What bike for a vertically challenged female?
I’m trying to sort out a xc/trail bike for my 5’1″ (she says petite) girlfriend…
The Merlin Malt 1 seems like good value, trouble is she seems to fall between the 13″ and 15″ sizes going by the geometry sheet. does anyone have any experiences of the malt sizing or frames for small females?
Equally does any one have any other recommendations or suitable bikes they are trying to sell? (if there is a 14″ “that blue” inbred frame/build out there….) Probably looking to spend about £400-500 tops.
Many thanksPosted 9 years agomboySubscriber
Stoat, if you’re looking at the Merlins (good choice for VFM), then DEFINITELY go with the 13″ version. The 15″ version is over 22″ on the TT, definitely way too long for a girlie of your missus’ height IMO.
Other than that, for the budget you’re quoting, check out all the usual big name brands like Specialized, Trek, Giant etc. as they all have WSD models these days, and the specific geometry often makes the difference required. Though a 13″ Merlin would be a good bet (she’d probably need a decent length seatpost though).Posted 9 years agorobdobMember
My wife has a 12.5″ GT but I’m not sure if they do that size anymore. She was recently VERY impressed with the specialized range of small ladies bikes. You may have to travel a bit to try out the right frame size though. One thing I learnt was not to be snobby about the components, just get the right fit even if you have to go for a lower spec, it’s more important.Posted 9 years agoCHBSubscriber
13″ malt one would be great. My wife is 5’4″ and rides a 15″, but a 13″ would have suited her too.Posted 9 years ago
Basically any small frame with a slopeing toptube will be grand. So thats most bikes these days! My son has a 14″ on-one inbred that he happilly rode at the height of 4’10”.
Cheers guys, some good food for thought there. Think we’ll be heading into town this weekend to check out some of the big name offerings. Still liking the sound of the malt 1, but if something jumps up as fitting amazingly.
the-kid, just out of interest how much would you be looking at for the cake, frame or full build?
Davidj- that pic made me smile!Posted 9 years ago
Had a butchers in the LBSs and as i suspected there were no tiny bikes to try out. Might pop over to glentress tomorrow to see how the ex-hire 14″ konas size up.
bikey; sadly I think that frame may be too big, guess I could try popping some baby-bio in her tea and see if she grows…
Thanks for all the ideas guysPosted 9 years ago
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