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Trek Lush Carbon Womens

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $4829.99

Product Description

You love nature, adventure, tackling singletrack with friends, seeking new challenges. So does Lush. It's a perfect match.

  • Full OCLV Mountain Carbon frameset w/Carbon Armor
  • Fox 32 FIT DRCV fork
  • Bontrager Rhythm Elite wheelset & seatpost
  • Shimano XT brakes

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by gmarchie12 a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 17, 2012

    Strengths:    a good value. many frame improvements from the Trek Fuel WSD. handles well with excellent suspension properties. 2012 Lush SL has decent color

    Weaknesses:    low end crankset on Lush SL. not compatible with water bottle cages. 2012 color options are hideous (except for Lush SL which is decent) and will not match well with most prospective upgrades that are dominated with red, gold, etc unfortunately, color coordination is a big thing among most ladies

    Bottom Line:   
    i have researched and tested the Trek Lush Carbon and the Trek Lush SL. I was intending to splurge on my girlfriend who has shown great improvement in mountainbiking. i was also intending to either settle with SLX or XT or maybe XTR

    For comparison among women's bikes, i have also researched the Specialized Safire Pro, Giant Trance XW, Norco Sight Forma 2 and Forma 3 and the Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon.

    The Trek Lush rides very well. Suspension has minimal bob when pedaling but descends very well. Its ABP system works well and allows suspension to remain active even during panic braking. The price value is one of the best and second only to the Norco Sight Forma. Compared to last years model (its predecessor) 2011 Trek Fuel 8 WSD, the Lush has improved with lower standover height and a better riding experience.

    the Lush has less travel with 120mm compared to the Norco Sight Forma at 140mm and the PC Mach 5.7 carbon at 140/150mm. However my girlfriend is upgrading from a 80-100 fork hardtail so i think the 140 is overkill (at least for now). the difference in travel was therefore inconsequential.

    The price was great and i really wanted to settle with the Lush. Unfortunately, there were two things that were simply unacceptable in this bike:

    1. color. the colors of their bikes are far from attractive and clashes with most upgrades that i wanted to add. for example, i intended to add a better wheelset which had red stripes (as most mtb components have)... with so many other colors the bike starts to look like a rainbow or clown in bad way. although color is not a big issue to me, it was an issue with my sister and my girlfriend and since i was already spending that much money, i wanted a good looking bike. The outgoing 2011 Trek EX 8 WSD (was on sale) looked great but was not the right size.

    2. you cannot attach a water bottle cage on it. the bike decision basically came to this. as an avid mountain biker, we go 3-4x a week but each ride is less than 2.5 hours long. most of the female bikers including my sis and girlfriend rarely ride more than 2 hours and would rather use water bottles for non-epic length bike rides. they don't want to wear a sweaty camelback that needs to be washed each week and requires extensive preparation beyond filling a clean water bottle that they could wash in the dishwasher.

    in the end, no matter how i tried to convince myself about the Lush, it simply didn't cut it. by lowering the standover height (which was already sufficiently low in the previous Fuel EX WSD) they made the frame triangle too small to allow a water bottle cage and thus didn't even try to put bolts/receivers on the downtube. if this was a freeride or downhill bike, i would understand the lack of water bottle cage bolts/receivers but this is a trail bike!

    nearly went with the Specialized Safire Pro but it looks hideous and the suspension design was not inspiring. i ended up settling with the Pivot Cycles 5.7 Carbon (the aluminum did not allow water bottle cages either) and built it with Shimano XT at competitivecyclist.com. it is a sweet bike although i ended up spending nearly 2x more than i intended to when i was looking at the Trek Lush

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    Bike Setup:   all XT (Lush carbon) or SLX (Lush SL)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jenn_0

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012

    Strengths:    extremely well balanced, stable, stiff yet compliant, it has actually made me faster despite me growing a bit fatter!

    Weaknesses:    very active rear shock so somewhat easy to bottom out the pedals

    Bottom Line:   
    see above. I am very happy!

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