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  1. #1
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    May 2012

    Trek 6000 non-WSD for W

    I'm trying to get my wife in to mountain biking so first thing she needs is a bike.. Now I have a 2002 Trek 6000 which is actually too small for me, it's a M and I'm 1m86. I'm replacing it with a 2009 Cannondale Rush 6 size L. Now I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to let my wife, 1m70, start on the Trek. It's of course not a WSD so I'd be interested to know if there are other ladies riding a "male" bike and if they like it. Putting the Trek in a decent state would cost me around 200€.

    The aim of it all is to make sure she'll have a some good first experiences and that she'll come back for more..

  2. #2
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    Jan 2007
    It is not required to have women ride women's specific bikes. They rode mountain bikes way before there were specific models for them. In fact I worked at a shop that advertised specifically to women and we offered fitting services back when there were very few women's specific bikes. My wife who is 5'3" (1.60m) rides a 2003 Trek 4300 14.5" with some modifications for her which include:
    -Women's specific saddle
    -Handlebars cut down narrower
    -Higher rise stem for more upright position and shorter reach
    -Slim grips for smaller hands
    -Brake lever reach adjusted closer to bars

    With these adjustments she is quite comfortable on the bike and it fits her nicely.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2005
    Sounds to me that if you want her to have the best experience that you should probably think about choosing a different size for her. I, at 6' (~183cm) ride a L and I got my wife who is 5'10" (~177cm) a medium frame. Of course, everyone's body proportions are a bit different and perhaps your wife has a long torso but based solely on the height number I would suspect your wife would be more comfortable on a medium frame.

    I think the height discrepancy is more of a factor than not having a women's saddle. If you can rent a bike for the first outing, do that. Then if she decides she likes it you can try outfitting her on your old bike. At that point hopefully she'll be hooked a little bit and be more receptive to trying out the different body position on your old bike to see if it will work.
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    Aug 2010
    Top tubes tend to be shorter for a WSD. We looked at a myka for my gf which was a medium, the TT being 22.0.. most mens bikes that is a small.
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