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    Bike recommendation 5'0 female beginner

    Looking for help buying a bike for my wife. 5'0, 150lbs, don't have an inseam yet, but i'd say avg for a 5 footer. We're out here in Texas and don't do anything technical (yet). Mostly looking to get a couple bikes to ride with our son who is just starting on a yoji. Looking forward, we want to start taking the bikes on camping trips and start riding trails and such. There is one technical park just down the road, but that might be a year or 2 off.

    I'd rather buy one bike though that she can grow into and most importantly, something that isn't garbage than I can resale easy. Not looking to spend a fortune, just looking for something worth a darn. Was definitely scouting the used market.

    I found this one decently local on CL, https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/d/...099593513.html
    Looks like it has some pretty good parts, probably way more than she really needs currently. 26" wheels, not sure if that's a good or bad thing honestly. Price is pretty much on my top end preferably. Honestly wondering if it's overpriced for a 'less desirable' 26". Was hoping to get some opinions on that.

    Would appreciate any other recommendations if anyone else is aware of good deals out there that fit her constraints.
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    Pete

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    XS bikes are hard to fine. I would snatch that up. And I'm willing to bet you could get it for 500.
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    Found a Small Juliana Rubion CCX01 local for $1000. Almost seems too good to be true as they seem to run ~6k new. By manf. sizing, she barely fits into it.
    https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bi...102661884.html

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    Is your wife that timid that the technical trails/park are a year or two away? I ask because I didn't start biking until I was 40. I progressed super quickly though and needed a new bike within 2 years. I don't know the market in your area, but I feel like $585 US is pretty $$$ for an older bike with 26" wheels and outdated geometry. You can get a brand new Specialized Rockhopper for $550. It would have modern geometry and the support of the LBS for tuning and maintenance. You could also get an entry level bike from Trek or Giant/Liv brand new for less than that $585. They would have a better resale value too because they would be newer. If you want a bike for her to grow into, get a better bike. Get one with full suspension if possible. The full suspension is much more comfortable and much fun and confidence inspiring. you can probably pick a used one up for just a little more than that $585, or you could get a brand new Liv Embolden for around $1,200.

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    I'm honestly not sure how timid she will be. She can definitely hang in the woods with me, we backpack, but she's also not big on going fast and especially not around corners. I think her style is probably going to be more just casual trail riding.
    I do know that she'd probably want the cushiest ride possible. The more research I do the more I realize FS for her. And I do agree, $585 for an older bike probably isn't worth it.
    I was eyeing the liv embolden but not convinced its a solid reliable, maintainable investment.

    BTW that Julian cl post is most definitely a scammer.

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    I would say that the Embolden is a great bang for the buck. Itís a great starter bike. It will either last her forever for casual trail riding or it will make her fall in love and you will get good resale to put towards a better bike.

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    TTPete... Which trails in DFW will she frequent?

    My wife (also in the low 5' range) is considering a new bike right now. She's looked at the Emolden. Nice bike. But she's more recently taken a liking to the women's Canyon Neuron. Both would work well for our North Texas trails. The Neuron feels more long and stable, the Embolden feels more upright XCish. Both are quick enough for the easy stuff around here, but tough enough for things like our North Shore West and Isle Du Bois rock gardens. You'll get more bang for buck with the Neuron since it's consumer direct. I've ridden Canyon's Spectral and Neuron (men's versions). Nice, very capable hardware.

    If you're concerned about consumer direct bike support, don't be. I ride consumer direct bikes (currently a Whyte), and the unlimited number of shops we have in DFW don't care what brand bike you have. They all work on all brands and models. In fact, they like seeing something different.
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    Finding a XS 27.5" Santa Cruz Super light would be a good option. My daughter is the same height and that is what she is on.

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