fit is individual, and women should feel free to choose between unisex and women's models based on their own body and riding. More recently, they've started making unisex frames in a range of 'fits' - some of which are closer to the traditional women's bike geometry. This approach means there are bikes available for women that find they fit more comfortably on men's bikes, and men that might feel better on women's bikes. Effectively they've cut gender out of the equation and removed the stigma attached to 'men's bikes' and 'women's bikes'.
Explaining the move, Trek's PR guru Jez Loftus explains the brand Trek have "moved away from specific geometries and more into designing bikes for their intended purpose", adding "it’s more about fitting the bike to the rider, and not the other way round."
For the road, Trek have three models which are designed to fit the majority of women with a female specific frame.
Bikes within the Trek Lexa range are ideal for entry level riders with prices starting from £575. They're designed to be a great introduction to road cycling, with a carbon front fork to help reduce weight and dampen the buzz, and a slightly more bombproof aluminum chassis. The Lexa is comfortable and smooth, but features mud guard mounts and pannier racks - everything you need for a great commuter.
Previous TWC Editor Heather Irvine reviewed the Trek Lexa S, saying: "The women’s specific geometry, light aluminium frame, carbon forks and streamlined appearance make this bike feel special to ride. I honestly do not think you can go wrong with this one."
The Trek Émonda is a lightweight performance bike which is used by professional athletes of the Matrix Fitness team, and the Drops Amateur cycling team. With prices starting from £1100, the Émonda is equipped with higher end components and a lighter set-up.
The most popular women's road bike from Trek is the Slique. With prices starting at £1700, it's the top model for performance, smoothness and endurance. This bike features the famous Trek 'IsoSpeed Decoupler’, which isolates the seat tube from the rest of the bike, allowing for a smoother ride as road buzz is minimised.
Reviewing the Ultegra version, TWC Editor Michelle said: "The ride is super smooth – as smooth as a well brewed flat white, an Aero Bubbly or a magic carpet. Road vibrations barely reached me when I took this bike for a spin."
Trek's WSD mountain bike range is equally impressive as the road models.
The Trek Skye is the perfect entry level mountain bike. This hardtail frame is equipped with 75mm of travel, and the comfortable women's geometry makes for the perfect all-day mountain companion. With prices starting from $385, it's ideal for those looking to test the trails and get a little muddy.
For a more gnarly ride, the Trek Lush is a great entry level, and intermediate full suspension bike. With 120mm of trail on 650b wheels, the Lush is a great all-mountain and all-adventure trail bike.
There’s a lot of features of the Trek Lush in terms of the geometry and suspension technology that make this a very accessible and confident bike for the newer mountain bike woman.
With prices starting from £1500, it's the most popular Trek MTB model for women, and it's perfect for those wanting to take on a little more mountain.
The top end model WSD mountain bike is the esteemed Trek Remedy, which gained a female specific skew for 2016. This all mountain and enduro bike is the same model used by 3 time World Enduro Champion, Tracy Moseley. With 140mm travel, the WSD Remedy has 650b wheels to tackle any obstacle it's faced with. Starting from £2400, the Remedy is a great trail blazing ride.
Each one of Trek's WSD bikes are available in a number of build options to suit every riders style and budget. A lot of care and consideration has been taken with each model to ensure it meets the needs and wants of every woman. The extensive research into the female form, and riding performance have enabled Trek to produce comfortable bikes for women, across all disciplines.