specialized hardrock mens or womens?
Hi I'm a 17 yr old girl and about to buy my very first mountain bike! I reasearched online, and went to my LBS more than once to try bikes and grill the friendly sales people(I'm making them run hard for my money). I'm considering the Specialized Hardrock. Here's the problem, the bike shop only has the men's. It was 15," fit perfect (I'm only a litttle over 5'4")and I loved the ride so I'm sure it would work well for me, but I think it's possible I could have them order the women's bike so I can try it. But is it necessary? How much different is the women's from the men's? I know the women's has a shorter stem(what's that supposed to do?), narrower handlebars, and probably a slightly different saddle but are these features significant enough that I should try the women's when the men's fit so well?
p.s. great forum, over the past few weeks whenever I had a question all I had to do was search and it had already been answered! What a great bunch of people that help us newbies, thanks