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Woman specific bikes(15 posts)

Woman specific bikesrwsh
Sep 11, 2003 11:15 AM
Hi everybody. Am looking for a woman-specific bike for my wife. Less than $2000 and preferably steel frame. That rules out the Cannondale 1000 ($1800, aluminum, too harsh) and the Trek 5200 ($2400, carbon: too expensive). We are checking out the Fuji Roubaix Pro, $1200 with 105 and the The Lemond Zurich which is $1800 more with Ultegra. What other bikes should we be looking at? Many thanks. William.
re: Woman specific bikessievers11
Sep 11, 2003 11:24 AM
what compaines do you have access to in your area?

do you want steel for sure?
re: Woman specific bikesandy02
Sep 11, 2003 11:27 AM
The new Zurich is half steel and half Carbon (sells for 2200 I think). Trek has a new 2200 that is Alu with carbon rear (ultegra / 105 mix) that should hve a very nice ride. My wife rides a 43cm 2200 all Alu and loves it even on the REALLY bad roads here. It may be do to the 650C wheels and more compact geometry of a frame that small. Either that or she is just tougher then me because all alu beat the ?? out me!
Bianchi Eros Donna, steel, all Italian, womens specific, $1100nmdradrian
Sep 11, 2003 12:11 PM
Bianchi Eros Donna, steel, all Italian, womens specific, $1100nmrwsh
Sep 11, 2003 3:21 PM
As far as I know they only come in 44 cm size which is really tiny !!!!!
Terry?TimA
Sep 11, 2003 12:07 PM
Take a look at the terry Isis at Terrybicycles.com
853 Frame, Ultegra Components and ~$2000.
It has the funky 24" front wheel design, but they seem like pretty nice bikes. My fiance has an older symmetry ans really likes the geometry. She now has an Isis on order.
re: Woman specific bikesTNSquared
Sep 11, 2003 1:10 PM
I can't speak to the Cannondale, but don't rule out the Trek aluminum due to the "harsh ride" myth. If you just don't want aluminum that'sfine, but if the ride quality is your concern, the newer Trek's ride great. A very strong female rider that I make of habit of wheelsucking behind rides a Trek 2300 in the women's specific design, and she loves it. I'm not sure what models Trek offers the WSD geometry, but the 2300 retails right at $2,000. You could probably find it for a little less. I paid $1,500 for mine.
Just out of curiosity. Why women's specific? (nm)theBreeze
Sep 11, 2003 2:46 PM
Just out of curiosity. Why women's specific? (nm)rwsh
Sep 11, 2003 3:19 PM
Sharon needs a 47-49 cm seat tube and a top tube that is less than 50 cm. These only come in WSD to accomodate womens' longer legs and shorter arms/torso that a male of equivalent height.
seems reasonabletheBreeze
Sep 11, 2003 4:24 PM
I was just wondering because i'm pretty short myself, yet comfortably ride a 50 cm (c-t) bike. If she needs a top tube that short then WSD is probably the way to go.
Gunnar makes a very nice steel bike. Their 48 cm size has a 50 cm top tube and 650 wheels. If the top tube length can be accommodated with a shorter stem, then it's a good deal on well made steel.
Check them out at http://www.gunnarbikes.com
You might want to look at some CG frames tooTNRyder
Sep 11, 2003 7:54 PM
I am a guy who is built like a woman in that my legs are longer in comparison with my torso. (feel free to laugh @ me, I do it all the time) I found that I am much more comfortable with the compact geometry frame than with a standard road frame. Maybe this is just due to my MTNBike roots.
You might want to look at some CG frames toorwsh
Sep 12, 2003 3:59 AM
any particular ones in the sub $2000 steel category .........
Specialized Allez line, Giant OCR's or TCR's nmTNRyder
Sep 12, 2003 3:14 PM
Don't Be Misled By Simple Top Tube LengthHeron Todd
Sep 12, 2003 9:18 AM
Many "women-specific designs" list a short top tube, but they accomplish that by making the seat tube very steep (75 degrees or more). This moves the saddle forward by up to 2 cm relative to a more standard seat tube angle (say, 73 or 74).

The saddle should be positioned relative to the crank, not the handlebars. So, on a steep seat tube frame, you will need to slide the saddle back much further on its rails than you would on a frame with more conventional geometry.

So, a frame with a 50 cm top tube and a 76 degree seat angle will fit much like a frame with a 52 cm top tube and a 74 degree seat angle.

The main benefit in women-specific design bikes is the selection of components. Most of these bikes have shorter-reach bars, shorter-reach levers, women's saddles, and shorter cranks. You can put these parts on most smaller frames and have a very nice fitting bike.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
re: Woman specific bikesBarton
Sep 12, 2003 6:24 AM
Terry has built their entire business on "woman specific bikes". Check out thier web site.