First Look! All-New Trek Silque Women’s Endurance Road Bike

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

Hot on the heels of the new Domane Disc is a rough road version for the high heels set. The new Trek Silque women’s endurance road bike takes the IsoSpeed features and slightly relaxed geometry of their rough road bike and finally gives it a proper female-specific version.

The official release is coming soon with formal details and tech specs, but they’re in dealers as of last week, which is how we got this preliminary info and photos. Word is the Domane WSD (women specific design) versions, which were essentially rebadged frames with a couple of spec changes, will be going away in favor of the new Silque.

The model shown here is the SLX, equivalent to a 5-series but with 600-series OCLV carbon fiber. That gives it a fairly high end spec with a seat mast rather than seatpost, which Trek has said imbues the biggest damping benefit to the IsoSpeed design.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

Up front, there’s a tapered fork with ridged sides and the same curve and offset axle placement as the Domane, suggesting it shares the asymmetric design to improve bump compliance.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

The IsoSpeed coupler (or decoupler, depending on your point of view) separates the seat tube and top tube/seatstay junction with a pivot and elastomer, allowing the full length of the seat tube to flex, acting like a giant leaf spring soaking up hits and vibration.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

This photo’s blown out intentionally to show the underside. Smooth operator, indeed.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

A BB90 bottom bracket makes for a very clean, flush crank interface and gives them maximum real estate for the downtube and chainstays to go wide.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

Tucked behind the cranks is their 3S chain keeper.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

The frame is DuoTrap compatible, blending their speed and cadence sensors into the chainstay.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

The lack of hidden fender mounts like on the Domane suggest this is a more race oriented edition.

2015-trek-silque-SLX-womens-endurance-road-bike

The SLX’s dark blue paint is infused with Trek’s See Glass, essentially finely ground glass blended with the paint for a whole ‘nutha level of sparkle in the sun. It’s gorgeous in person.

The Silque SL will come in a black/white/fuschia color scheme with 4-series coding. Both appeared to have Bontrager’s tubeless ready Race wheels, but standard R3 tires. More as we get it.

TrekBikes.com

Comments

Christopher - 05/05/14 - 11:47am

Seriously? “high heels set”? So is this specifically for women who cater to patriarchal definitions of femininity and dress according? Can you only wear heels above 2.5 inches when riding this bike? The bike industry is rampant with implicit sexism and patricentricity, but how obliviously daft do you have to be to use obviously outdated expressions to describe the female market segment? Here’s a pro tip- just say women. It’s in the Gd name of the bike for chrissake.

pmurf - 05/05/14 - 11:57am

I thought for sure they’d name it “Womane”
Also, Silque sounds like a lube. And not the kind you put on bike chains.

Colin - 05/05/14 - 12:59pm

I think it should have been the “Domanetrix” with the tagline “make those men your bitch”

Todd - 05/05/14 - 1:31pm

Pretty sure the high heel comment refers to the fact that it is Trek’s high end road bike for females and not a sexist remark.

Stampers - 05/05/14 - 1:37pm

@christopher…

don’t get your panties in a wad…its just a play on words…lol

Granny's Ring - 05/05/14 - 1:56pm

Put that chain onto the big ring before photographing the bike! How hard is it to shift that chain up?

Melissa - 05/05/14 - 2:16pm

I have to agree with Christopher here. I’ve been in this industry for a while now and am used to the clumsy and oblivious marketing drivel that’s often aimed at women- from manufacturers as well as sites like Bikerumor. But seriously… high heel set? Dafuq? You guys should know better.
@Todd- I think you are confusing this with the phrase “well-heeled.” Not the same thing. Referring to the women’s market as the “high-heeled” set definitely reads as sexist and is definitely off putting.

A. - 05/05/14 - 2:26pm

Made by Giant?

Chris - 05/05/14 - 2:31pm

The more time I spend in the industry, the more I think that a separate womens bike is not the answer to include more women. But I think trek is stepping in the right direction. I need to see the geometry charts, but they seem the sake as the domane…. (Hope so)
What I like is that they: improved the carbon for the price point, and it seems as though the tubes shapes are refined and slimmed down.

I’m excited to see it in person, since I was about to get my girlfriend a domane frame set anyhow.

