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.
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.
Alpha White aluminium
FSA Vero 50-34t chainset, Shimano Sora fd, Tiagra rd, nine-speed cassette 11-26t
47, 50, 52, 54, 56cm