I know you know me. I’m not the girl to discuss wheels and SLX versus XT or headsets or geometry. It’s not that I’m not interested but I’m no expert. And I do judge things by their cover or color in my case. Having said all of that I think I can offer some insights into the new 2013 Trek Lush 29er SL.
I rode a few bikes last year; Trek Slash, Trek Lush (carbon) and the Trek Superfly (29er). It was a little like dating but in the back of my mind I knew something new was coming to town; the Lush 29er which is Trek’s first run at a women’s specific full suspension 29er. It was worth the wait. Now, we could talk about head angles and the bottom bracket drop and the standover but that would be so unlike me wouldn’t it.
I love the color; satin raw tint. I bought a 17”—surprising since I figured me as more of a 15.5” type. But I felt like a giant on the 15.5. I considered the 2013 Lush (26”) but I figured I’ve been riding 26” wheels for 14 years. Change is good. Before I even took it home I went tubeless. I’m sure there are many advantages but one of my main reasons was to shave off a pound or so. And then I bought some Shimano pedals: XT PD-M785 MTB to be exact. They give me a bit more of a platform for when I need the stability but don’t want to be clipped in. And then we switched out the handlebar. The stock one was small—was afraid all the other kids would laugh at me. So I bumped it up from a 680mm to a 720mm and so far I like that too.
Another thing I’m supercalifragilisticexpialidocious excited about is my new Rockshox Reverb. The Lush 29er comes with stealth (internal to you and me) dropper post routing and so I added the Reverb. For a pretty penny you can get one too. And if you’re really lucky your best friend bike mechanic will put your remote button on the inside of your handlebars so that if you ever crash (and you know you will) it won’t take out your remote. I think once you start riding with a seat dropper post you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
So, all in all I think this may turn out to be my favorite bike. But I said that about the pink Gary Fisher too. It’s like junior high when I would make signs like:
Cheri + Todd= True love forever or as long as they’re together.
I guess I’ve always known I’m a bit fickle. But for now I think the Lush 29er will fit me just fine. It feels good. It feels stable and supple enough for the uphill and strong enough for the downhill and the switchbacks. A lot like me and Todd back in middle school.