With Trek’s 100 Series Alpha Aluminum frame, a raft of durable components and a women’s specific geometry, the Lexa 3 boasts a superb entry-level, women’s specific pedigree. Does it live up to its promising credentials or does it disappoint? We headed out on the road to find out.
As part of Trek’s women’s specific road lineup for 2017, the Lexa 3 sits at the lower end of the range, with a level of versatility and comfort focused at anybody from road riding rookies to those looking to tackle epic gran fondos or even race.
The frame itself features Trek’s WSD (Women’s Specific Design) and it really lives up to the name. The looser stack angle help to provide a more upright riding position with the option to drop down into a more aero form when needed.
The 100 Series Alpha Aluminum construction is on the lighter end of the alloy spectrum with the added bonus of comfort-enhancing vibration absorption and a heightened level of stiffness that grants confidence when cornering and braking at speed.Trek’s carbon fork has been incorporated to reduce the weight of the overall bike without any negative effects on handling or braking stiffness.
Onto the groupset. Shimano’s Sora 9-speed gearing comes as standard and its reliable, durable and easily maintained nature makes it the ideal choice for new riders. The 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette offer a wide enough gear range to conquer all but the toughest climbs. If the going gets too hard, the cassette can easily be swapped out for an 11-32 model to provide extra pedaling power.
Bontrager T1 tires and Bontrager AT-750 double-walled alloy wheels combine to give a stiff and efficient ride. The wheels stay strong and ready for any power you put through them, without bypassing the low weight you need for a more enjoyable ride, and the T1 tires are the ideal accompaniment for the price. They maintain grip over a variety of surfaces and through a range of weather conditions.
The accompanying Ajna saddle may not be to every rider’s taste, but its construction can not be scoffed at for the price.
The Lexa 3 is tough to beat for the price. The research and development Trek has put into the WSD frame geometry has really paid off, ensuring a level of comfort that elevates this bike above the competition. Shimano’s 9-speed gearing and Bontrager’s wheels and tires round of a component package that is well suited to first-time riders who are looking for versatility and durability. If you are looking for an entry-level women’s specific road bike that is going to go the distance for years to come, then the Lexa 3 is tough to surpass.