- Bike for the lady
Im after a little advice. My Girlfriend wants to give mountain biking a go so im currently searching for a decent beginners bike that will mainly be used for xc and single track riding.
We havent got a huge budget, mainly incase she decides she doesnt enjoy it as much as she thinks she will!
We are looking for hardtails with hydraulic disks and fairly decent suspension.
Any recommendations?Posted 5 years agoSprocketJockeyMember
I remember the Myka Sport getting good reviews on Bike Radar a while back. This is the disc version which seems pretty reasonable:
For a bit more, Halfords do a female specific Boardman MTB which looks to be pretty good VFM.
Edinburgh Bicycles also so a womens specific bike in their Revolution range which may be worth a look as a budget option. Frame looks pretty good but not sure on the brakes and fork.
EDIT – just realised that the EBC and Myka have cable disks. If you could stretch to it then my money would be on the Boardman. If she didn’t get on with it, you could probably recoup the money by splitting the bike and selling the bits.Posted 5 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
You may not need to go women’s specific, depends on her proportions – classically girls are short in the body and longer in the legs than guys, but not always. If she has a longer body then a men’s bike may suit her – you probably need to plonk her on a bike and see how it fits.Posted 5 years agonoblebikesMember
I have a lady friend who has a Mkya Expert hardtail and she does light XC riding and she finds it absolutely amazing, she says it fits her needs perfectly, so if you’re looking for a bike made for women in mind i’d go for the Myka although as stated above you may not need a womens specific bike i know many girls who just ride any mtb no matter what gender is stated in the descriptionPosted 5 years agohoneybadgerxSubscriber
My better half is 5’9″ and a half (the half is very important apparently), and she found a medium men’s bike fit her better than a female specific one, so don’t be afraid to try them, it’s what fits that counts at the end of the day.
Also, if she’s not sure whether she’ll like it or not, go to a couple of trail centres and hire a bike for a half a day, that way she’ll get a better feel for what she likes and if she likes the sport, and for the sake of maybe £50-60 a lot cheaper than buying one and it never getting used.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for the replies guys.
The boardman does look pretty swish, but out of budget. Its most likely i will hunt for something second hand.
She is only 5″2ish and generally pretty tiny all together, thats the only reason im thinking a womens specific might suit her a little better.
Iv’e seen a few Mykas come up and they look pretty ideal so something like that might be a winner!Posted 5 years agopslingSubscriber
daver89 – Member
Hiring sounds like a good idea, My local trails would be forest of dean… does anyone know the standard of bikes hired out there?
Give Pedalabikeaway a ring on 01594 860 065 (ask for Jodie or Lingy) and they’ll tell you what’s available in a size to suit, plus hire rates.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for that i will give them a call on the next dry day.
I agree though, the Stumpy is beautiful but would still be too big for her. A bargain none the less but for that i’d want it to be perfect to give her the best chance of enjoing it.
Will just keep an eye on the classified’s and fingers crossed a gem will pop up. 🙂Posted 5 years agotomasoSubscriber
My wife is 5’8″ but has almost the same inside leg as me and I’m 6’1″. A small gents frame with a short stem, plenty of steerer showing and spacers to raise the front plus a ladies saddle make her happy. The bike is a 16 inch Genesis Core with Tora forks and they are quite affordable secondhand circa £2-300.
When my bikes been knackered I’ve borrowed it and been very pleasantly surprised how good it rides and how much fun it is.
But I’ve just seen how tall your lady is and perhaps this might fit the bill better?Posted 5 years ago
ebay 24 inch Genesis Core
tomaso’s got it right.
The budget would be up to the £300 mark. Tight i know but there are much much smaller but shinier things im sure she would rather have!
If money was no object i would be spending a lot more but just to get her going i think its do-able on that budget.
Maybe a custom build with all second hand parts might be the way forwardPosted 5 years agoCloverSubscriber
Get it as light as possible! We’re lighter than blokes to start off with (in the main) (and less powerful) so we need lighter bikes to even up the weight to bike ratio and not to be left trailing on the way up!
Feeling rubbish up hill was quite off putting when I started. Once I had that sorted, I got into going downhill faster. Now I like both.
I have got an Ibis to play with (I *need* it, ok?). 😀Posted 5 years ago
This is the idea! For someone who hasnt rode in a good few years, to then be tackling Afans/Cwmcarns climbs it must be as light as possible, however we will stop as many times as we need to, we will work our way up to that to begin with anyway.
Unfortunately going in on a budget, weight is sacrificed somewhat 🙁
Haha, Ibis…….as you do!Posted 5 years ago
If budget is low and you’re sacrificing weight I’d suggest a tow rope for long climbs. I’m only half joking too, I’ve had to ride next to my missus while giving her a push on long climbs just to keep morale high and banter flowing. A tow rope in those circumstances would have been a blessing. She has a Spesh Hardrock that is pretty heavy (am building a lighter FS for her now).Posted 5 years ago
Ahh now that brings back memories! My brother used to have to ride next to me giving me a push when i was struggling as a kid. Will certainly be doing that. Keeping morale high is key. When i was starting out the climbs used to destroy me.
Once she is up there though and can really see what its all for im sure she will love itPosted 5 years agoCloverSubscriber
Love the tow rope idea! I got better pretty quick and can smash out a decent climb these days. But I remember being coaxed up hills and being taught to spin.
The Ibis is a borrow – luckily I’m 5’8″ so ‘borrowing’* the BF’s lesser used bikes is possible. *for this type of borrow you need to surround the bike with barbed wire and perfect that look for just in case it’s suggested that you might like to give it back.
In all seriousness, if I did have to buy my own bike now (after a couple of years of riding) I would probably get a hard tail for cheap/lightness as the confidence the Ibis has given me doesn’t depart if I have a go on one.Posted 5 years ago
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