Trek 2.3 WSD Pro Review – By Karen Cooper
- Frame – Trek Alpha Black aluminum w/TCT carbon stays
- Fork – Bontrager Race, carbon
- Wheels – Bontrager Race
- Tires – Bontrager Race Lite, 700 x 23c
- Groupset – Shimano 105 (w/an Ultegra Rear Derailleur)
- Brakes – Aluminum dual-pivot
- MSRP – $1809
Meet the Trek 2.3 WSD
When I first started riding road bikes, the woman’s specific design movement hadn’t really gained much momentum. Over the last few years, the trend has really taken off, with lots of manufacturers thinking about what we women need in a bike and designing equipment that fits those needs.
The Trek 2.3 WSD (Women’s Specific Design) is a good example, filling a spot midway in the full WSD product line-up. The next jump up the line moves into Trek’s base Madone WSD. Below the five Madone WSD models, Trek offers a 1.2, 1.5, 2.1 and 2.3 WSD spec levels with prices ranging from $880 MSRP for the 1.2 to $1809 for the 2.3 we tested. For reference, the lowest equipment spec level of the Madone WSD jumps to $2,469 MSRP.
The 2.3 WSD comes in a wide range of frame sizes: 43cm, 47cm, 50cm, 54cm, and 56cm; I tested the 47, listed as an XS. Compared to the seat tube height, the top tubes start out with slighter longer on the smallest frames, and gradually transition towards shorter top tubes on the larger frames. The head tube angles are relaxed for a comfortable, stable ride, a confidence inspiring choice for beginner to intermediate level women riders. With full sloping top tube and seat tube sizes down to a 43 (the only WSD size to run a 650c wheel), the Trek WSD line allows even the shortest of us girls to get into a perfectly sized sporty road bike.