Trek used to make only "WSD" versions of the same model names sold "for men." But things aren't that simple anymore! What's the men's version of the Lexa SLX?
Looking around their site, the Madone 2.1 seems to have similar components, yet is only $1,319.99 compared to the Lexa which is $1,649.99. Looking over the specs, I can't see why there is such a discrepancy in the price. The Domane 2.3 is also quite similar and has the IsoSpeed decoupler on the frame and appears to hace rack mounts based on the picture. It is priced at $1,869.99.
There also seems to be a substantial price difference between the Silque and the very similar Emonda S4, which are priced at $2,089.99 and $1,649.99 respectively. It's interesting that the women's specific models seem to be so much more expensive. Maybe there's something I'm missing out on with the pricing.
I have bought 6 bikes in the last 5 years. 5 of those bikes have been Trek bikes. Not because I love the brand, but because the bike shop that I bought the bikes from tries really hard to make my wife happy. Our LBS tries really hard to keep her on the road, and that is not an easy thing. she's 5'2" with a long torso and short legs. Not exactly the easiest fit for road bikes and mountain bikes.
Long story, short. We visited every single LBS in a 35 mile radius from our house and as soon as my wife tried one bike, or as soon as they saw her, we got turned away with nothing more than a "sorry, we have no bikes that will fit your body type."
As a last ditch effort, we visited what is now "our" LBS (the only one I visit now, four years later). They told us about their extensive line of bikes and how they could find a bike for her. Trek Skye 13". Four bikes later (all Trek brand btw), I've become a bit of a Trek fanboy.
These are the line of bikes as I understand them.
- The 1-series and the Lexa series are parallel to each other.
- The 1-series is non-gender specific, and the higher end 1.5 is just a little short of being in the Madone series.
- The lexa series is specifically dialed for women's bodies, with the higher end Lexa SLX just being short of being in the Silque series.
- The silque and the Domane Series are also parallel to each other. These are made to balance speed and comfort.
- The silque series is specific for women.
- The Domane series is non-gender specific.
- The Madone is their primary road bike. Not much on comfort, it's all about the speed.
- The Emonda is the Madone series on a severe diet. Speed with as little weight as possible. The Emonda series is not race legal, but unless you are a pro-cyclist, it doesn't matter.
I hope this answers your question.