24" wheel kids bike will fit her better than an xs 26" adult bike.
The only reason parents buy their 10yr olds 26" wheeled adult bikes is with the flawed logic that they'll "grow into" them and unless your wife is a child bride that's not likely to happen any time soon is it?
Right, that's it, I've had enough... I've GOT to bite this time!
For someone so relatively new to here, you don't half post some crap don't you!
Love the fact your profile says this...
Hi. I’m Derek, a twin so please don’t confuse me with my elder brother, he’s a bore with an opinion on everything, I’m far quieter and spend most of my life riding bikes
REALLY? Please god if you think your brother is a bore with an opinion on everything, go have a look in the mirror! Seems it runs in the family...
Anyway... Seeing as Willow Koerber at 5ft2 used to win races on a 29er, I think the argument for wheel size is totally invalid here. Besides, when have you ever seen a decent 24" wheeled XC bike? AFAIK there's only islabike that make anything approaching half decent and lightweight 24" wheeled mountain bikes, otherwise you're restricted to heavy sub £200 kids bikes with 6 speed revoshifters, or 24" Dirt Jump bikes probably with a singlespeed and massively heavy kit.
26" wheeled bikes go plenty small enough if you know where to look. Depends if you want a frame only or whole bike too. The Santa Cruz Juliana Frames aren't cheap, but they are good quality, and go very small. Trek and Specialized do ladies bikes that go very small. But so do a few other companies too. We sell Merida's at work, and the Merida Juliet range goes flippin' tiny! The smallest they do may only be a 14" frame, but it's so short, that even ladies of 5ft1 or so tend to go for the 16" frame to get a bit of extra length. Certainly even someone of down to about 4ft8 would be fine on the 14" Merida Juliet's.
As for other's... Well it's a shame they don't do them any more, but the Merlin Malt range used to come in sizes right down to a diddy 13", even the 15" is pretty small though. Also All Terrain Cycles used to do the Handsome Dog range in a 14" (and it was small for a 14") but don't seem to any more. Then there were the Brand X's that CRC used to do (think same frame as the Handsome Dog rebranded), and well... Seems there used to be a lot! Best get on ebay for a cheapie!