Comfort and fit are crucial when buying a mountain bike. In order to make your biking experience more enjoyable, you need a bike that feels comfortable to use, fits your body properly, and matches your riding style. Women tend to weigh less and are shorter than men. There are also some obvious anatomical differences in the seating department. That said, men and women should ride different types of bikes. If you’re a woman, it is best to purchase a women’s mountain bike.
While most mountain bike frames are unisex, mountain bikes for women will have a lower standover, more upright position, and a shorter reach as compared to their unisex counterparts. This should be taken into account when you’re shopping for women’s mountain bikes.
If you are planning to give mountain biking a try or you’re a seasoned biker looking to upgrade her bike, we urge you to read on. In this blog post, we have compiled some of the top rated women’s mountain bikes in the market. We have included bikes from different price points, so it would be easier for you to find one that matches your skills and preferences.
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Liv Hail 2
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If you love a good downhill track but you’re not interested in purchasing a pure downhill bike, the Hail 2 is a great option for you.
The Hail 2 is a women’s specific enduro bike. It was built with an ALUXX SL-grade aluminum frame that is robust, lightweight, and built around women’s specific geometry. With the all new SRAM Guide R brakes, you’ll have a smooth, flawless performance in every ride. The Rockshox’s Dual Position Air technology allows you to change your fork’s travel up to 30mm without changing its small bump performance. The 27.5-inch wheel ensures that the bike is still playful and nimble. It also features adual link Maestro suspension that brings a new level of traction and trail flattening ability.
The Hail 2 will grant your wish on every steep, technical trail. It was built to come alive at high speeds for aggressive and enduro-style riding. Meticulously crafted, this bike is so amazing that it forces people to stop in their tracks and watch in awe.
Jamis Dragonfly 26+ Pro
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The legend of the dragon wouldn’t be complete without a princess. We’d like to introduce you to the Dragonfly, the women’s version of the Dragonslayer. It has a smaller sizing, shorter wheelbase, lower standover height, and a shorter top tube than the Dragonslayer. This bike is a 26 plus steel hardtail designed as a women’s specific bike.
The bike features a new generation of Reynolds steel and is designed around a 120mm fork. It is also equipped with a 27.5 inch wheels and a larger 180mm rotor up front to help control that larger wheel in the most efficient manner possible. The Dragonfly also features Shimaon SLX hydraulic disc brakes, Jamis lock-on grips, 142x12mm maxle thru-axle, and adjustable sliding dropouts. Overall, the Dragon is designed for fast trail riding.
Brand new for 2018, the Dragonfly is only available in the United States. But seeing it’s a bit of a pioneer, it’s one to watch.
Giant Liv Embolden
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The Embolden represents the most affordable full-supsension mountain bike Liv has offered.It is an alloy-framed, entry-level mountain bike, which is designed for taking on the trails.
It features a single-pivot rear suspension system and RockShox 30 Gold TK forks with 120mm of travel. Each model is built with ALUXX-Grade Aluminum frame for strength, lightness and durability. Embolden bikes also come with 27.5-inch wheels to ensure that bike handing remains playful and nimble while still providing a stable ride. The Embolden is designed for riders who are looking to upgrade to full suspension.
Cannondale Tango 1
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The Tango 1 from Cannondale is a gateway into mountain biking. The bike was built with women’s saddle, short-reach brake levers, and slightly narrower handlebars to ensure a comfortable and dialled fit. The bike is equipped with Tekto hydraulic brakes to give you easy, reliable performance. The burly WTB tires provide traction when the pressure is on, while the 27.5-inch aluminum rims roll fast. Each model comes with the Smartform aluminum frame with RockShox XC forks, which is designed to soak up bumps and trail obstacles.
When it comes to visual appeal, this bike doesn’t disappoint. It’s nearly all black stealth design appeals to those who prefer simplicity in design. The Tango 1 is designed to handle everything – from cross-country racing to full-blown trail duty.
Marin Wildcat Trail WFG 1
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The Wildcat Trail 1 is equipped with the 21-speed Shimano drivetrain and SR Suntour’s XCT fork with custom tuned springs for each size of bike. The bike was built with 1 6061 aluminum frame that is both light and sturdy. It also comes with 27.5-inch wheels strikes the perfect balance between maneuverability and efficiency.
The bike comes with female-specific grips, saddle, handle bar, as well as a slightly shorter cockpit that fits the majority of women rider comfortably. If you like girly hues, you might want to check this out. This bike is available in vivid purple, baby blue, and pink. Overall, the Wildcat Trail 1 is a decent option to welcome you to the world of mountain biking.
Trek Skye S
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The Trek Skye S is the most affordable women’s mountain bike on the list. But don’t let its price fool you into thinking that this bike isn’t good enough. Each bike comes with a comfortable women’s seat, quality Bontrager components, powerful linear-pull brakes, and 24 easy-pedalling gears. Up front, a suspension fork smooths the bumps and broken pavements. Each bike was built with a lightweight aluminum frame, women-specific saddle, bars and grips for ultimate comfort.
The Skye S is designed to ensure a fun, wild adventure on the trail. This is a great choice for women who want to cruise the dirt or pavement. The sky is the limit for how far this bike will take you.