Thursday, August 8, 2013

Which Mountain Bike is right for you?

Jen's Specialized Rumor - Women's Full Suspension 29er - a bike ready for any obstacle!
 
So many bikes!
As Specialized Women's MNT bike ambassador, I get this question daily in emails, facebook messages and on my women's weekly rides. I even have met ladies at restaurants for lunch to discuss which Specialized Bike is the right fit for them.
 
Here’s what to know before you go into a shop:
 
 
*What do you want to do on your bike?
  • Are you a first-time rider who wants to try out the trials, or are you looking to race or join a women's team? 
 “No bike shop owner knows this,” says Erin Sprague, women’s product manager at Specialized. “The shop can help you with the technical details. But only you understand what drives you and what kind of experience you’re seeking.”

A full suspension 29ner is overkill for a lady that just wants to commute on trails to work.

Demo Day with Specialized Bikes
All the Jr Girls tried out their dream bike.


*Who will you be riding with?

Most women like to ride with a group, the desire to have a bike is often peer driven. You don't want to be on a bike that can not handle trip to Moab or Frutia with your friends. It is good to invest in a bike that can handle what you plan to dish up. Investing in yourself as a woman cyclist is awesome, and you deserve to have the sweetiest ride possible.
As for Teenage girls it is a little more tricky - I have some High School girls that saved their pennies to invest in a new Specialized Stumpjumper.

Spending $3,000 is a lot of money for a family, but she is driven with cycling and races competitively. Her parents see this bike as an investment that she can use for years.


Clara with her new Specialized Stumpjumper


On the other end, I have 12yr old girls just starting out with MNT biking, so I wouldn't advise them to get such a fancy bike. But, they should not be riding a "department store bike" - This will put them as a disadvantage with the group. They will have to work harder with a heavy model, and I will be constantly fixing stuff on rides.  The great thing about Specialized is that you get so much for your $.

Let me tell you, these girls ride hard, and they deserve decent gear.

 Hannah with her new Myka Disc 26 wheel
 

Kristine and Claire leading women's race in Missoula, Montana.
On my women's team (Mt Alpha) this season we have several girls that are racing the Specialized Fate.
This bike is SWEET!

Super fast, light and sexy. Our 2 top women's racers are both on Fate's and leading the region with 1st and 2nd place podiums for Cat One women.


Kristine contemplating trail with her Specialized Fate



11 yr old Elise on her Specialized Myka

 I Am Specialized

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