David - 05/05/14 - 5:14pm

Hmm, I doubt the intended customer for this bike has much time left after training rides to shop for crippling fashion footwear. In fact, if she’s kicking anything, it’s probably my @$$ on Flagstaff. Beautiful bike, though.

Flip - 05/05/14 - 6:21pm

Delete my posts all you like – this is still sexist drivel, and you should be ashamed of both your lack or creativity and your attitude towards women.

Bob - 05/05/14 - 7:21pm

Sexist remarks aside….
The bike is a “new” WSD design developed in conjunction with CTS. The stack and reach (bar height and effective Top Tube) is the same as the Domane, but the BB is higher (like the Madone) and the stays are shorter- closer to but not as short as the Madone. In short, its faster than a Doamne, more stable than a Madone.
And no, not made by Giant. Trek has moved most of their carbon to other plants the last few years.

Colin - 05/05/14 - 7:36pm

Are you GUYS really this mad about 3 words?

not mad but. . . - 05/05/14 - 7:47pm

. . .those of us who care and who are tired of the patriarchal, sexist nonsense are willing to call out the bs when we see it.

Bas - 05/06/14 - 8:55am

the fork seems to have less rake and normal pads
the decoupler junction is redesigned, maybe even for all new domane’s
the cable routing for rear brake is better imo, the shift cables routing certainly not (rubbing guaranteed)
props for the colors/paintwork

Molly - 05/06/14 - 2:10pm

@Colin, Speaking for myself, yes, I really am upset to be referred to as “high-heeled set.” WHen you hear sexist crap every day for 40 years, it adds up, and rather than getting used to it, you get angrier about it. Sexism is cumulative.

Colin - 05/06/14 - 3:35pm

I personally find David’s comment more sexist than Tyler’s. Fast women have to spend all their time training? They can’t be a mother of 3 teenagers who all do their own sports? They can’t enjoy dressing up and looking nice on occasion? Junior national champs should wear flats to prom? OR maybe Tyler was saying that women have a high ankle(heels) pedal stoke. OR Maybe he was saying that only women who wear high heels can buy this bike.

OR, he was trying to add a little flair to the piece and didn’t think people would get all bent out of shape about 3 words.

Christopher - 05/06/14 - 4:25pm

Colin: Yes, 3 words, that’s it. It’s not the rampant institutionalized sexism that keeps women out of cycling or the fact that a well-distributed journalist thinks it’s better to be sexist than not include “flair” in his writing or that BikeRumor very promptly corrects technical errors in articles but ! can’t seem to find the keyboard after they publish misogynistic drivel. Just the 3 words. Nail on the head buddy.

Anne - 05/06/14 - 5:37pm

I have 2 trek bikes, one wsd lexa, one men’s cross rip elite. Both ride exactly the same. It’s all down to who sets them up.

jimmy - 05/06/14 - 8:07pm

“Are you GUYS really this mad about 3 words?”

What the hell is that supposed to mean? I could be horrendously insensitive with less words than that. Yes, us guys are offended by demeaning comments. I have a wife and my two kids are both girls. I hope they grow up without people trying to single them out in such a manner. Answer me this: what would be the male equivalent to ‘high heeled’? Yeah, that’s right. There isn’t one. Comments like this diminish people.

Tyler Benedict - 05/07/14 - 11:16am

All – The simple play on words was merely a creative way of saying the bike is intended for women, not men. I have a mother, wife and daughter and have the utmost respect for women. We are one of very few major cycling sites that has a female tech editor (Saris), and Kristi handles our lifestyle and related posts. So, fully half of the regular contributors to Bikerumor are female. They both do an amazing job and I’m proud to have them on board (and I’m pretty sure their high heels are mostly collecting dust at the back of their closets).

To clarify, the phrase “high heeled set” does not state or imply that only women who wear high heels can ride this bike. Nor does it state or imply anyone must wear high heels to be considered a woman. Nor does it state or imply that not wearing high heels makes a woman less worthy of respect or admiration or in any way less of an equal. It was simply a way to avoid using the same word over and over again, a struggle all journalists face when writing numerous articles daily. Anything read into it is an unfortunate and misplaced assumption of my, or Bikerumor’s, attitude towards any gender.

That said, we understand there will always be different perceptions and assumptions about our writing based on one’s own experiences and attitudes on different topics. We try to be sensitive of that, and we never intentionally denigrate anyone based on race, gender or lifestyle.