I don’t usually comment on new road bike releases (as there are too many) and particularly not “Womens Specific” ones. But the Silque is interesting enough to warrant making a few observations.
Trek don’t particularly need to create another geometry – across the road range I count 38 distinct sizes – Domane, Domane Classics Edition, Madone H1, H2 & H3 (previous WSD bikes have been H3). But they have done so with the Silque – a modified version of the Domane.
The plot to the right shows the size progression of a few WSD bikes from major brands. If you’re not familiar with Reack & Stack they are the coordinates of the top of the head tube compared to the bottom bracket. Reach & Stack are the most useful sizing metrics for comparing bikes.
What is notable is that the Silque gets taller much more rapidly that the competitor models. So for a rider requiring the bars high and close it will work quite nicely. It’s also clear that Trek have developed a consistent size progression – unlike the other brands that have varying steps between sizes.
The geometry chart shows that the Silque shares the purpose of the Domane. It is a bit frustrating that Trek have chosen quite steep seat tube angles as the Silque uses their seatmast system that only offers one offset. I’ve checked the fit for a couple of my female clients for whom the Silque would make sense and the seat tube angle means that the bike simply would not work for them.
However – this problem is not unique to the Silque – I frequently have issues with fitting Treks because of the limited offset options in their top models.
Overall the Silque is a nice addition to the market. While the sizing principles are the same as the Domane it offers a couple of smaller sizes and slightly sharpened handling. Reviews of the decoupler system on the Domane are universally favourable (I have not been able to test a Domane as they have too much stack for me to get anywhere close to my normal riding position) so the Silque will undoubtedly be a very smooth riding option for women looking for a bike suitable for recreational riding.