Last week we made our way to Milton Keynes where Trek Bikes unveiled their sterling new line up of bikes, kit and apparel for 2017.
Road bikes are forever getting lighter and more aerodynamic, built to be one with the cyclist and perform their best as a power duo. However, the holy trinity of road bikes: performance, comfort and power aren't easily achieved with one element always falling to the way side.
Trek bikes have been playing around a little with their women's Silque model, the only bike in their entire fleet to have a women's specific frame, and everything else. This endurance bike has had some fancy new upgrades to try and harmonise these key elements in order to product a bike that rides smoother, longer and faster. So what's new?
Other than the obvious new colour-ways, there have been some modifications to the frame itself. Trek's introduce a new IsoSpeed decoupler which doubles vertical compliance to help reduce the buzz in the road.
The front and rear decoupler on the SLR 7 is finely tuned, and adjustable - on the rear - which helps take out some of the unevenness in roads. Essentially it's a soft suspension feature which doesn't suck out the energy from your pedal strokes.
The Silque is available is sizes: 47 / 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 with the top end model being the SLR 7 (above) which has a full carbon frame and fork. A split seat-post for the IsoSpeed, Shimano Ultegra Di2, 2x11 drive-train and Bontrager components.
With the Silque taking the main stage for 2017 Trek road cycling, the Emonda and Lexa models have had colour-way and component upgrades only.
As for road cycling kit, it appears that Trek may be a little off the mark with the new baby pink colours for 2017. Although we love the geometric designs they've incorporated, we can't help but feel tired of the pale pinks and cliché girly vibe they give off. Don't get us wrong, we love feminine kits and subtleties, but bold pinks are a little out-dated.
The new Bontrager women's shoes however, are a favourite of ours. Currently being tested by TWC, they have a comfortable slim profile with an excellent secure fastening system. With some more miles needed for a thorough testing, watch this space for the review later this summer.
Check out the gallery below for the full Trek Road Cycling launch