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    Any Men Riding Women's Bikes?

    Wondering if there are any guys out there riding women's bikes. I've compared the specs on a few and if you get the right size for you, there's really not much of a difference.

    The reason I ask is that while browsing Diamondback's website, I found an insanely good deal on the Clutch 2. It's listed at $3,499 discounted to $1,749.

    I have not looked at the reviews to figure out why it would have dropped so much in price, maybe they just need to move inventory. Oddly enough, they are out of stock on the Large bikes, which leads me to believe that either men are in fact buying these, or there are a lot of tall female riders out there.

    I just purchased a Mason 2, but came across the Clutch 2 and thought it seems like a really good deal. I've checked other websites and REI for example, has it at $2,448.

    Aside from price though, I'm really interested in hearing from guys who ride women's bikes. It seems to me it's just a matter of finding the right fit, regardless of whether it's advertised as a men's or women's bike.

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    a bike is a bike. womens vs mens is a marketing scam...


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    I just compared the specs in Excel.
    Only 4 different values are smaller on the Clutch vs Release:
    0.4mm shorter stack.
    0.3mm closer reach.
    5mm shorter stem.
    20mm narrower bars.

    **** now I want to pick one up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    I just compared the specs in Excel.
    Only 4 different values are smaller on the Clutch vs Release:
    0.4mm shorter stack.
    0.3mm closer reach.
    5mm shorter stem.
    20mm narrower bars.

    **** now I want to pick one up.
    Exactly...on top of that I get a 30% discount through my employer. Hell of a deal, I think.

    Sticky shoes & sharp pedals.

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    I would buy that bike in a minute for $1749.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    I would buy that bike in a minute for $1749.
    I can get it for 1,225 after all discounts, but I just picked up the Mason 2 for around $800, and still have my Specialized Pitch that I bought in November. I can't afford (to tell the wife) that I'm getting a 3rd bike. If I sold the Pitch or a motorcycle, maybe.

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    Buy it for as a "gift" for your wife

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    Holy balls that is a good deal!.... even just for the parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscello View Post
    Buy it for as a "gift" for your wife
    Yeah..that stopped working a few years ago.

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    I do not have experience with riding a women's bike, but my wife is shopping for a new bike now. She kinda hates most of the colors that come on women specific stuff. So I've compared a lot of geometries from the women's model over to the men's/unisex. They are almost always the same. Usually the women's size range goes smaller. The descriptions like to talk about fitting a woman and their different body proportions, but then you go look and TT, Stack, Reach, stem, crank length etc. all tend to be the same as an equally sized men's bike. Total marketing.

    As for that Clutch 2, it doesn't even have an odd color choice! Crazy.

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    FWIW I bought a "female bike" off craigslist, I couldn't tell the difference when I rode it, I did switch the saddle though. Got it for a steal because it was a woman's specific. Also my frugality beats my masculinity any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by madpanda View Post
    ... Also my frugality beats my masculinity any day
    Same here. I actually know a girl who refuses to wear any pink gear because it's 'girly', even if the price is significantly lower. You should see the deals you can get on motorcycle helmets just because of the 'girly' designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charrito_jlh View Post
    I can get it for 1,225 after all discounts, but I just picked up the Mason 2 for around $800, and still have my Specialized Pitch that I bought in November. I can't afford (to tell the wife) that I'm getting a 3rd bike. If I sold the Pitch or a motorcycle, maybe.
    Just ride your bike(s) and forget about it.

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    My fatbike is a girly frame, who cares. It was 1,900$ + 15%tx for the guy model. i found it preowned never ridden for 1,300.
    Before that i bought a used road bike ((for woman)) it was just a good fit wich is real hard to find for my body wich is far from average.
    They know the Large have a small number of potential buyers so they do not manufacture them in large numbers.

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    Yeah, the more I compare specs out of curiosity, I agree with .WestCoastHucker. in that it's all in marketing.

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