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Road frames preferred by women?(5 posts)

Road frames preferred by women?Faster D
Jun 26, 2002 10:12 PM
My wife is in the market for a new road bike. She is about 5' 5" with long legs and a shorter torso. She has been on a Lemond Zurich for a year now (bought it used as road bike litmus test) and she is looking to upgrade. Can anyone recommend a frame (non custom) that is more comfy for a person of her size?
re: Road frames preferred by women?Spinchick
Jun 27, 2002 5:08 AM
That size describes alot of people. Does her Lemond fit her well? If so, why not test ride several bikes in the same size (same tt length, etc.) and see which one feels best? It's close to impossible to generalize about particular frames based on height alone. There are Women's Specific Design bikes but the majority of women don't need them. They seem to work better for really petite women (and even then - not always necessary).
No such thing...jtolleson
Jun 27, 2002 5:30 AM
particularly for women at your wife's height and taller... the sea is their oyster. Probably no need for a WSD bike, and although not every bike geometry will work, that's true for any rider.

That she's been happy on the Zurich speaks volumes... the rumored slack ST and long top tube have been disfavored among some women riders.

"Upgrading" from a Zurich means you are looking in the $2k plus market, so you'll have lots to choose from. If she wants to stay with steel, she can probably even get custom geometry through Landshark, Indy Fab, or a long list of excellent smaller builders, without spending much extra for it.
re: Road frames preferred by women I knowdzrider
Jun 27, 2002 6:01 AM
Pinarello, Lemond, Terry, Seven, Cannondale, Specialized, JP Weigle. Get the picture? The Zurich is a very nice spot to start upgrading frame and there shouldn't be much problem finding a bike that feels good to her. If she can't find anything that feels lots better than the Zurich, it's not a bad place to be either.
You forgotjtolleson
Jun 27, 2002 7:29 AM
Bianchi, Fuji, Trek, Litespeed, Merckx, and Colnago! : )