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Women's specific bikes??

I am looking to buy a new bike to upgrade from my current entry level one. I've got a Specialised Dolce at the moment. I had lots of different opinions about whether or not I should get a women's specific bike and getting very confused! Apparently I have a longer than average (for my height) torso and so can get a frame the right size in a 'mens' bike. However, I'm told that the handle bar width is also important as is the crank length. Obviously there is a lot more choice if I dont go for women's specific but dont want to disadvantage myself. Any advice from anyone?? How importnat is women's specific??

If I do go for womens, I've been looking at either Terk or Specialised if anyone has any receommendations? Looking to spend about £2000-£2500.



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    BlurredgirlBlurredgirl Posts: 292
    I don't like women's specific bikes at the moment (meaning I like the concept but not the current practicalities) because the choice and spec is so pants.

    I bought a small-framed Bianchi last year with a short stem, changed the saddle and had the seatpost cut down and had a proper fitting done. I love the bike and have no issues. Like you I also have a long torso and found that all the small size frames fitted fine, as long as the stem-length was right. You can also buy smaller drop bars if you want.

    Purists will tell you that crank length and frame geometry are also very important, which may be true, but if you want carbon, dura-ace and a big choice then 'women's specific' is just too small a field right now.

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    moonshinemoonshine Posts: 335
    not to mention the extra pounds they add to the price just because its supposed to be for a woman grrrr[:@]
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    ScibbyScibby Posts: 55
    Out of interest - what you doing with your Specialised? I'm looking for a bargain!

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    BlurredgirlBlurredgirl Posts: 292
    I don't buy into the WS bullsh*t. I think its a rip off for women.

    Oh so true. SO true! They tried hard at Evans to get me interested in the two sub £1000 road bikes that were WS until pointed out that none had ultegra, carbon stays, carbon seatpost and stem or even the pedigree of the bike I really wanted, which was also £200 cheaper.


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