Woman's beginners bike

nessmanuk Posts: 9
edited October 2011 in MTB beginners
Have persuaded my mature wife to try cycling but she does not want to spend much. Looking at a Diamondback Peak or a dawes XC1.0 or 1.2 mainly as they are what are in stock at local retailers and at the right sort of price (£200ish).

Better spec on Diamondback but not sure about quality - am in a quandry as to which to go for - any help/suggestions much appreciated.


  • Daz555
    Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    What sort of terrain are you planning on riding?
    You only need two tools: WD40 and Duck Tape.
    If it doesn't move and should, use the WD40.
    If it shouldn't move and does, use the tape.
  • Daz555 wrote:
    What sort of terrain are you planning on riding?

    Mainly roads but green/blue tracks as well. Have just come across the Saracen Tufftrax which gets a good review - any thoughts on it?? Any help appreciated!!!
  • hells
    hells Posts: 175
    I had a careera fury when I first started adn it was alright, spesh hardrock was also a good choice, although my favourite atm is my kona Jake the snake. A Cx bike might be a good choice as it is capable of light off road and is pretty quick on the road especially if you stick some slicks on it, I think boardman do a cheapish cx bike with mechanical disc brakes. Dont try only womens bikes try small mens as well. Iv never owned a womens specific bike, partially cuz I hate the shitty colours they come in and partially becuase a small mens frame seems to feel pretty goood anyway.
    Scott Addict R2 2010
    Trek 1.7 compact 2009
    Tank race elite 2007
    Marin Alpine trail 2007
    Specalized Langster 2010
    Kona Jake the Snake
  • To make sure my girl gets to try mountain biking on a decent bike I built her one. I used the same spec kit that's on my bike so she's not an an inferior machine and got to spec to fit her perfectly.
  • Many thanks all - will check the various options out and make a decision!