Trek Women’s Neko – The Perfect Go-Anywhere Bike

 

Trek Women’s Neko – The Perfect Go-Anywhere Bike

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BICYCLING MAGAZINE BIKE REVIEWS

TREK

Neko SL

MSRP : $840.00
 Bicycling Magazine Issue  : Nov 2011
EDITORIAL REVIEW

There are touring bikes and there are city bikes. There are hybrids, mountain bikes, ‘cross bikes, and cruisers. And then there’s the Trek Neko, a bike so multifunctional—and elegant—it almost could be all of these.As soon as I got my hands on a Neko SL early this summer, I knew this was going to be the kind of bike that would need a long-term tryout with a variety of testers. It was clear that it had the potential to be different things to different people based on an array of features including a lightweight aluminum frame, 9-speed Shimano drivetrain and triple crankset, a hydraulic lockout suspension fork, disc brakes, and rack/fender mounts. It’s an impressive list, and it helps make the bike an exciting addition to the women’s market. The fact is, many women, especially those new to cycling, are looking for one bike they can use for any kind of riding, from mellow family outings to adventure races. Plus it has to be sturdy, handle well, and look good.

The Neko has little trouble meeting all these requirements. Hybrid tires take you from road to trail with ease. Flat handlebars and cushy, ergonomic grips support a relaxed, upright riding position. A downward-curving top tube with ample standover clearance and adjustable-reach brake levers make you feel safe during stop-and-go traffic. As for style, the Neko has it in spades: graceful frame lines, modern eye-catching graphics, and a warm gloss platinum finish.I found the Neko so versatile I rode it at the beach, on errands, and on trail and road rides with my 12-year-old daughter. (Incidentally, she loved the Neko so much I often had to pry it away from her for test rides.) Feedback from various riders—cycling newbies to experienced roadies—concurred that the Neko is a joy to pedal and offers the kind of no-worries handling you want in a bike you’ll use for fun and fitness. With three models starting at $530, it’s a great all-in-one choice that will take you to work, to town, to the park—or wherever you’d want to go on a bike.—Leah Flickinger 

 PRODUCT FEATURES – TREK NEKO SL

  • Sizes: 14”, 16”, 18” (tested)
  • Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum
  • Fork: SR Suntour NRX, adjustable with lockout, WSD Rider Right spring weight, 63mm travel
  • Component Highlights: Bontrager Nebula disc 32-hole rims; Bontrager H5 Plus 700x38c tires; Shimano Deore front derailleur; Shimano M430 Alivio shifters, rear derailleur, crank (48/36/26); SRAM PG-950 cassette (11-32); Bontrager Evoke 1 WSD saddle; Tektro Women’s Draco hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable-reach levers
  • Also available Neko ($529.99) and Neko S ($599.99)
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