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    I apologize if its already been posted. I just scanned the thread before posting.
    Check out the Trek Cali line or the Lush 29. My girlfriend is 5ft maybe 5ft 1in on a good day. She tried both the Cali and Lush in there smallest size and loved them both. Of course she loved the lush but it was out of our price range.
    I have bought her a Cali S for Christmas. I am taking a break right now from building it up. I am swapping out a few parts with some XT bits I had lying around.
    The cali had more standover then the 26in skye plus the 29in wheels will help her roll over stuff

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    I am 5'2" and have a 30 inseam and ride a Niner Jet9 in the small size. Absolutely love 29er and will never go back now. Stand over height is great, only thing I might need to do is shorten the stem length.

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    Check out the Pivot 5.7 a friend rides one she about 5'2.

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    Add the Specialized Fate to your list...
    Its a weapon :-)

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    Thanks everyone. She has at least 4 more months of PT before she's test riding anything so we'll be open to suggestions for quite a bit longer!

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    I started riding again last year and I am 5ft. I have the Specialized Jett and love it.

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    Wife's new Salsa Horsethief arrives tomorrow. She is 5'3"... Ill let you know how it goes.

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    My GF is 160 cm and rides Niner EMD in XS. Really loves it and as the rims are really light Crests, she feels it's not sluggish at all. Also, one of her friends is riding Specialized Fate. She is also about 160-162 cm, but her Fate is 17" frame. Anyway, until you've got lightweight wheels, there's no reason why one should not consider 29er format.

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    Thanks everyone. Her shoulder is progressing and she ran for the first time yesterday and signed up for a 1/2 marathon in June. It will still be at least 3 months before she's back out on a bike, but I'm trying to give her things to look forward to. Being so athletic, she's a bit frustrated with all these restrictions right now.

    So far, the list of FS 29ers for a 5' 2" woman listed here includes:

    Giant Trance X 29er
    Niner JET9
    Niner JET9 Carbon
    Niner JET9 RDO
    Salsa Horsethief
    Santa Cruz Superlight 29er
    Transition Bandit
    Transition Covert
    Trek Superfly 100
    Trek Lush 29

    Others were hardtails or 26-ers from what I saw. If I missed one, let me know.
    Last edited by rogerfromco; 01-08-2013 at 08:00 AM.

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    Santa Cruz Tallboy and Tallboy LT

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Santa Cruz Tallboy and Tallboy LT
    On the SC website, the smallest framesize I saw under their "sizing" section for both bikes was a Medium which only went down to a 5' 5" rider size. She's 5' 2". Do they make them in smaller sizes but just not list them on the site?

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    You are correct... I mixed up my forums.

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    Size S Horsethief is to big for my 5'4" wife. She can pedal it but the stand over is to high. Shipping it back this weekend.

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    Add Giant Anthem 29 W to your list

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    Taking my 5'2" wife to demo a small Banshee Rune this coming weekend - I'll post up how it fits. Not expecting a miracle, but trying to demo whatever is available to us in the immediate area. I'd love to get her on top of an XS jet 9 rdo as well as some of the above listed bikes.
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    Did a little more research on the manufactures websites and updated the list with whatever info I could find on their sizing recommendations and/or standover height.

    Giant Trance X 29er XS (Standover 25.2)
    Giant Anthem 29 W XS (Standover 27.5)
    Niner JET9 Carbon XS (50 55 / Standover 26.5.-26.7)
    Niner JET9 RDO XS (50 55 / Standover 26.5.-26.7)
    Santa Cruz Superlight 29er Sm (50 55 / Standover 27.2)
    Transition Bandit Sm (50 56)
    Transition Covert Sm (50 56)
    Trek Superfly 100 - 15.5 frame (Standover 30.7)
    Trek Lush 29 14 (Standover 28.3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfromco View Post
    Did a little more research on the manufactures websites and updated the list with whatever info I could find on their sizing recommendations and/or standover height.

    Giant Trance X 29er XS (Standover 25.2)
    Giant Anthem 29 W XS (Standover 27.5)
    Niner JET9 Carbon XS (50 55 / Standover 26.5.-26.7)
    Niner JET9 RDO XS (50 55 / Standover 26.5.-26.7)
    Santa Cruz Superlight 29er Sm (50 55 / Standover 27.2)
    Transition Bandit Sm (50 56)
    Transition Covert Sm (50 56)
    Trek Superfly 100 - 15.5 frame (Standover 30.7)
    Trek Lush 29 14 (Standover 28.3)
    Just checked out the specialized Camber. Size S looks like it will work. Taking the wife to try it out tomorrow.

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    And the trek has a 28.5 stand over...

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    Surprise, surprise...she rode a bunch of bikes today. She ended up loving a medium Tallboy. We changed the 80mm stem to 60mm and it fit perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Surprise, surprise...she rode a bunch of bikes today. She ended up loving a medium Tallboy. We changed the 80mm stem to 60mm and it fit perfectly.
    Biggest problem with the talboy and TBLT is the seat tube is too long to accommodate most dropper posts :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Surprise, surprise...she rode a bunch of bikes today. She ended up loving a medium Tallboy. We changed the 80mm stem to 60mm and it fit perfectly.
    Nice, on a med no less.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Surprise, surprise...she rode a bunch of bikes today. She ended up loving a medium Tallboy. We changed the 80mm stem to 60mm and it fit perfectly.
    Nicely done...cant go wrong with a tallboy
    SC:12' Butcher (sold)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Biggest problem with the talboy and TBLT is the seat tube is too long to accommodate most dropper posts :/
    She will be a true XC girl. No need for a dropper post. That said I hav several friends with the KS and Kronolog on this bike... It fits well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Surprise, surprise...she rode a bunch of bikes today. She ended up loving a medium Tallboy. We changed the 80mm stem to 60mm and it fit perfectly.
    Congratulations! Having a bike that fits and that she's happy with are the best ways to get her out on the trails and loving this sport!

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    I am adding a Kronlog to my TB LTc next week. Shop said no problem.

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