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First bike for wife (£300-450)

nussprofessornussprofessor Posts: 3
edited June 2018 in Women
Hi all,

I'm looking for a nice bike for my wife. She's 5ft 1-2 (157cm), and rather small. Budget is around 300-450 max. The needs would be a nice hardtail for riding trails trough forest and some light-medium off-road. I'm not sure about size either. I think 15'' would be the best. I was looking into the women's Carrera Vulcan (379 at Halfords), but lowest size is 16 and there might be something better?

There's also the Cube Access WLS Disc, for 399.

http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/bikes/ ... -bike.html

Any thoughts?

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,271
    Have a look at the Btwin Rockriders at Decathlon, suspect they may be a bit lighter, My missus uses a Merida Juliet with v brakes for riding out local woods and gravel tracks but it is pretty heavy.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • zx6manzx6man Posts: 1,092
    Evans were doing cannondale trail 7 for 299.. bit of a bargain great bike, the wife loves it
  • kajjalkajjal Posts: 3,380
    If you are confident second hand bikes offer great deals as sone have hardly been ridden. Also don't rule out Mens mountain bikes, if they fit you have a lot more choice new or second hand.
  • Thanks for the replies guys! We went to Decathlon yesterday, mainly to see how the small size fits her. And it does quite all right, so it seems like a good option. The one I was looking at was the Rockrider 520:

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-520-mountain-bike-id_8293188.html

    Fork
    Rockrider XCR 100mm lockout fork by SR Suntour.

    4
    Drive train
    MIRANDA BETA BLACK aluminium 22x32x42 chainset
    Shimano X50 front derailleur;
    Shimano ACERA rear derailleur;
    Shimano ACERA 9-speed shifters;
    SRAM PC951 chain;
    PG950 9-speed cassette 11 X 32.

    Brakes
    AURIGA Comp 160 mm hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear for more braking power and accuracy, even in extreme


    What do you think? How's Shimano Acera?
  • Have a look at the Cube Access WLS Disc bike, a very good bike for around £399 or less from Tweeks Cycles if you shop around :wink:
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  • my gf has acrea on her merida juliet, no complaints,
  • my gf has acrea on her merida juliet, no complaints,

    That sounds quite painful - has she got any ointment for it? :lol:
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Sorry, I misread the thread title as Bike for First Wife. I thought it sounded awfully modern...
  • keef66 wrote:
    Sorry, I misread the thread title as Bike for First Wife. I thought it sounded awfully modern...

    Or old-fashioned - http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/22/where-exa ... l-5257418/
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    I though the wife was being offered as payment for his first bike.....which would be very old fashioned!
  • zx6man wrote:
    the wife loves it

    :lol:
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  • jamskijamski Posts: 737
    This is a good spec for the price.

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/m ... utain-bike
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  • cubedeancubedean Posts: 670
    I've just bought the missus a diamondback heist 1.0 slx albeit slightly over your budget.
    1x11 Slx
    Deore brakes
    Raceface bar & stem
    Fork slightly lets it down being a suntour xcm but it's a great bike for the money.
  • smoggystevesmoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    cubedean wrote:
    I've just bought the missus a diamondback heist 1.0 slx albeit slightly over your budget.
    1x11 Slx
    Deore brakes
    Raceface bar & stem
    Fork slightly lets it down being a suntour xcm but it's a great bike for the money.


    Probably not the diamond she was after but its a start
  • cubedeancubedean Posts: 670
    cubedean wrote:
    I've just bought the missus a diamondback heist 1.0 slx albeit slightly over your budget.
    1x11 Slx
    Deore brakes
    Raceface bar & stem
    Fork slightly lets it down being a suntour xcm but it's a great bike for the money.


    Probably not the diamond she was after but its a start

    Haha I have found one who doesn't care for diamonds ;)
  • Laura Trott MTB from Halfords, 1x11 nx, Raidon forks with through axle, only Tektro brakes.
    End of line £350
  • EdananEdanan Posts: 3
    edited July 2018
    I was going to suggest a Grom but I see it has a 4 speed. I have wondered whether there is a market for a bike that has scooter mechanicals but looks more like a motorcycle, your wife suggests there is. There are some nice looking scooters out, maybe if you get her on one she would warm up to it and you could mod a few things to make it look 'cooler'. There is a place to put your stuff, very appealing! Some people do some crazy things with the Ruckus.

    You could get her a scooter and have her get some miles on it it to learn with the goal of moving up to a bigger auto-transmission bike.



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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,772
    Edanan wrote:
    I was going to suggest a Grom .... waffle, nonsense, waffle ...

    You could get her a scooter and have her get some miles on it it to learn with the goal of moving up to a bigger auto-transmission bike.

    You do know this is a mountain bike forum, don’t you? :roll:
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  • simono5simono5 Posts: 42
    This one from Halfords. My wife has one and it's brilliant and often discounted to £410 if you have time to wait.

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/m ... -18-frames

    With 10% off from British Cycling it turned out to be a real bargain.
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,772
    Did you bother to read the original post? It’s from 3.5 years ago and the OP hasn’t posted since.
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

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  • jamskijamski Posts: 737
    JBA wrote:
    Edanan wrote:
    I was going to suggest a Grom .... waffle, nonsense, waffle ...

    You could get her a scooter and have her get some miles on it it to learn with the goal of moving up to a bigger auto-transmission bike.

    You do know this is a mountain bike forum, don’t you? :roll:

    And a 16 month old post!
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