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    Any ladies getting on one of these? My fiance has one on order. Geo seems pretty dialed in for some shorter women to get on and ride a 29er full suspension... Supposedly weighs around 27 pounds without pedals which seems pretty respectable.

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    way too heavy for my wife. she will wait till a sworks version comes out or a 650b version.

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    27 pounds isn't too bad. A carbon fiber frame option would have been nice though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdan View Post
    Any ladies getting on one of these? My fiance has one on order. Geo seems pretty dialed in for some shorter women to get on and ride a 29er full suspension... Supposedly weighs around 27 pounds without pedals which seems pretty respectable.
    Is she getting the comp or expert? Curious which model weights 27 lbs. Definitely on my short list but wish it was carbon as well.

    The carbon Scott contessa sparks weights 25.1 lbs so that is on my list as well. Also waiting to see what the Santa Cruz Juliana 29er specs and geometry are going to be.

    It is nice that there are more options for women in the works.

    Have her send out a review once she has some riding time. Should be a good bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclerDi View Post
    Is she getting the comp or expert? Curious which model weights 27 lbs. Definitely on my short list but wish it was carbon as well.

    The carbon Scott contessa sparks weights 25.1 lbs so that is on my list as well. Also waiting to see what the Santa Cruz Juliana 29er specs and geometry are going to be.

    It is nice that there are more options for women in the works.

    Have her send out a review once she has some riding time. Should be a good bike.
    From what I understand the expert is weighing in at 27 while the comp is at 27.6. The Juliana isn't on my radar as I'm not really into the single pivot FS design. I guess it's possible they could do the Juliana with VPP, but I think there are standover limitations that go along with the VPP suspension design. We'll definitely get a review up once she gets it.

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    For what it's worth, my wife just took delivery of a 2013 Epic Marathon. She had a 2010 Myka FSR Comp previously. She absolutely prefers the more advanced technology on her Men's bike to the equivalent Women's specific offering. Plus, she didn't notice enough of a difference in the geometry to warrant sticking with a lesser equipped Women's specific bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    For what it's worth, my wife just took delivery of a 2013 Epic Marathon. She had a 2010 Myka FSR Comp previously. She absolutely prefers the more advanced technology on her Men's bike to the equivalent Women's specific offering. Plus, she didn't notice enough of a difference in the geometry to warrant sticking with a lesser equipped Women's specific bike.
    I wouldn't consider the Myka FSR Comp "equivalent" to the Epic Marathon. If my fiance could stand over one of the men's bikes, we definitely would have gone that route but the standover numbers rule out most of the 9er fullies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdan View Post
    I wouldn't consider the Myka FSR Comp "equivalent" to the Epic Marathon. If my fiance could stand over one of the men's bikes, we definitely would have gone that route but the standover numbers rule out most of the 9er fullies.
    Just to clarify... When I used the term 'equivalent' I was comparing the Men's Epic Marathon to the current equivalent Women's specific offering - Not the Myka FSR Comp.

    Also, you should have your fiancé test the stand over height of some Men's bikes... She might be surprised.
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    Are there only the two versions Comp and Expert? Anyone know what the price will be on the Comp? I might look into getting one for my wife.
    ***Edit*** Nevermind, I see they've added the prices to their website today (Comp: $2,900)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    Just to clarify... When I used the term 'equivalent' I was comparing the Men's Epic Marathon to the current equivalent Women's specific offering - Not the Myka FSR Comp.

    Also, you should have your fiancé test the stand over height of some Men's bikes... She might be surprised.
    I believe the Epic Marathon only comes in carbon fiber and at a price that is 40% more than the Rumor so I still wouldn't call them equivalent offerings. She's stood over the Epic, Stumpjumper, Camber, Tallboy, Superlight, Blur, Rumblefish, Trek HiFi, etc... So I don't really expect too many surprises at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    J]Also, you should have your fiancé test the stand over height of some Men's bikes... She might be surprised.
    Women's bikes are not just about stand over hight. The suspension is valved for lighter weight riders, so that even petite women can get full travel out of their bike. Also, all of the tubing is designed around a lighter rider. So while the bike is still incredibly stiff, there's no excess material.

