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    New question here. Entry level HT for 5'0" g/f

    Hello - does anybody have a list of entry level hardtails that are offered for very short riders? My girlfriend is interested in upgrading her 20 year old bicycle with something more trail worthy. I saw the Trek Marlin, but wasnt sure what else is out there is such a small size.

    She's looking to spend no more than $ 800.
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    Norco Charger, Trek Roscoe, Liv Tempt, Marin Wildcat, Specialized Rockhopper/Pitch/Ruze... pretty much every bike manufacturer makes XS sized entry level hardtails.

    Tell us a little more about your girlfriend's riding style, experience level, favourite trail type etc. so we can make some more targeted suggestions

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    Thank you much. She is just getting into riding so we'll be looking for a xc/trail geometry.
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    The best way to do it is for her to do some demos or at least sit on some bikes to find out what is the most comfortable for her. That said, it's going to be really hard to find XS models in bike shops for her to try (it was hard enough me to find small demos). For something that really inspires confidence in a new rider you can't go wrong with plus tyres, especially if you set them up tubeless and run super low pressures (low teens if she's really light - I run 13/15psi in my 2.6" tyres). She might want to spend a little more and go with a Roscoe 8 as it has better components and a dropper post . That's what I'd pick if I was looking at a bike in that price range.

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    Check out my thread as I was in the same place a few months ago. My fiancÚ is barely 5' and I ended up getting a good deal on a XS Marin Wildcat 5. She loves it. I did however immediately swap out the spring fork for an air fork. Other than that the bike rips.

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    We ended up finding a discounted 2017 extra small Specialized Fuse.. 750 after tax! I really liked the idea posted earlier in the thread about getting her on plus tires and we were able to make it happen.
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