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Old 06-01-07, 01:01 PM
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Wife is interested in getting started

Hello,
My wife is interested in getting started in trail biking. I dont think she'll ever be an extreme mountain biker but she would like something to us on easy trails.
Im a road biker so my knowledge of mountain bikes is severly limited. So I have a few questions:
Is there a difference between male and female bikes?
Does anyone have a recomendation on type of enry level bike for her?
I have a hybrid I use for commuting to work when the road conditions dont allow me to use my road bike, can I use this to go with her on the trails?
Thanks
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Old 06-01-07, 01:09 PM
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there is a difference in the geometry between male and female specific frames. i just got my girlfriend a used female specific stumpjumper hardtail on ebay for a good price. kona and specialized make a couple different models offemale specific bicycles, both hardtail and full suspension. i would say that you could get yourself a new bicycle also because i don't think hybrids make adequate trail bikes. that is unless your trails are super smooth and your hybrid is a cross bike, and even then, come on... who doesn't want a sweet mountain bike? good luck and happy trails!
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A hybrid is intended for either pavement or easy trails, so you'll be fine. You're wife might want to have some say, so take her shopping. Women's bikes usually have a shorter horizontal length than men's, because women usually have longer legs and shorter torsos, but some women find male bikes fit them, so she'll have to see.

Personally I don't like suspension...it slows you down and adds annoying bounce to the ride. It's only good for really rough trails where it aids steering and dampens bad jolts to your butt and wrists. I would recommend a hybrid or rigid mountain bike. If your hybrid has 700c wheels I would recommend she get the same so she won't be a lot slower than you, or, if she gets the usual 26" wheels found on mountain bikes, she should get fairly slender rims and tires for that reason - not really fat 2" or wider ones.
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I think the Giant Rincon is a great entry bike. Depending on the trail, you might be able to take your hybrid.
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I bought my wife a Rockhopper to do the trails with me; didn't happen, wasn't her thing. She likes the paved bike path, some gravel roads and the occassional fairly (no sharp rocks or roots) smooth trail; nothing hard-core in the least. The Specialized Expedition (a hybrid) is working out great for her.
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I picked up a 2003 hardrock sport for my wife on craigslist for $80.

For a first wife bike id recommend this route until you're sure mtn biking is her thing.
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Originally Posted by Eriol
Hello,
Is there a difference between male and female bikes?
Does anyone have a recomendation on type of enry level bike for her?
I have a hybrid I use for commuting to work when the road conditions dont allow me to use my road bike, can I use this to go with her on the trails?
Thanks
Yes and no on the female bike. Some female specific have a shorter top tube than the same size for males. That's the most important consideration as many women have shorter upper bodies. Some just have different colors and some may add shorter reach levers for smaller hands.

What you can do on a trail dends on the trail, your skill and possibly your discomfort threshold. I wouldn't do it as it would not be fun.

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Originally Posted by Eriol
Hello,
My wife is interested in getting started in trail biking. I dont think she'll ever be an extreme mountain biker but she would like something to us on easy trails.
Im a road biker so my knowledge of mountain bikes is severly limited. So I have a few questions:
Is there a difference between male and female bikes?
Does anyone have a recomendation on type of enry level bike for her?
I have a hybrid I use for commuting to work when the road conditions dont allow me to use my road bike, can I use this to go with her on the trails?
Thanks
Two gals I know have Trek WSDs' (women specific design) and they seem to fit them well.
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