For quite a few years now Trek have been leading the way in women's specific bikes, where other brands have simply shrunk down a man's frame and called it a women's bike, Trek have spent time in researching and designing bikes that fit the shape and needs of women. The Lexa range proved to be a big hit so Trek looked to expand their ladies offering...In 2014 they delivered the Silque.
Sitting between the Endurance Race and Performance Race Women's Specific Design (WSD) ranges, the Silque's new geometry is built around a taller head tube, shorter chain stays and a racier fork, that give the bike a lot of get up and go in a sprint, than a Domane while still featuring the IsoSpeed Decoupler technology and all the comfort that brings. There is no doubt that the Silque firmly treads the ground between and also overlaps both categories.
For those who aren't in the know, Trek developed the IsoSpeed Decoupler for the Domane range and has proved to be very popular. This piece of technology isolates the seat post from the rest of the frame and allows it to flex when under load and dampen the rough roads, giving you a ride that's smoother than the milk on your flat white.
Featuring Trek's OCLV carbon layup for a high quality and super stiff frame, the Silque keeps a sleek look by having internally routed cables and being ready for an upgrade to Di2, if you so wished. Women who are smaller generally weigh less than men, so the same tubing used for a 6ft man would is going to be proportionally heavy. Trek have got around this by adjusting the thickness of the tubing so it is specific to the size of the bike. This means that the frame is still strong while also being lightweight.
A lot of bikes and brands you'll get a pick and mix attitude when it comes to components, that isn't the case with the Silque, when you see Ultegra leavers you'll also be getting Ultegra dérailleurs, for example.
If you're looking for a super smooth, compliant light bike that you can ride all day on club runs, rides out with friends or on your next sportives as well as being nippy enough to race...well, the Silque has you covered.