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    When comparing the Rumor to the Trek Lush 29, the Rumor seems a fair bit overpriced IMHO. I have no idea how they compare in weight though. I was really excited to see Spec drop a 29er for women for my wife, but there had better be a good reason to choose it over the Lush (my LBS carries Trek and Spec).
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    The Spec will be considerably lighter, especially if you swap out the dropper post. The expert ships at 27 pounds with the dropper post. The Roval wheels are much lighter than the Bontrager's and carbon fiber cranks are a pretty nice touch. Little things like a lower stack on the Spec., shorter wheelbase, lower standover, steeper HT angle simply make the frame a better choice for what my fiance is looking to do with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    For what it's worth, my wife just took delivery of a 2013 Epic Marathon. She had a 2010 Myka FSR Comp previously. She absolutely prefers the more advanced technology on her Men's bike to the equivalent Women's specific offering. Plus, she didn't notice enough of a difference in the geometry to warrant sticking with a lesser equipped Women's specific bike.
    My wife at 5'6" also rides a small epic comp 29'r.the f&r shocks are all air and completely tunable for her weight. (125) It only weighs 25.5lbs.

    Their upper body strength is generally pretty weak (compared to men), lighter & more agile bikes will ensure she enjoys riding. If I were to buy her another bike the fate would be 1st on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdan View Post
    I believe the Epic Marathon only comes in carbon fiber and at a price that is 40% more than the Rumor so I still wouldn't call them equivalent offerings. She's stood over the Epic, Stumpjumper, Camber, Tallboy, Superlight, Blur, Rumblefish, Trek HiFi, etc... So I don't really expect too many surprises at this point.
    Apparently, I'm not articulating well here... So, instead of giving up all together I'm going to try explaning myself in a different way - Dollar for dollar, you get more bike when you buy a Men's bike than you do when you buy a Women's bike.

    Does that make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronFPeet View Post
    Women's bikes are not just about stand over hight. The suspension is valved for lighter weight riders, so that even petite women can get full travel out of their bike. Also, all of the tubing is designed around a lighter rider. So while the bike is still incredibly stiff, there's no excess material.
    With all due respect, I strongly disagree... If the Women's specific bikes were truly better (for Women) then the worldclass female riders would be using them to compete, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    With all due respect, I strongly disagree... If the Women's specific bikes were truly better (for Women) then the worldclass female riders would be using them to compete, right?
    Wrong. The Rumor is a completely different frame from any other bike. It doesn't have to be a factory race bike to be women's specific. The Giant WS bike is a completely different frame from their other offerings. Same for the Trek Lush.

    So you're just babbling. You might as well say that a Camber is irrelevant because Kulhavy doesn't race one. Nobody is forcing women to not buy a men's bike; they're not being duped.

    Have you actually looked into these bikes or are you just babbling? My wife has a WS Giant 29 and the non WS models just don't fit. She could ride a small Epic if she had to but it's way more expense than necessary and a small Camber is barely rideable. The WS fits perfectly with no component swaps and room for adjustments; case closed.

    So let the women decide. What worldclass female racers use to compete is pretty irrelevant to the market for the Rumor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    With all due respect, I strongly disagree... If the Women's specific bikes were truly better (for Women) then the worldclass female riders would be using them to compete, right?
    Sorry but you are incorrect. Pros have every thing custom tuned, that doesn't equate to off the shelf bikes. The idea behind a WSD is to eliminate needing to swap a lot of things.

    My wife's first bike was before WSD. I had to swap the seat, shorter cranks, thinner grips, shorter stem, swap out the spring in the shock etc...

    While I don't think the tubing is any different, the idea behind them is sound. Just because it doesn't work for every women doesn't mean they have no value.

    Just compare the Rumor to the Camber since they are same brand and travel.

    Small Rumor ETT 545mm Crank 165mm Stem 60mm bars 680mm Small Camber ETT 555mm Crank 170mm stem 70mm bars 720mm
    Med Rumor ETT 570mm Crank 170mm Stem 75mm bars 680mm Med Camber ETT 587mm Crank 175mm stem 90mm bars 720mm

    Does any of this mean a women can't fit on a mens bike- of course not, but for those women who fall into the average build for a women, it can save them the hassle of trying to get a mens bike to fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulerias View Post
    Wrong. The Rumor is a completely different frame from any other bike. It doesn't have to be a factory race bike to be women's specific. The Giant WS bike is a completely different frame from their other offerings. Same for the Trek Lush.

    So you're just babbling. You might as well say that a Camber is irrelevant because Kulhavy doesn't race one. Nobody is forcing women to not buy a men's bike; they're not being duped.

