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My wife is shopping for a road bike after having a flat bar roadie for a while. Most women's bikes are/have pink and purple and she hates the cliche colours - colour scheme seems to be the main buying criteria. Is there anything notable between women's bikes and a small men's frame? She is liking the look of a Merida 905... Got measured in the shop and it is reportedly the ideal dimensions for her (52cm men's)
She's faced saddle discomfort so that will be the other thing that needs sorting out, hopefully with some pre-purchase testing
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The better ones will have slightly different proportions to a small men's bike including some or all of the following; shorter top tube, more upright seat angle, narrower handlebars, perhaps a longer head tube, shorter reach brakes/shifters, shallower drop handle bars.
You are on the right track though- the fit is the most important thing then the saddle.
Some women are lucky and can ride a small men's frame but many need something more specific.
As I've posted before, I got passionate about this when I realised how much pain my wife had put up with until she got a custom built frame. Her first remark on riding it for the first time was "I didn't realise cycling didn't need to hurt"
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I also have a women's specific bike bought for commuting however it was the best bike for the purpose that I was buying it for.
Merida are shocking for the WSD frames coming in 'girly' colours and lesser components compared to the men's.
Specialized were better until last years frames, in my opinion.
The specialized saddles are my preferred ones.
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