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    Women's Full Suspension Bike

    I'm looking to buy a full suspension bike for my wife so she can ride with me. What women specific models are recommended? 3 to 5 inches of travel will do the job. I currently ride a Jekyll 800 and it's perfect for where I ride in Ringwood, NJ.

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    Try the Santa Cruz Juliana at www.santacruzbikes.com
    Also make sure to post on the Women's Forum... they are very wise over there.
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    Specialised

    Have you seen the new specialised women's specific?

    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=10668

    Great bikes!

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    Titus MotoLite is relatively inexpensive and claims to be the smallest long travel frame made.

    https://www.titusti.com/motolite.html

    The 2005 website isn't complete but here's the geometry chart from the catalog...



    Titus also has a good article about women's sizes...

    https://www.titusti.com/womenfit.html
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Titus MotoLite is relatively inexpensive and claims to be the smallest long travel frame made.

    https://www.titusti.com/motolite.html

    The 2005 website isn't complete but here's the geometry chart from the catalog...



    Titus also has a good article about women's sizes...

    https://www.titusti.com/womenfit.html
    Their LocoMoto and RacerX also come that small as well.

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    Specialized has an excellent "Women's geometry" FRS, available in different levels of componentry. One of my wife's riding buddies just got one of those.

    Fisher makes their Cake in a "Genesisters" version, and it's quite a bike. It can be had in a size suitable for 5'2" riders if need be.

    Trek also has women's sized rigs.

    Santa Cruz makes their Superlight and now their Blur in "Juliana" mode: which are their shorter top tube bikes named after Juliana Furtado.

    My wife, who is 5'3", found that the regular Blur fit her better than the Juliana SL (last year) so she went with that. You may not need a "womens fit" bike...just size out your wife on bikes and then hunt down what fits.

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    Oops, one more: K2-brand bikes are all "short top tube" bikes, so they often suit themselves well to women, even though they're not sold that way. Another of my wife's riding buddies is on a K2 hardtail that fitted out perfectly.

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    I *think*

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky
    Their LocoMoto and RacerX also come that small as well.

    Kathy :^)

    ....is the LocoMoto discontinued? It's not on Titus' site. I guess the Motolite replaced it? I dunno. Faye lovers her SM Loco though.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBasil
    Santa Cruz makes their Superlight and now their Blur in "Juliana" mode: which are their shorter top tube bikes named after Juliana Furtado.
    I work for a SC dealer and I haven't heard of a Juliana-esque Blur... As far as i know there is only the Blur, Blur 4x, and Juliana SL (Super Light).

    If you have some info I have not yet received, please state your source
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel
    I work for a SC dealer and I haven't heard of a Juliana-esque Blur... As far as i know there is only the Blur, Blur 4x, and Juliana SL (Super Light).

    If you have some info I have not yet received, please state your source
    Call Santa Cruz, bud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satch
    I'm looking to buy a full suspension bike for my wife so she can ride with me. What women specific models are recommended? 3 to 5 inches of travel will do the job. I currently ride a Jekyll 800 and it's perfect for where I ride in Ringwood, NJ.
    i would recommend this bike. 5" in a women's design, and it's a fisher
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBasil
    Call Santa Cruz, bud.

    FYI... According to Scott Turner at SC bikes, they are "at least 6 months away" from developing a WS Blur. It is something that they are working on....

    That is as of 30 minutes ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky
    Their LocoMoto and RacerX also come that small as well.

    Kathy :^)
    Jim's correct. For 2005, the LocoMoto is being replaced with the MotoLite. It's for the better. You get a solid built 4 bar Horst link bike for the same money as the singlepivot LocoMoto. The MotoLite is 4" or 5" adjustable and the Racer-X is fixed at 3.6". Titus builds a fine machine.
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    How tall & How Pricy

    My wife is 5' tall and we have done a ton of research on women specific bikes and FS bikes, over the last 10 years. Many companies claim to offer women specific bikes but few really do. We ended up with Titus and custom as the only options for my wife. She is on her third Titus in over 8 years and loves them. to quote "I never understood that a bike that fits would make riding so much fun"

    If you wife is over 5-5 then many bikes will work but still not as well as a bike truly designed for women. If your budget will afford it I would suggest you check out Titus bikes

    This article by Titus president Chris Cocalis is a good place to understand women specific issues.
    http://www.titusti.com/womenfit.html

    You may also want to call Charles Coker at Hammerhead bikes, He set my wife and any many other women up with high quality FS bikes, You can reach him at 512-331-2002.

    Good luck with your search. There is nothing better than enjoying your passion with you family. Fortunately both my wife and my 12 year old son ride with me, you should see the guys faces when they launch off a big drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satch
    I'm looking to buy a full suspension bike for my wife so she can ride with me. What women specific models are recommended? 3 to 5 inches of travel will do the job. I currently ride a Jekyll 800 and it's perfect for where I ride in Ringwood, NJ.
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    If you do alot of slow speed ... tight ...... nasty stuff, I would probably stay away from long travel ..... long travel generally means tall ..... and high COG .......

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