    Have you actually looked into these bikes or are you just babbling? My wife has a WS Giant 29 and the non WS models just don't fit. She could ride a small Epic if she had to but it's way more expense than necessary and a small Camber is barely rideable. The WS fits perfectly with no component swaps and room for adjustments; case closed.

    So let the women decide. What worldclass female racers use to compete is pretty irrelevant to the market for the Rumor.
    No, actually I'm not wrong. Check the facts... They speak for themselves.

    As for your comment about me just babbling... You're wrong. I have relevant real world experience that I'm trying to share wiht the original poster. If anyone is 'babbling' here it's you. I never said any bike was irrelevant because it wasn't used by Kulhavy. I simply said that if Women's specific bikes were truly better for women then worldclass female riders would be using them. Again, check the facts.

    As for me actually looking into the bikes I'm talking about... Yes, my wife and I looked (exhaustively) through the varoius Women's specific offerings. She was so unsatisfied with her Myka FSR Comp (compared to my comparably equipped Stumpjumper FSR Comp) that she refused to compromise simply so she could have a Women's specific bike. Again, I'm trying to share my real world relevant experience with the original poster.

    Lastly, I never said anything to the effect of not letting anyone (male or female) decide for themself what bike they ride. I'm simply providing my feedback based on my relevant real world experiences. If you want to buy your wife a Women's specific bike because it's cheaper than an Epic or because it has a lower stand over height then go for it... I still stand by my advice to the original poster - Dollar for dollar, you get more bike when you buy a Men's bike than you do when you buy a Women's bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Sorry but you are incorrect. Pros have every thing custom tuned, that doesn't equate to off the shelf bikes. The idea behind a WSD is to eliminate needing to swap a lot of things.

    My wive's first bike was before WSD. I had to swap the seat, shorter cranks, thinner grips, shorter stem, swap out the spring in the shock etc...

    While I don't think the tubing is any different, the idea behind them is sound. Just because it doesn't work for every women doesn't mean they have no value.

    Just compare the Rumor to the Camber since they are same brand and travel.

    Small Rumor ETT 545mm Crank 165mm Stem 60mm bars 680mm Small Camber ETT 555mm Crank 170mm stem 70mm bars 720mm
    Med Rumor ETT 570mm Crank 170mm Stem 75mm bars 680mm Med Camber ETT 587mm Crank 175mm stem 90mm bars 720mm

    Does any of this mean a women can't fit on a mens bike- of course not, but for those women who fall into the average build for a women, it can save them the hassle of trying to get a mens bike to fit.
    What exactly am I incorrect about? While it's certainly true that professional riders have a lot of customization done to their bikes, they certainly don't alter the frames; which is the primary difference between a Men's specific bike and a Women's specific bike. Last time I checked there's no such thing as Women's specific forks, shocks, cranks, component sets, brakes, wheels, tires, etc. That being said, what does it say about Women's specific frames when an overwhelming percentage of professional female riders choose to start their customization process with a Men's frame?

    Also, since you compared the Rumor to the Camber, here are some other interesting data points to consider:
    Rumor Expert: MSRP $4,200, frame M5 alloy (front triangle) / M5 alloy (rear triangle).
    Camber Comp: MSRP $3,800, frame FACT 9m (front triangle) / M5 alloy (rear triangle).

    NOTE: Isn't it odd that the cheaper Camber Comp is carbon and the more expensive Rumor Expert is aluminum?

    Again, I still stand by my advice to the original poster - Dollar for dollar, you get more bike when you buy a Men's bike than you do when you buy a Women's bike. In addition, I'll add this... If your wife happens to 'fit' a Women's specific bike better or she feels more comfortable with lower stand over height or she just likes the colors better, then by all means ger her the bike she wants.

    Just my $0.02.
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    Just my $0.02.[/QUOTE]

    Well, you got that right.

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    What's best for a 5'1" girl with decent skills and is in pretty good shape is different than what's best for a 5'7" professional female athlete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    What exactly am I incorrect about? While it's certainly true that professional riders have a lot of customization done to their bikes, they certainly don't alter the frames; which is the primary difference between a Men's specific bike and a Women's specific bike. Last time I checked there's no such thing as Women's specific forks, shocks, cranks, component sets, brakes, wheels, tires, etc. That being said, what does it say about Women's specific frames when an overwhelming percentage of professional female riders choose to start their customization process with a Men's frame?

    Also, since you compared the Rumor to the Camber, here are some other interesting data points to consider:
    Rumor Expert: MSRP $4,200, frame M5 alloy (front triangle) / M5 alloy (rear triangle).
    Camber Comp: MSRP $3,800, frame FACT 9m (front triangle) / M5 alloy (rear triangle).

