The Trek Silque SLX…
“Picture this: in one of the older inner-city suburbs there’s a narrow, concrete slab road along the railway line. It’s one-way, not a steep decline but enough of a slope to gather some momentum, and there are cars parked on either side with a few little side-streets feeding blindly into the flow of traffic down the concrete fault line that is the middle of that road. It’s called Lord Street, and when I ride down that road I have an idea why, albeit a blasphemous one. Now picture me on any given evening: bumping down that street at about 40 clicks, trying to stay ahead of cars behind, avoiding the cars joining, and feeling every bit of ‘feedback’ that my much-loved aluminium commuter provides. Nothing silky about that.
“Enter the Silque SLX. I rode down the middle of that cold, hard street feeling like I was riding a cushion. And by the time I reached the end of our very brief first date, I was grinning like an idiot and couldn’t wait to take her out again.”
– Read all of Claudia Carr’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #65.
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features five bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all five review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Trek Silque:
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There are now 20 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 116 bikes.
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