NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
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Well, generally women have longer legs and shorter torsoes, thus the frame geometries correspond to this with shorter top tubes. Also, the tube diameters can be smaller allowing for lighter frames. Many companies also provide smaller diameter grips for smaller hands and narrower handlebars. Also a big feature is a women's specific saddle.
My wife is 5'6" and hated every WSD available. She rides a standard Cannondale Raven in a size Medium. I did take 3/4" off each side of the handlebars and put a different saddle on the bike for her.
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