New bike for the shorter amongst us
My SO is interested in buying a new hardtail. Unfortunately it would appear that if she wants something of an XC type bike, quite probably in carbon then she’s more or less forced to go 29er, the majority of which appear to have a standover greater than her leg length. She’d like something that might equate, say, to a Yeti ARC (but not one, because that’d be really embarrassing).Posted 4 years ago
5’3″ here. Specialized fate. My 4’11” wife also much prefers it to her 14.5 trek hardtail.Posted 4 years ago
Not all 29ers will fit small people, ie rode a small giant trance and my wife the womens anthem, neither were very great. But the specialized has a nice short head tube, small travel on forks, and pretty short chain stays. Its a great bike.
Carbon, XC, 26″ wheels, XS size.Posted 4 years ago
On One Whippet
[coughs] The choice of bike will not be mine. If I was to turn round and say I’ve found you a nice pink bike, I’d probably wake up the following weekend to the smell of mountain oysters frying in the kitchen (she’s vegetarian).Posted 4 years ago
This was just a post to put something out there to see what was available as she was interested in getting a new hardtail, partly caused by me occidentally buying one of the last Yeti ARC frames at Easter and then building it up recently, and partly because we’ve spent the last 5 years almost exclusively riding road and cross usually with a couple of biggish rides each year ie touring holidays in the high Pyrenees or French Alps, la Marmotte, Maratona dles Dolomites, RvV, Paris Roubaix, GF Stelvio etc…. followed by a season of cross.
She doesn’t want a hardcore hardtail, or a pink ladies starter bike, she wants a decent quality, lightweight, capable XC oriented hardtail, and it was quite surprising to us both how hard it is now to buy a decent quality hardtail in anything other than 29er, or 27.5 or 650b, and in XS, and definitely not with pink flowers (cos she’s a woman).
She’s quite taken by the niner EMD9… I am told that there’s a XS frame currently in stock at Cycleworks.
I am sorry I am still struggling with what wheel size you actually want?
If you want 26″ then look at the Whippet, its an out & out carbon XC bike that wont break the bank, & at 5ft 3 she is bang on for a 14″ if & when they are back in stock.
Bianchi still do 26″ carbon race hardtail too.
If you do actually want 29″ wheels on an XS bike then your already looking at the Niner.
In my opinion the small frames with the big wheels look a little at odds.Posted 4 years agolondon_ladyMember
She doesn’t mind which size wheels she has but she cannot see the point of 29″ wheels for a 5ft 3″ person. Having 26″ wheels would keep down the cost a bit.Posted 4 years ago
She isn’t a fan of On-One bikes.
She likes the Yeti but her budget is more in the region of £500-700 for a frame.pinetreeMember
This was just a post to put something out there to see what was available as she was interested in getting a new hardtail, partly caused by me occidentally buying one of the last Yeti ARC frames at Easter and then building it up recently
There are still a few of the older ARC frames kicking about. Silverfish still have 1 each of the small and XS. http://www.silverfish-uk.com/ProductDetail/0/7260/Arc-FramePosted 4 years agocaptainsideburnsMember
“She doesn’t mind which size wheels she has but she cannot see the point of 29″ wheels for a 5ft 3″ person.”
The point for 29″ wheels is exactly the same for any sized person. Getting a frame that works well for a smaller person may be another matter.
I can’t speak highly enough for my Specialized Fate, but I understand Specialized isn’t very niche 😛Posted 4 years ago
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