Not one to forget the women cyclists out there, Trek is reaffirming its dedication to producing the best WSD equipment with the all new Trek Lush. Replacing the Fuel WSD, the Lush is a completely new from the ground up 120mm full suspension bike with an new design that incorporates what is now the lowest standover height in its class.
Not only is this a new model for women out there, but it is also the first time Trek has produced a 120mm WSD platform that included an OCLV Carbon top level bike. In 2011, the Fuel WSD didn’t even get up to the EX 9 level, so the Lush Carbon and Lush SL will certainly be good new for women looking for a top quality ride.
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After doing some market research, Trek found that for most women a good mountain bike had to have great balance and control. More so, the bike had to be confidence inspiring with the right fit, and feel. Part of dialing in the comfort and confidence of the Lush meant lowering the top tube substantially from the Fuel EX. The biggest hurdle to overcome in this process was making room for the shock with such a low top tube. Eventually, Trek decided to run a shorter shock, which in the end turned out to be a bonus for the rider.
Typically, a lot of small women’s bikes are set up for fairly light riders when compared to many men. This means running the shock at much lower pressures to get the right suspension set up. However, most shocks have a minimum air pressure for optimal performance in order to overcome the stiction of the seals to provide a plush ride. Using a smaller shock on the Lush meant Trek’s engineers had to use a higher leverage ratio, that allows lighter riders to use more air pressure to overcome the higher leverage. This of course means the shock will be run at a better pressure to ensure optimal performance.
Not only is the top tube lower, but the entire bike has a lower center of gravity than the old Fuel to add to rider control. Bottom bracket and axle height stay the same, resulting in WSD Pro geometry that is easier to ride, and more confidence inspiring for shorter riders.
The Lush will be offered in 4 different models, including the top end Lush Carbon at the top. Women will get all the new tech the men do, including the all new DRCV Fox forks on both the Lush carbon, and Lush SL. Every Lush will be speced with a DRCV rear shock, with the top two models getting the new DRCV RP3, with CLimb, Ride, and Descend modes. Also, all Lush models will feature an ABP Convert rear end, with the top end Lush Carbon coming stock with a 142×12 set up. You’ll notice in the photos that Lush Carbon features Bontrager wheels, due to the fact that this is the first year Bontrager Rhythm wheels will be available with a 142×12 rear hub in 26 inch. Up front you’ll find a tapered E2 head tube along with a QR15 fork in all but the lowest end model, to guarantee the best handling possible.
Availability and pricing is not yet available, so check back after Trek World US!