    NOTE: Isn't it odd that the cheaper Camber Comp is carbon and the more expensive Rumor Expert is aluminum?

    Again, I still stand by my advice to the original poster - Dollar for dollar, you get more bike when you buy a Men's bike than you do when you buy a Women's bike. In addition, I'll add this... If your wife happens to 'fit' a Women's specific bike better or she feels more comfortable with lower stand over height or she just likes the colors better, then by all means ger her the bike she wants.

    Just my $0.02.
    No it's not the main difference. You missed the entire point of my post. While the other parts aren't 'Women' specific, certain sizes of those parts will make a bike fit better for a 'typical' womens build.
    If you can't see that based on the numbers I gave in comparison, then you're just refusing to to.

    If the Carbon frame is all you looked at when comparing the two bikes, you apparently don't have an eye for detail.
    The Rumor has much better brakes, Carbon Cranks, a Blacklite dropper post, better wheelset, Fox vs RS- personal preference but Fox tends to cost more all for $400 more

    Hmm that women's Rumor is looking like a much better value to me. Hell the Blacklite is $275 alone if you wanted one.
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    I think it's awesome that Specialized is expanding their women's mountain bike lineup. The Rumor sounds like a killer trail bike for the ladies. I bet next year we'll see a carbon version as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NERVOUS View Post
    Last time I checked there's no such thing as Women's specific forks, shocks, cranks, component sets, brakes, wheels, tires, etc. That being said, what does it say about Women's specific frames when an overwhelming percentage of professional female riders choose to start their customization process with a Men's frame?.
    All of the suspension on Specialized Women's bikes are tuned differently to accomodate for lighter riders, so in essence, there is women's specific suspension. Also, here is Lea Davidson, racing her Fate in the olympics:



    But here's the real thing about women's bikes, their designed from the ground up for women. When you're building a bike, you need to know how much material to use, and in which locations, to accomodate the height and weight range of people who will eventually ride it. Most women fall outside of that weight average, leaving them with a lot of excess material in the frame, and thus, an unnecessarily heavy product. Anecdotally, have you ever grabbed a Fate and compared it to a Stumpjumper? There's a considerable (~1/2LB) weight difference between the two S Works models.

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    Good god guys, quit the *****ing.... this wasn't about what makes the best women's bike...

    Anyway... just saw a post that one of the shops close by actually has a Rumor Comp in stock now... so I am taking the wife for a looky this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Good god guys, quit the *****ing.... this wasn't about what makes the best women's bike...

    Anyway... just saw a post that one of the shops close by actually has a Rumor Comp in stock now... so I am taking the wife for a looky this weekend.
    Sweet. Are you on the west coast? Let us know what you think/find.

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    Question on this bike. I was comparing the Expert vs Comp.

    Under features on the Expert is states 'wider rim profile'. I looked at the specs and the specs say Expert: Roval Control, 24mm wide. Comp: Roval 29, 26mm wide.

    Wouldn't that make the Comp have a wider rim than the Expert?

    Can the bashguard be removed from the chainrings?

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    Girlfriend had her first ride last night on the Rumor Expert...

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    Very nicely finished bike.

    Now my competitive advantage of being on 29" wheels is gone. nice to ride next to her rather than in front.

    trail weight with bottle cage and xt trail pedals and dropper post for a medium was just under 28lbs. Tubeless ready rims will save some weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclerDi View Post
    Question on this bike. I was comparing the Expert vs Comp.

    Under features on the Expert is states 'wider rim profile'. I looked at the specs and the specs say Expert: Roval Control, 24mm wide. Comp: Roval 29, 26mm wide.

    Wouldn't that make the Comp have a wider rim than the Expert?

    Can the bashguard be removed from the chainrings?

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    Wider in comparison to other typical rims in the same class?

    Why would you remove the bash guard? it's light and nicely protects the big ring.

    We grabbed some Race Face Crank Boots which fit perfectly on the sram carbon crankset.
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    Thank you for link to the review.

    I thought the bash guard would be heavy but it sounds like it isn't. 28 lbs sounds heavy though.

    MTB4Her - Nice website - enjoyed reading the reviews on the other bikes as well.

    One of the LBS have a comp so I am going to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclerDi View Post
    Thank you for link to the review.

    I thought the bash guard would be heavy but it sounds like it isn't. 28 lbs sounds heavy though.

