First up, lets address the colours – because it’s bound to come up: this Trek Silque SL is black and ‘flamingo pink’.
he ride is super smooth – as smooth as a well brewed flat white, an Aero Bubbly or a magic carpet. Road vibrations barely reached me when I took this bike for a spin.
Similes aside – what have Trek done to create a bike that sails over lumps and bumps with such serenity? It’s all about the ‘IsoSpeed Decoupler’. Which means the square root of zero to most people.
This carbon frame goes right down to 44cm (for a rider around 4 ft 8), so Trek have addressed the issue by adjusting the tubing so that its thickness is size specific to the frame.
This means that women aren’t forced to lug bikes up hills that are heavy in relation to their generally lower body weight.
Lifting the bike to carry it down the four flights of stairs at TWC, I can confirm the frame feels super light.
This bike has a full Shimano Ultegra Groupset. The wheels, tyres, saddle, and (rather nice, infact) Microfibre bar tape are all Bontrager, everything matches and is produced to a high quality.
In terms of the sort of riding – the Silque prides itself on being a bit of a Jacqueline-of-all-Trades. The smoothness of this ride, compact chainset and 22 gears for climbing, plus hidden mudguard mounts, mean you could take this bike to the mountains, complete a long distance sportive, or ride it on a club ride in total comfort.