road bike for my wife

ct4oc Posts: 98
edited February 2011 in Road buying advice
I'm looking to get a sub £800 road bike for my wife, needs to be pretty small though either 44 or 45, what would people recommend? 8)


  • I've been looking at similar things (also finally convinced the wife to get back on the bike) and I've found not many options -

    Giant Avail 2
    Specialized Dolce
    Trek Lexa S (don't seem to come small enough for you)
    Bianchi (great for a fitter rider, low front end (head tube length) compared to most of the female specific frames)

    We've test ridden everything but the Giant (I got on for a quick sprint to see if any of them have any flaws that I can think of). The Bianchi felt nice and lively but the Specialized felt kind of lumpen. Not sure how much to attribute that to the frame and how much to the wheels though.
  • ct4oc wrote:
    I'm looking to get a sub £800 road bike for my wife

    For one minute I thought you was looking for a swap deal!


    Great club in and around the Warrington area.
  • ct4oc
    ct4oc Posts: 98
    don't tempt me!


    She used (18 years and 2 kids ago) to ride a lot, TT and other racing, just wants something to get back on it initially, we've looked at the bianchi and specialized and I think the bianchi comes out on top for us, one other option is one of the ribble carbon bikes would just come into the price range but i'm not sure what they're like for the money?
  • carrock
    carrock Posts: 1,103
    my wife has a specialized ruby ( carbon version of dolce ) and loves it. You may get one close to £1000 if last years model.

    Dolce will be fine, altthough cxp22 rims need changing
  • ct4oc
    ct4oc Posts: 98
    been out and tried a few yesterday, settled on the bianchi! thank you for your help 8)
  • lucan
    lucan Posts: 339

    Of the bike! Obviously :lol:
    Summer: Kuota Kebel
    Winter: GT Series3
  • ct4oc
    ct4oc Posts: 98
    lol, it's pink and white, she wanted the limited edition infinito in Italian flag colours but at £1870 f&f I don't think she could justify it! :lol:
  • What! you let her out of the kitchen :lol: Nice bike was thinking along the same lines for my missus :)
    Specialized Langster
    Specialized Enduro Expert
    Specialized Rockhopper

    This season I will be mainly riding a Specialized
  • ilm_zero7
    ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    ct4oc wrote:
    nice looking bike - but not as sweet as the Pink Plant X that is floating around Abu Dhabi

    and on the forum it seems
    Wiliers: Cento Uno/Superleggera R and Zero 7. Bianchi Infinito CV and Oltre XR2
  • ct4oc
    ct4oc Posts: 98
    now that's pink!