I bought my wife this bike last year so she could start riding with me, but only recently have we been able to really start riding together. With the recent change of my work schedule and my new road bike, we've been riding some short rides on the streets, and going on longer and longer rides. She recently mentioned that she would be interested in riding with me offroad and also that she wants me to put my old clipless pedals on her bike so she can see what the big deal is about (yeah!).....so I need to figure this out right and take advantage of the situation.
I have been riding solo for about 15 months now, and I would love to have my wife out on the trails as a partner. If she commits and ends up really liking the rough stuff, I will probably buy her a mountain bike, but I don't want to put the money down and then not have her use the bike.
So my here's my question. Would this bike handle the abuse from a 110 lb body and singletrack riding? We would be riding in mountainous desert terrain in El Paso, TX. I would replace her slicks with some knobbies, and maybe adjust the handlebars, and swap out the seat with a "real" one I have lying around. Ideally, this would be short term (2-3 months) until her legs get used to climbing, and so she can get a taste of singletrack and let me know whether she wants to commit or not. Rides would be short, 5-10 miles, max 15, for now.
This is the bike, just in case: