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Old 04-05-16, 01:14 PM
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sloped top tube mountain bikes. womans models?

Just picked up a 1988 univega alpina ultima
Small frame with a sloping top tube.
Ive seen on this forum pictures of similar age mountain bikes with sloping top tubes and never thought about it till today when the seller of the univega told me it was his wife's bike.
I looked up a the model and found the a same year bike with a regular top tube.
Were these frames designed as womans models or is this a design for small frames?
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No. The sloped tube makes it easier to jump.
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I can see how that is true.
Most of the modern mountain bikes i see now have some form of sloping top tube.
But if this was the case at the time why didnt all sizes have a sloping top tube.

Im just wondering if at the time this design was meant for woman.
In no way is this going to stop me from riding this bike. I actually like the slope.
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The sloping top tube was common in MTBs from that era. Smaller frames can have much more slope. I don't remember any woman-specific MTB models from back then.
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The sloping top tube was common in MTBs from that era.
What were the common sloped top tube MTB/ATBs from around 1988?
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One of the first...87 Rocky Mountain Blizzard edit. But to be fair sloped top tubes were pretty rare at this time. Couple more years and then...

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