I'm 4'10.5" with a long torso but short arms and legs. The biggest obstacle for me was to find a bike with a low enough standover for me to actually stand over it.
As far as I could tell, the Trek Lexa SLX 43 cm size 65.4 cm standover height was the lowest of any comparable road bike.
The Trek Lexa's women-specific geometry is a thoughtful touch because it's designed for a woman's proportions.
I feel comfortable when I am riding the Trek Lexa. I don't feel like I am straining to pedal.
I did have to rotate the handlebars slightly towards me in order for my hands to fit comfortably around the brakes so I can't really hold the bottom of my handlebars. This has not been an issue - I just keep my hands on top.
I initially felt the seat was on the hard side but after doing some research, I discovered a hard seat was preferable for long rides to minimize chafing.
The ride is very smooth and shifting is easy. I feel like I could go really fast because of how well the bike handles.
The bike is light enough for me to carry it effortlessly down and up several flights of stairs each time I take it for a ride at the beach.
The small size can be very convenient at times. I love how I can fit the bike easily in the trunk of my car. When I use the public restrooms on the beach, I am able to roll the bike into the stall with me.
For those interested in purchasing a U-lock, please keep in mind due to the limited space on the frame, you will need to carry it on you in your pack.
I had not anticipated spending so much on a road bike but now that I've made the investment, I am very satisfied with my purchase. I am confident the Trek Lexa will get me to the finish line of my 240 mile bike tour this fall.
|G||Chainstay length||41 cm|
|D||Effective top tube||48 cm|
|Frame stack||48.1 cm|
|B||Head tube length||13 cm|
|L||Frame reach||35.5 cm|
|A||Seat tube angle||75.5 cm|
|Seat height maximum||65.5 cm|
|Seat height minimum||55.5 cm|
|Q||Seat tube||38.8 cm|
Trek Lexa SLX
Frame Alpha Black Aluminum
Fork Bontrager Race, carbon legs, SpeedTrap compatible
Frame fit H3
Wheels Bontrager SSR, 650c
Tires Bontrager R1, 650x23c
Shifters Shimano 105 STI, 10 speed
Front derailleur Shimano 105
Rear derailleur Shimano 105
Crank Shimano R-553 50/34
Cassette Shimano 105 11-28, 10 speed
Components Saddle Bontrager Affinity 1 WSD, steel rails
Seatpost Bontrager Carbon, 20mm offset
Handlebar Bontrager Race VR-S, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 7 degree, 31.8mm
Headset 1-1/8" integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Brakeset Tektro R540 brakes w/Shimano 105 STI levers
Grips Bontrager gel tape
Extras Fender mounts