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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    Few questions about bike for wife.

    My wife is reluctant to get into biking. She has ridden once in the past 15 years or so since she was a kid. We rode about a quarter mile on an old bike she had as a teen. No suspension and her rear was hurting from the saddle. She said it felt like the trip jostled her brain. I am wanting to get her a bike as my daughter lovers to ride and I want it to be a family event. Would a fs bike with large cushy seat help? Second is it is all about how the bike looks. She likes the looks of the 2012 giant trance x1 w and could deal with the 2013 trans x 2w . She likes plain paint schemes and hates pink. Anything else i should look at? She is 5.5 but with shorter legs. No shop here has any womens fs bikes and not sure of the size.

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    Don't worry, be happy!
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    Jul 2004
    A big cushy seat looks nice but is really part of the problem. Get her some proper bike shorts with a chamois, she wears them sans undies, and a regular ladies saddle. The exact one that will work for her may take some monkeying... but no matter what, there is some saddle/butt break in time that just has to be tolerated.

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    Dec 2009
    ^^ Good advice, but if MTB'g just doesn't appeal, don't be disappointed, make it a father/daughter bonding opportunity, and some time for your wife to pursue her own interests or just have some down time. Time apart can be good for the fam too.

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    I would consider looking at a Giant Yukon which is a fantastic entry level FS. I got one for my girlfriend a year and a half ago and she loves it. I could not convince her to upgrade to a Trance because she loves her Yukon so much. Since getting it I have upgraded the drive train to a Shamano 2x10 XT and swapped the awful forks for a Reba. She has been racing it (XC and AM) for the last 8 months. And to beat it all it's a pound and a half lighter than my Stumpjumper!
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  5. #5
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    May 2009
    My girlfriend and I went looking for a bike for her today but it turns out that she needs an x-small and not too many shops have an x-small on the floor. Does anyone have a recommendation of a decent hard tail? She wants to stick to 26" cause she pretty short and wants to have some stand over. Thanks for any assistance!!

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