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  • Hard Tail for my Wife up to £700
  • NJA
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    My wife is 5’2” tall and is looking for her first proper MTB. The last one she had was a Raleigh Amazon about 15 years ago.

    I am looking to spend no more than £700 and want something that is fairly nice, and most importantly available as I want to get her using it whilst she is keen.

    So what’s good?


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    So what’s good?

    You may have to take what you can find….

    Fit is also the challenge for the vertically challenged – a few mm here and there transforms the fit, whereas 6′ me needs a cm here or there to make the difference.

    That said…

    5’1″ Mrs_oab has/had an 2017 xs Trek Superfly – really good fit, handled well, a touch to stiff in the rear for comfort. At 5’2″ I think your wife would be a small frame.

    When we sold it https://www.google.com/amp/s/singletrackworld.com/classifieds/advert/trek-superfly-6-2017-rare-xs-13-5-4/%3famp

    Shes now on a Liv Lust full suspension £700 second hand – more comfortable, but doesn’t handle as well. More nervous.

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    Small is instock and 5’2″ looks to be between XS/S sizes. I have the 2019 unisex version and couldn’t be happier.

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    If the small will do it looks to have Deore 1×10, hydraulic brakes and air forks.

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    Scott Contessa Active 30 or 40.

    Great bikes with good sizing and geo for smaller riders and stock is about at the moment.

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    If you can still find one in the Sale, I bought my gf a Lapierre Edge AM 827 plus. It’s not the lightest, but it’s nippy as ****, especially on the rangers on fireroads/forest trails. Rolls over everything, good gear range and spec and sensible bar width. Only thing we changed was the saddle!

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    I’ve just bought one of those Boardmans for my wife who is 5’3″, it’s great but TBH I think the small is a little large for her.

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    My mrs got the Boardman MHT 8.6 a few months back, sure it was only £600 back then.

    Seems like a decent bike so far.


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    My Mrs got a kona mohala and it’s absolutely brilliant. I’m riding it at the moment because my forks are in the LBS and I love riding it.

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    Hi, Nick

    My wife is also 5’2″ and has an XS Whyte 802 ‘Compact’ (size-proportionate geometry/components – defo. helps).

    Brilliant bike: light, nimble, fits perfectly. Never put a foot (or, wheel?!) wrong. Unfortunately, not selling it but I’d buy one again.

    Have also PM’d you.


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    If the small will do it looks to have Deore 1×10

    Beware ! I bought my daughter one and the supplied crank & BB wasn’t Shimano (‘Prowheel’ instead !) They didn’t tell me and it was a few weeks before I spotted they’d swapped it out. Eventually got a bit of cash back as compensation but they said it wasn’t possible to supply me with the Deore crank and a replacement bike would probably have the same downgraded crank.

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