29ers for girls?!

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29ers for girls?!

Postby Muddy girl » Thu Jan 03, 2013 23:15 pm

Hello, new here. Any advice / recommendation for 29er bikes specifically for women please? I've been looking. I have a 26 inch wheel hardtail which I'm happy with for certain rides but keen on a 29 for more distance and lighter trail rides.
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby eddiefiola » Thu Jan 03, 2013 23:27 pm

Have you tried a mens 29er?

My wife was trying girls bikes and didn't actually like them, she went with a 16" framed Radon mens bike in the end and loves it, apart from the seat being uncomfy which we are waiting for a 'Ladies' one to be delivered. http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1860/a78454/zr-race-29er-5-0.html

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Postby ddraver » Fri Jan 04, 2013 07:53 am

Trek do one, Spesh probably do too given that they don't do any short travel 26ers any more
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Postby lostboysaint » Fri Jan 04, 2013 08:31 am

Islabikes Beinn 29. Designed and ridden by one of the best British MTB riders. Ridiculously good vfm, incredibly light (25lb!)
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby njee20 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 09:31 am

Specialized do a range - the Fate, the Jett etc, depending on budget.

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Postby 97th choice » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:56 am

The Specialized Myka comes in 29er and 26er for 2013. My wife picked the 26er. I would worry about toe overlap on the smaller frame sizes.
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby Alibran » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:11 pm

97th choice wrote:I would worry about toe overlap on the smaller frame sizes.


I'm 5'2", and this is why I ruled out getting a 29er when I was looking for a new hardtail. I have enough to think about without worrying about whether my foot is going to get tangled up with the tyre. Although, if you're only using it for smooth, easy trails, I can see the attraction.

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby Muddy girl » Fri Jan 04, 2013 18:31 pm

Thanks for all the replies, I'm going to look up the suggestions and pop to the bike shop tomorrow to see if I can actually try one. The appeal is for my roadie type / light off road rides as my male friend rides. 29er and I have to work twice as hard to keep up!

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby supersonic » Fri Jan 04, 2013 19:09 pm

A 29er isn't suddenly going to make you twice as fast lol. Given that budget ones are pretty heavy you might be actually slower on one, depending on what you have already.

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby ddraver » Sat Jan 05, 2013 18:03 pm

There's a review of the womens equivalent Stumpjumper on BR, I think it's called the Myta or something, they say that a girl of 5ft 5in fitted the 17in bike so you should be ok with the 15in version. At 2300 It's pretty dear though, especially if you compare it to the Carbon Canyon 29er which is better specced for 1650!!

The only place the 1650 Canyon (appears to be) lagging behind the one for 2300 is the wheels and maybe the Avid brakes, but you could change them for some slx and superstar stuff for about 300 squids!

Seriously tempted....
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby Muddy girl » Sat Jan 05, 2013 22:14 pm

Thanks ddraver, good advice!

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby supersonic » Sat Jan 05, 2013 22:16 pm

What is your current bike, and what budget do you have?

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Postby ddraver » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:20 pm

Sonic is your man here Muddy Girl - Listen to this dude, he knows what he's talking about...

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Postby miss notax » Sun Jan 06, 2013 17:47 pm

I'll be interested to hear what you think of any 29er's that you try Muddy girl :D
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby JamesMc » Sun Jan 06, 2013 22:15 pm

Don't do it!

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Postby Clank » Sun Jan 06, 2013 22:39 pm

JamesMc wrote:Don't do it!


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The only advice I can give re: 29ers, is to get out and ride one. They're a very marmite thing. Personally, I'm a bit of a fan, but they do require a change of riding style from a 26" bike. But then again, so does going full sus.

I can understand why 29ers aren't for everyone, but I don't get the outright hatred people have for them. Just 'cos it don't work for you, doesn't mean it's no good.
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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby nferrar » Mon Jan 07, 2013 15:37 pm

What riding style change do they require? I've ridden 26" FS since the mid-90s and have demo'd a Giant Anthem & Trance recently and whilst they do feel a bit different I don't see why you need to adapt your riding style (at least conciously). In fact the main reason I haven't bought one was they feel so similar to my existing FS (my intention was to get a light short-travel FS 29er for doing the odd marathon type event on instead of my 140mm 26er that's the wrong side of 30lbs). Even the Giant Anthem didn't feel massively different, the Trance less so - the main difference in feel likely being down to suspension set-up and tyres IMO.
As for the OP - just look at men's bikes

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby ddraver » Mon Jan 07, 2013 16:28 pm

I had to alter how I took corners - not sure if that counts as a "change in style"

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Re: 29ers for girls?!

Postby ddraver » Mon Jan 07, 2013 17:29 pm

Hope/Giant have just produced this for Annie Simpson...

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