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Old 12-31-18, 01:13 PM
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Shopping for a first mountain bike for my wife

This spring Iím hoping to buy my wife her first mountain bike and Iíve been looking at the Gravity HD comp in a 27.5 on bikes direct, the re co-op drt 1.1 or the Cannondale catalyst 3. Which one of these would be the best For a beginner rider planning to do gravel roads and some beginner/intermediate single track? Other bike recommendations are welcomed as well..
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I would take your wife to some local bike shops and test ride, test ride and test ride some more to get an idea for what she likes, and what's out there.
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Check out the line of Liv bikes too. I've heard some good reviews on them.
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Originally Posted by mburgess86 View Post
This spring Iím hoping to buy my wife her first mountain bike and Iíve been looking at the Gravity HD comp in a 27.5 on bikes direct, the re co-op drt 1.1 or the Cannondale catalyst 3. Which one of these would be the best For a beginner rider planning to do gravel roads and some beginner/intermediate single track? Other bike recommendations are welcomed as well..
Of the three you list, I would go either Cannondale or the Co-op. Components and geometry are so similar that I'd make the choice based upon looks and which bike felt more comfortable. Do you have an REI store and a Cannondale dealer near you?
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...Other bike recommendations are welcomed as well..
Was in the same boat last spring. We visited a number of shops and she rode the various $700-$1200 options by the big three & a couple others. She rode 27.5's & 29ers..even though the frame size was right, she didn't care for the feel. "Too big" (slow handling?..wide bars too wide for her shoulders?..her reference frame is a nimble, nice road bike..on which she's a very good rider). In the end I took the dimensions of the frame she felt the most comfortable on and bought a Sundeal M7SL. 26 inch..yes..and she loves it. We've done gravel as well as moderate trails in CAMBA. She was thrilled with the handling.control. Others will wax and wane on all the (often marginal) advantages of 27.5 & 29ers..and a degree in headtube angle..however, at the end of the day, all these perceived, and in some cases real, advantages are lost on a first time rider who intends to use the bike on less than the ragged edge of the sport. The bike comes with Kenda small block 8 tires too..good general starting point for the types of surfaces she'll experience early-on. When you compare components, frame, weight, cost.... the M7SL is tough to beat. Finish is very good, assembly is a no-brainer. Ordered hers and had it in 3-4 days. Nice bike.

They do sell out their stock..I'm sure more will be coming in.
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If she is only an occasional rider, I would buy her an electric mountain bike. She will be able to keep up with you all day. I wish my wife could have had one back in 1990 when we started with mountain bike.
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Was in the same boat last spring. We visited a number of shops and she rode the various $700-$1200 options by the big three & a couple others. She rode 27.5's & 29ers..even though the frame size was right, she didn't care for the feel. "Too big" (slow handling?..wide bars too wide for her shoulders?..her reference frame is a nimble, nice road bike..on which she's a very good rider). In the end I took the dimensions of the frame she felt the most comfortable on and bought a Sundeal M7SL. 26 inch..yes..and she loves it. We've done gravel as well as moderate trails in CAMBA. She was thrilled with the handling.control. Others will wax and wane on all the (often marginal) advantages of 27.5 & 29ers..and a degree in headtube angle..however, at the end of the day, all these perceived, and in some cases real, advantages are lost on a first time rider who intends to use the bike on less than the ragged edge of the sport. The bike comes with Kenda small block 8 tires too..good general starting point for the types of surfaces she'll experience early-on. When you compare components, frame, weight, cost.... the M7SL is tough to beat. Finish is very good, assembly is a no-brainer. Ordered hers and had it in 3-4 days. Nice bike.

They do sell out their stock..I'm sure more will be coming in.
https://www.randombikeparts.com/coll...10s-yellow-new

That's a nicely spec'd bike for the money.......
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Why not just build one from a CL frame that fits her? How big is she? Will she ride aggressively, or more flow oriented?

That way she can be part of the process... She can input the changes she wants, and can work it into what goes well

If she is not large/tall, I agree that a good 26'er will be lively and quick. Plenty of those out there
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I bought my wife a mountain bike a couple of years ago and it was ok but was not comfortable so I picked her up a comfort bike last summer with a suspension seat post and from suspension and she loves it she does lite trails nothing to serous. Just a thought.
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I bought my wife a mountain bike a couple of years ago and it was ok but was not comfortable so I picked her up a comfort bike last summer with a suspension seat post and from suspension and she loves it she does lite trails nothing to serous. Just a thought.
Yeah, I just almost finished building my wife a Hybrid on an aluminum frame with an air fork. Only missing the rack now. She loves it. 24 lbs all up and ready to go. She's never had anything that light before. She keeps talking about forks that work, acceleration, handling - stuff she used to not talk about at all



Not an actual mountain bike, but she'll take it on a fair number of trails and use the gears.

If your wife wants more aggressive stuff, there are plenty frames with lugs for disc brakes and lots of tire clearance for 27.5's
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