Trek World has unleashed a host of surprises upon us. Not the least of which is the almost-cyclocross worthy Crossrip bike and the Cali 29er, a women’s specific hardtail and the forthcoming Lush 29er, Trek’s first use of the Full Floater ABP suspension design on a 29er mountain bike!

Equipped with disc brakes and looking the part, it’s designed to be a do-everything commuter-leaning road bike. It’s a solidly featured ride that should appeal to a great many cyclists, and a real bargain for daily riders looking to do a few ‘cross races in the winter. 700x35c tire clearance means you can throw just about any available ‘cross or touring tire on it, and Trek says it’ll even fit their 29×1.8 Bontrager MTB treads. It has Trek’s nifty hidden fender mounts, mechanical disc brakes, internal cable routing, a carbon fork and two spec levels to hit key price points at $1,269.99 (Elite, above) and $1,099.99.

They also showed off a few prototypes and concepts, some of which may make it to production and some that’ll likely continue on only in our dreams…


The Elite, at the top of the post, comes spec’d with a 2×10 Shimano Sora drivetrain, FSA compact cranks and Hayes’ CX5 mehanical calipers.

The base Crossrip, above, gets a 3×8 base level Shimano drivetrain and Avid BB5 brakes.

Here’s a prototype of the Crossrip…we’re kinda partial to the color scheme!


The Cali is a new women’s 29er hardtail mountain bike. It replaces the X-Cal and Mamba and is a true women’s specific platform. Spring rates are a bit softer and geometry and spec based on Trek’s research that showed women tend to ride in a more forward position, so they made the head tube steeper so the rider isn’t fighting to find her best position on the bike.

Prices range from $729.99 to $1,649.99, with spec that should perform well without being anything to write home about. The key feature here is likely the frame, components can be upgraded as necessary. The Cali SL, above, is the top of the range and gets a Shimano M552 crank, SLX rear derailleur and Deore for the rest. Wheels, tires and cockpit are Bontrager with a Rockshox Reba RL 100mm fork. Three models in all, each getting an Alpha Gold alloy frame with internal front derailleur cable routing.


Introduced as a 2012 model, the Lush is a women’s specific full suspension bike. (26″ Lush SL shown above, we’re waiting on a few sneak peeks of the 29er and will update as soon as we get them!). Soon, they’ll have the Lush 29er available as a base and SL model, both alloy frames. As of now, there’s no announced launch date…but it’s in their dealer’s system as a 2013 model with delayed availability.

Seems dealers at Trek World were pretty excited about the Lush 29er for a couple reasons. First, it’s a high performance suspension platform for women, something that doesn’t have a lot of competition in the marketplace right now. Second, showcases the future of Trek’s full suspension offerings…meaning you can expect more long travel 29er bikes using the Full Floater ABP suspension design to come. It’s impressive they put this on the women’s side first.


The new Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL were announced already, getting some extreme makeover style weight loss. Part of their previously top secret Apollo Project, the frames were sent to two separate departments within Trek to see how each would pick it apart and make it lighter. Once they’d each done their respective best, the teams were brought together to take the best of each others work and combine them to make the frames lighter and stronger. Above is a little video on the project.


At left, an integrated headlight on the head tube and side marker LEDs on the fork blades. At right, a tail light built into the integrated toolbox on the Speed Concept TT/triathlon bike.

One piece bar/stems are old hat. What we really need are one piece bar/stem/iPhone holders! If only they had placed the phone mount out in front, as is the style these days.

This one’s my favorite. Integrated garage door opening on your headset cap anyone?


  1. Integrated electronic mounts seem like a bad idea given how fast electronic devices change. Would suck to buy an expensive bar/combo and then discover a year later that the latest iPhone won’t fit. The integrated lights are pretty slick.

  2. The rest seems kinda bland / expected to me, but I’d love to have an integrated / secret / WATERPROOF garage door opener… Especially one in the top cap that I can take from bike to bike.

  3. I can get behind the garage door opener. Pretty clever idea. Integrated lights they should go ahead and skip. They have enough trouble making their non-intergrated lights and batteries work as it is. No roadie or tri-geek is going to pay that much for a bike just to have the added weight of lights. Good idea but wrong bike.

  4. @oderus I can imagine quite a few of the tri geeks getting into the integrated lights. Here in Phoenix, most of this crowd starts riding in the very early AM (3:30-5:00AM) and does most of their riding in the dark. I especially think the rear one would be very popular as the toolbox could be swapped out for raceday. Most of the tri geeks I know would gladly trade a few grams of weight for bling anyhow.

  5. The top two bikes really don’t look like 700c machines. More like 26″ MTB slicks. Like they say about about airplane design: if it looks good, it probably flies well. Something doesn’t look right. Holy cow that top of wheel to fork crown clearance is MTBish.

    P.S. Tommy, they are metal, you can cold set anything 5mm. C, then I’d care.

    BBB you must be really slow on what road bikes should be like. I like the idea of a disc-equipped ultra roadie, but these are not road bikes. They are hybrid CX bikes.

  6. I see the Crossrip more as a gravel bike/winter road bike than anything else. 135mm spacing is certainly the way to go.

  7. looks like the black rubber looking part of the iPhone holder is interchangeable to accommodate different shape iPhones. They’re showing a 3G/3GS so it would be a major oversight if it wasn’t changeable given than the 3G/3GS is already obsolete.

  8. Whatever – 08/20/12 – 5:35pm
    BBB you must be really slow on what road bikes should be like. I like the idea of a disc-equipped ultra roadie, but these are not road bikes.

    A definition of an “ultimate roadie” depends on what you intend to use it for.

    Vast majority of people on road bikes don’t race, don’t belong to clubs and don’t have the legs and handling skills to benefit from an “ultra roadie”.
    They are often overweight and cycle on not so perfect roads (at least in UK)

    People like that don’t need racing bikes with relatively sharp steering and POINTLESSLY limited tyre/mudguard clearance.

    This kind of bike makes perfect sense for a “normal” person riding on the road who doesn’t subscribe to the pro image marketing nonsense.

  9. P.S. If typical tyre clearance was 28mm on racing bikes and 35mm (+ mudguards) on audax / winter trainers perhaps there would be no need for dedicated commuting or half-CX bikes like Crossrip.

  10. There are some things I love and some things I don’t like. For instance I love bikes and I don’t like arguing about them. Companies make bikes to satisfy everyone’s needs. If you want a great road bike from Trek get a Madone if you want to tool around town or play off road on a budget get the Crossrip if you want to argue about it get a life.

    The point is wether you ride in the A-group or with Critical Mass bikes are still fun so don’t hate.

  11. We’ve sold several Cross Rips already and our customers really like them. We are also going to work hard on getting some women on the new Trek Cali. We think Trek has a good thing going regarding these new bikes.

What do you think?