Women specific Frames, who?
I didn’t realise ladies had such issues finding frames/bikes that fitted well.
So, I’ve looked at Myka’s -the frame sizing appears to be completely different to normal.
Now, i’m starting to seriously consider the 4x route, this should give good stand over and I can just use my old parts with a new long seat post. So the question remains – I don’t want to spend more than £400, si I need a bike for a 5’8″ lady that wants very good standover.Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
You’re making it difficult, just buy one of these. 😉Posted 4 years agouwe-rMember
My wife has a spesh hardrock womens specific and my issue with it is it’s massively over built. It’s a very small frame (13.5”) so its compact anyway but the tubes are big and there is an obscene amount of welding. It’s like a tank and is the stiffest / toughest bike I have ever ridden. If there was a similar geometry frame available without the excessive bulk and weight I would be interested in getting one for the missus, 4x sounds interesting but you want to avoid overbuilt small bikes imo.Posted 4 years agorobinlaidlawMember
Ah, there you see, I was thinking 17″ diva but as hatters missus is a beautifully proportioned 5’4″, this shows it will be too small for a 5’8″ lady..
Not necessarily. My wife is 5’3″ and needs a XS (14″) frame. I’d expect a 17″ to be about right for an average 5’8″ woman and only o.k for one of 5’4″ if she has proportionally long legs.Posted 4 years agoCloverSubscriber
I am 5’8″ and ride just about any medium frame I can lay my hands on… don’t worry too much about WSD, just get something nice and as light as you can manage.
Currently riding an Ibis mojo, (it’s so very pretty). Had a go on a Trek Lush once and would rather have lightweight than WSD. Hauling a heavy bike around is no fun and could put you right off.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
I don’t see any need for ‘WSD’ frames based on all the data I’ve seen, but a lower standover and BB and small sizing to suit anyone at 5′-5’6″ is good. We/Pinnacle have ‘WS’ bikes as people ask for them and it’s better for shops to be able to sell a bike with the right finishing kit fitted than swap it over onto a unisex bike, but at 5’8″ your OH could ride most mens/unisex ~16″ MTB frames. Just fit narrower bars, short stem and the right saddle, maybe an inline post, and all’s good.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers James, now why couldn’t I find that on the Evans site originally…?
Don’t get me wrong, I know she would probably fit most unisex frames, but there is a perception that is very hard to overcome, and that is that she doesn’t want to raise her leg to high to get on (for ‘safety’ you see).
anyway, i’m going to try dragging her to a shop at the weekend to see how she feels.Posted 4 years ago
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