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    Women's Specific Frames

    Looking for a bike for girlfriend.
    Use would be for light XC, but mostly road riding.

    Budget $800-1000

    Any recommendations?

    She is abotu 120lbs, 5'2" - what size frame does that translate into?

    And as far as women's specific frames go - what is the major difference?

    thanks!

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    womens specefit frames typically have a shorter top tube to account for the typically shorter torso of women. that is the biggest difference, but some componets, like brake levers, are a little different for smaller hands.

    lots of companies make WSD stuff, but your GF may not need womens specefic. My GF went with a Jamis Dakar in 13" and likes it alot. your best bet is to go look arround and sit on alot of bikes. you may find that in Trek she needs WSD, but in Specialized or Giant bikes she doesnt. that will help you narrow it down alot.

    Also, check out the womens lounge area on the site, lots of info

    good luck.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cma762
    Looking for a bike for girlfriend.
    Use would be for light XC, but mostly road riding.

    Budget $800-1000

    Any recommendations?

    She is abotu 120lbs, 5'2" - what size frame does that translate into?

    And as far as women's specific frames go - what is the major difference?

    thanks!
    Try a Kona, the model is a Lisa HT
    2006 model: http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...1&parentid=253

    2007 model: http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/index.html

    A lot of girls have shorter torso and arms than us guys so a shorter top tube, handelbar stem and rise on the bar all help to keep the riding position more as it should be. Make sure she test rides as many as possible.
    Try to pick out anything by itself and you find it connected to the entire universe.

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