I recently got the chance to hit the road withTrek BikesandTrek Travelto tour miles of Vermont countryside on two wheels. (Check out some of their luxury cycling vacationshere.) I’ve been road biking for a few years now but never really had theopportunityto completely immerse myself in the sport—until now. For our adventure, we hopped on theTrek Silque(prices vary, trekbikes.com), one of the women’s-specific road bikes nicknamed the “Smooth Operator” for its unique ability to smooth out even the roughest of roads. After riding nearly 90 miles (including one killer climb to Smuggler's Notch in Stowe) on the bike, I got a good sense of everything this whip has to offer. Some of the highlights include:
The “IsoSpeed decoupler,” which isolates the movement of the seat tube from the rest of the frame, so the seat tube is free to absorb more forces from the road. Basically, your bike soaks up road shock so your body doesn’t have to. (Take it from me, you can immediately tell the difference compared to other bikes out there.)
Awomen’s–specific design(WSD) geometry that’s made foryourbody and is tuned at every size, regardless of frame size, to fit a female rider to the best possible level. This will put you in a position of power for a faster, more stable ride.
Anelectronic gear-shifting system, which offers elite shifting performance so you don’t have to be a pro to adjust to the terrain. (It’s very user-friendly, perfect for beginners.)
Thetrendy colors and designs—As soon as I saw this bike, I was swooning over the white, lime and aloe green color combo and chevron accents. I mean, just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I want to ride a pink bike. And wear pink everything (just saying). But if you’re into pink, that’s cool too. They’ve got tons of options. In fact, you can even customize your own bike designhere. Trek’s graphic designer hits up Fashion Week in Berlin every year to be one of the first on the scene of the hottest color and design trends. So no matter what you pick, you’re always going to get something that’s stylish and cool.
All in all, the Silque was an incredible ride and it really struck me how important it is to saddle up and try out some bikes before you buy one. If you want to test-ride one yourself, clickhereto find a demo coming to a location near you or check in with yourlocalTrek retailerto see if you can take one for a spin.