    MTB4Her - Nice website - enjoyed reading the reviews on the other bikes as well.

    One of the LBS have a comp so I am going to check out.
    It doesn't feel heavy at all, my Safire is the same weight but the Rumor feels lighter. I'm guessing it's the extra momentum behind the wheels... All of the bikes I tested were in the 27-29 lbs range.

    Just a note that I hauled butt on the downhills with the Rumor as well! The suspension on it is dialled! There's a comp in my local shop as well, I took a look at it but I was looking for something to do the BC Bike Race this year so decided to spend the extra for the upgrades.

    And thanks for the compliment! I wanted women to have a resource for women's specific and unisex products instead of having to sift through pages of information. Especially since what works for men doesn't always work for us.

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    I built my wife up a rumor with xx1 , xo trail brakes, carbon wheels, Thomson stem, carbon bars, with pedals and heavy paint (custom) it's at 27.

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    She loves it. She's so much faster both up and down its absurd. The only thing she's working on now is body English and getting more over the front wheel. More ride reports to follow! It's one of the nicest finished aluminum bikes I've seen in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclerDi View Post
    Thank you for link to the review.

    I thought the bash guard would be heavy but it sounds like it isn't. 28 lbs sounds heavy though.

    MTB4Her - Nice website - enjoyed reading the reviews on the other bikes as well.

    One of the LBS have a comp so I am going to check out.
    Keep in mind that weight is with a dropper post.
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    Swapped to tubeless with a s-works purgatory 29x2.2 front and 29x2.0 fast Trak rear.

    Dropper post, XT trail pedals and bottle cage now 27.7 for the medium expert.
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    I built my wife up a rumor with xx1 , xo trail brakes, carbon wheels, Thomson stem, carbon bars, with pedals and heavy paint (custom) it's at 27.

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    She loves it. She's so much faster both up and down its absurd. The only thing she's working on now is body English and getting more over the front wheel. More ride reports to follow! It's one of the nicest finished aluminum bikes I've seen in a while.
    That is a beautiful bike.

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    We decided to go with a small Epic. She rode a Camber, actually had adequate standover and the Epic is a cm shorter and a better climber and sprinter which is what she wants out of this bike... I'm glad the rumor was on backorder for so long. Allowed her time to ride some bikes she didn't think she had any chance of standing over acceptably...

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    I have been riding the Rumor for two weeks and couldn't be happier! I am under 5'1" and ordered the small frame size; the standover height is amazing and no issues with toe overlap.

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    My wife picked up here Rumor Comp a few weeks back... she could NOT be happier. At 5'4" it is a GREAT bike. Just the change in bike brought her average speed on our regular trail up nearly 2mph. I am very impressed with the bike, but I am sort of biased, it is as close to an exact match to mine as there is....



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    Glad to hear that women are liking their Rumors. My LBS just got one in and I am picking up the small on Wednesday. I'm 5'1.5" so it should be a good fit.

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    I am looking at getting a new bike and was recommended the rumor expert. But wasn't really told about the Comp. How do they compare and what would you recommend?

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    Depends on your riding style, depth of wallet and desire to have upgraded parts. The 2 bikes are the same frame, but the Expert has a lot of value in it. My wife is more of a casual rider right now, so the extra dough was too much to push out on. She rode both though and could not tell a large difference between them.

    If you are a more serious rider (say riding 3+ times a week) and have a deeper purse, the Expert is a great value.

    If you consider yourself a more casual rider and want to save some $$$, the Comp is a great bike.
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    I'd say in the last year become more serious? Started doing a few stage races and marathons but most probably only get to physically ride my bike twice a week but I still train daily.Frustrated because everyone I keep up on the climbs but get left on the downs.
    I currently have a hard tail Merida carbon 29'er. The reason I have been looking at a new bike is because a few people have said they think my frame is too big. And I struggle with technical or rocky downhills.
    Excuse me if I ask stupid questions - Im a woman trying to make a choice.
    - Isn't the rumour expensive for an Alloy? Aren't there cheaper alloys with the same specs?
    - Why do they put XO and X7 parts together - isn't X7 more inferior
    - Do you think a drop post is worth it? Do you use it?
    - Heard that the pressed in bearing can damage your frame when they are worn whereas the cartridge bearing is better (not sure what this even means)?
    - Do you think going dual susp and slightly smaller could help me feel more comfortable on the downs

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    I would attribute you as a more serious rider for sure... and to answer a few of the questions:

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthLR View Post
    - Isn't the rumour expensive for an Alloy? Aren't there cheaper alloys with the same specs?
    Not really. All of the bikes (Trek, Giant and Specialized) at or near the $3K mark come very similarly equipped. The trade a cheaper piece here for a better piece there. None stand out as being a clear winner on components or spec. If you get outside of women's specific bikes, the world MIGHT open up a bit more, but you will need a good shop to get you fitted correctly in order to have the same ride.

