Entry-level women's bikes come with smaller frame sizes and changes to componentry to optimise your fit on the frame.
There are only three contact points between you and your bike – the handlebar, saddle and pedals.
To optimise each of these areas, bikes will be fitted with a shorter stem, narrower handlebars, shorter cranks and, most importantly, a wider saddle.
Shorter stem - brings the handlebars closer so you don't over-reach which can be painful
Narrow handlebars– reduces tension in your shoulders for comfort on long rides
Shorter cranks - ensures your feet are firmly planted on pedals for efficient riding
Wider saddle – A wider saddle at the rear supports women's wider hip bones, essential for comfort
More bike brands are investing into the women's market with purpose built women's specific bikes. These bikes are built from scratch to offer the best fit and performance by having subtle differences built into the frame to change your riding position.
Women are a lot more sensitive at putting weight through their genital soft tissue and pubic bone, so prefer to ride with more weight back on the saddle. This is why bike brands make changes to the geometry so you don't need to over-reach to grab the handlebars.
Shorter top-tube - This is the bar between your legs. A shorter top tube brings the handlebar closer, so it’s easier to reach.
Relaxed head angle – The short downward tube which the fork slides into is tilted backwards towards you. This brings the bar towards you and makes the front wheel more stable.
Taller head tube - Compared to a unisex frame, a women's model will have a slightly taller head tube which is easier to reach.
Steep seat tube angle – Compared to a unisex frame the seat tube angle will be a little steeper. This is to stop your toes hitting the front wheel when you turn corners (called toe-overlap) – a problem with shorter top tubes.
Low standover height - Many women's bikes will come with a slanted down top tube. This makes mounting the bike easier and offers confidence.
Choosing a women's specific bike can make a big difference to your enjoyment riding. With size specific componentry and specially engineered frames these bikes give you the best fit.
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