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Old 04-26-03, 07:14 AM
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Women differ to men in the proportion of leg length to torso+ arms, so may need a bike with a different ratio of length to height. There is no one shape which fits all women , but "women specific design" (WSD) bikes usually have a shorter top tube than the equiv male bike.
By sloping top tube do you mean the old ladies step-through design, or the modern compact road frame style (like Giant TCR).
For women riders, the compact frame design gives a comfortable standover clearance, and permits the head-tube to be quite long, so the bars can be set higher than they might be on a guys bike.
Smaller bikes for male or female should come with smaller components. Small cranks, narrrow bars etc are available, but its quite rare to find them all fitted to give a nicely proportioned bike.
For saddles, Terry make some good ones.
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