    - Why do they put XO and X7 parts together - isn't X7 more inferior
    All manufacturers usually put a lesser front derailleur on a bike. SLX with XT. Deore with SLX. X7 with X9. X7 with X0. It is really because the front derailleur is over rated. The differences in function between the X7 and XX are MINIMAL at best. It comes down to saving a few grams. In order to help cut costs, mfgs spec the lower piece where it really will only be noticed when reading the spec sheet. My X7 fron has never missed a shift... never missed a beat... and it is matched to some X0 Gripshifters.

    - Do you think a drop post is worth it? Do you use it?
    My wife faced this same question. She decided it wasn't. I would LOVE to try one out, but I am not small potato and it could be an expensive paper weight. Will you use it? Maybe. if you have a lot of downhill riding, it won't hurt you to have it.... of course.... it probably won't hurt you to not have it. I have been told, and cannot confirm, that once you have one and get use to using it, you will never look back, sort of like tubeless tires.

    - Heard that the pressed in bearing can damage your frame when they are worn whereas the cartridge bearing is better (not sure what this even means)?
    Cartridge bearing does not mean "not pressed in." A cartridge bearing is a bear set that is sealed and act as one piece unlike a loose bearing that has all of the little balls that are loose. Can a pressed in bottom bracket damage a frame? Yes, I guess, if it is not installed correctly. The other option is a threaded in bottom bracket... that too can damage a frame if not installed and maintained correctly. Neither option is bomb proof, but you will see more and more mfgs switching to press fit because they are likely lighter in weight.

    - Do you think going dual susp and slightly smaller could help me feel more comfortable on the downs
    I think that full suspension and a properly fit bike would make you fly on the downs.... and the ups... and the flats. The key there is PROPERLY FIT. A full suspension bike alone won't make you a Julie Furtado over night. You will have to relearn to ride a bit. I went from a carbon XC racing type soft tail bike (1 inch of rear travel) to my Camber. It took me months to finally stop riding like I was on a hardtail. You can bomb down, over and up stuff using lines you previously avoided like a Huffy.

    If you are seriously considering buying a new bike, you owe it to yourself to do 2 things.

    1. Find a GOOD shop. Find a shop that has some women that look like you to help you shop. If a shop treats you inferior in ANY WAY, walk away. They should treat you incredibly. They should be willing to fiddle with you and the bike before you buy it to test it out. Take it out into their parking lot if you can't take it to the trail. Jump curbs... ride rough... really play as best you can with it. A good shop will encourage you to really get a feel for the bike instead of just telling you what to buy.

    2. Only you can tell you what is right for you. Make a list. Put all of the bikes, women's or not, that interest you in your price range. Spec Rumor and Epic, Trek Lush Lush 29 and Superfly100, Giant Lust and Lust Advanced... etc... etc. Seek out every bike you can get your hands on and PLAY WITH IT SOME. Nobody on the internet can tell you what is right. My wife tried several models before she rode the Rumor and fell instantly in love with it. The right bike for you will feel right. It may be the service at the shop, the fit of the bike, how light it feels under you... nobody can tell you what is right for you.

    Never sell yourself short for being a woman either... "Im a woman trying to make a choice." You are a consumer looking at a $3000 bike purchase. I would have walked away from anyone that wasn't interested in talking to my wife as a woman. A woman mountain bike rider sales person will make it easier for you to talk to them and ask questions specific to a woman. If I were a sales guy and my wife, all 5'4" 120ish, of her walked up to me, 6'4" 300#ish, I would not have a clue what to say... I could recommend things, but I have no idea what it is like being smaller.
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    Nice job! Precise and to the point with some personal info. Ruth try to demo some different bikes. I just had a lbs transfer a bike from their other shop to one close to us and they did with a smile. Thanks Landis Cyclery . My wife rode it and we talked a little and then we left without it. Then she tried a Rumor and was surprised how it rode compared to a Lush. Both 29ers. Better she thought, sharper handling. Bla bla
    I need to ride more and work less.

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