If you are in search of a 'good all rounder' bike that will not make your eyes water when you see the price tag, then the Trek Lexa S might be just what you are looking for.
I have been riding the Trek Lexa S for about a month now. I have taken it for leisurely weekend spins, long training rides and even on a little off-road adventure from Esher to Shoreham by Sea. And I have to say I have been hugely impressed by this bike.
First up, it will not break the bank. At £650 (recently reduced from £700), it is worth every single penny and a few more in my opinion.
One of the most notable things about the bike, is how comfortable it is to ride. Its streamlined shaping and women’s specific geometry help to take the pressure away from the three contact points on the bike (handlebars, saddle and pedals). Riding a bike that does not fit you correctly can result in a whole host of problems such as neck and back pain and fatigue in your arms. While women’s specific geometry will alleviate these issues, it is still advised to opt for a professional bike fit so you can ensure that your bike is the correct fit for you.
Riding position on the bike is quite relaxed making it an especially good choice if you are planning on taking part in longer rides or sportives in the near future. Although don’t be perturbed this this. The bike is lovely and nippy when pushed. I even managed to beat my boyfriend up a short, snappy climb on a recent ride! This is in part thanks to the 100 Alpha aluminium frame which is both light and strong.
Gear shifting on this bike was absolutely fantastic. Unlike the majority of other bikes in this price range, the Lexa S offers a double instead of a triple (two chainwheels, not three). This is then matched with a nine speed cassette. This set up makes it quicker and more efficient to find the right gear eliminating clunky gear changes and allowing you more time to focus on enjoying yourself.
The Shimano Sora shifters were easily reached thanks to the female specific geometry of the bike. And I am glad to report that my bizarrely small hands reached the both the brakes and the gears with no problems whatsoever.
To further enhance the comfort of the ride, the Lexa S is equipped with carbon forks, which not only contribute to a lighter bike are also fantastic when it comes to absorbing shock, thus lessening the pressure on your arms and upper body.
The bike also comes equipped with a female specific saddle that suited my hardened backside just fine, but this is one element of the bike that you might want to upgrade. After all finding the perfect saddle will contribute no end to the enjoyment of your ride.
It is very hard to complete a review on the Trek Lexa S without passing comment on the look of the bike. Let’s just say there were more than a few oohs and ahhs when this one was taken out of the box. The sleek black on the bike has a subtle glitter through it giving the bike an extra special feel without being too girly.
Overall this is a really smashing bike. For £650 it really does offer incredible value for money. 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.
Available from: Trek
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