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What are the advantages of a WSD bicycle?(7 posts)

What are the advantages of a WSD bicycle?Sabrina
Aug 7, 2003 11:51 AM
I am trying to decide between a compact bicycle and a Woman Specific Design. Looking that two frames, the WSD looks compact to me because the sloping top tube. Are there any real differences, or is this just a marketing gimmick?
better fit?cyclopathic
Aug 7, 2003 12:00 PM
WSD has shorter top tube and slacker seat angle to accommodate longer relative to height legs. This is not true for everyone I have a friend who is 5'1" and over 30" insteam but her girldfriend is 5'6" and only 28". Try it you may get better fit good luck
re: What are the advantages of a WSD bicycle?Dave Hickey
Aug 7, 2003 12:01 PM
The top tube is usually shorter because woman typically have longer legs/shorter torsos than men. The handle bars have a shorter reach and shallower drop than traditional bars.
It all depends on fit...PdxMark
Aug 7, 2003 12:01 PM
WSDs fit some women better than "conventional" bikes, but fit other women less well. If the fit between the WSD & the compact feel the same, you get to choose between them based on ride feel, components, price, etc. If one or the other fits you much better, then I'd give that factor serious consideration.
It all depends on fit...Sabrina
Aug 7, 2003 12:05 PM
Thanks, I also go by Spankdoggie.
You guys are suckers for a female name..........nmMR_GRUMPY
Aug 7, 2003 12:13 PM
If it's a "first time" post, it's probably Spanky and his Gang"
re: What are the advantages of a WSD bicycle?Al1943
Aug 7, 2003 7:08 PM
In the smaller sizes, if the WSD has 650mm wheels, the frame can be built with a shorter traditional top tube, like my wife's new 47cm Trek 5200 WSD. The smaller wheels are lighter and effectively reduce the gearing because the bike travels less distance with each crank revolution. This makes for an excellent climbing bike with better overall gearing. This bike also came with the new Ultegra adjustible reach brake levers. She is much more confident on this bike and I'm really impressed with it.
~Al