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Old 06-30-10, 12:12 AM   #1
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What frame would best fit someone who is 5' tall?

I am trying to find a women's road/hybrid bike for my girlfriend. She's very petite, only 5 feet tall. We've tried a few bikes, and even with the seat all the way down, they're just slightly too large. Any suggestions would be nice.
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Trek offers a 2.1 WSD road bike available with an extra-small 43cm frame with smaller 650C wheels. http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes..._series/21wsd/

Any smaller than that, she will need a kid's bike!
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Old 06-30-10, 09:47 AM   #3
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Trek offers a 2.1 WSD road bike available with an extra-small 43cm frame with smaller 650C wheels. http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes..._series/21wsd/

Any smaller than that, she will need a kid's bike!
Take a look at the professional women cyclists like Emma Pooley. She's just under 5'-2" and rides a 48 cm. By looking at her racing photos, the seat tube is still up there. It might be a matter of a good fitting.
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Something like this:



Terry still makes a similar machine, 700c rear and 24X1.00 front.
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I am trying to find a women's road/hybrid bike for my girlfriend. She's very petite, only 5 feet tall. We've tried a few bikes, and even with the seat all the way down, they're just slightly too large. Any suggestions would be nice.
Welcome to the search for the Holy Grail of Petite Women's Bicycles...you poor bastard I've been fighting this battle for 30+ years now and still haven't got it all figured out.

The first, and cheapest place to look, is Trek WSD, Specialized Women's bikes, Cannondale Femme or many other major manufacturers. You'll have to hunt around for the very little ones. They don't make many, the shops don't carry many and they are hard to find...you poor bastard

Be prepared to go through a lot of iterations because none of them are going to be 'just right'. Most of them are going to be either cheap and heavy or light and expensive. Once you've gone through about 10 different bikes (starting at $500 and going up to $2000), you'll realize...you poor bastard...that you should have just dropped the coin on a Terry and saved yourself about $10,000.

Honestly, my wife got a Terry Symmetry last year



and says that she's never had a bike that she likes to ride until this one. It's very light (23 lb) The front wheel takes some getting used to but at least she's having fun riding instead of having to endure it.

I don't usually recommend used but in this case, I'll make an exception. If you can find a used one, jump all over it! The Terry site even has a page for selling or buying a used Terry. Or you can search Craigslist for one. They pop up from time to time.

Learn from my experience or try to reinvent the wheel...your choice...you poor bastard
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I'm 5'2" and I ride a 2007 44cm Specialized Ruby. It has a low standover.

A friend of mine is 4'10" and she rides a tiny LeMond Big Sky road bike. It's aluminum with a carbon fork. It has 700c wheels. She's done many century rides on it. I'm not sure of the exact size of that bike. You might be able to find one on ebay or something.
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My wife is 4'11" and rides a 47cm Trek 2.1 WSD. No issues at all except for reach on the STI's because she has such tiny hands. 700c bike also which surprised me.

The WSD made all the difference for her, proportionally nothing in smaller sizes worked until we got to the WSD designs.
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My wife is 5 feet and rides a Felt FW3, 43 cm, 650 wheels, very happy with it. I don't think that Felt makes this model any more, but they still have a series of women-specific designs at various price points.
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