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Womens Bike under £500

Dan-CollDan-Coll Posts: 40
edited November 2015 in MTB buying advice
Hi all,

I am currently looking at getting my girlfriend a bike for chistmas and was just going to run it by here to see what your opinions are.

I have been looking at these two bikes but don't think there is much between them, what do you guys think?
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-vulcan-womens-mountain-bike-2015
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-soukri-womens-mountain-bike?cm_re=banner-_-cycling+Pages-_-tradeuptext

Thanks for any help

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  • brianbeebrianbee Posts: 330
    Hi all,

    I am currently looking at getting my girlfriend a bike for chistmas and was just going to run it by here to see what your opinions are.

    I have been looking at these two bikes but don't think there is much between them, what do you guys think?
    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-vulcan-womens-mountain-bike-2015
    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-soukri-womens-mountain-bike?cm_re=banner-_-cycling+Pages-_-tradeuptext

    Thanks for any help

    First question, assuming she is not intending to ride in a long skirt, does she actually need a women's bike ? If not that opens up the market somewhat

    Second, what is she going to be doing with it, is it canal/cycle paths and a forest trail or two, or is she going to be getting down and dirty with the boys

    I ask, because the voodoo is quite a good bit better, but a 100 quid dearer and would be a bit wasted if its the former and she may as well get the cheap one
  • I will be taking her on blues and reds at trail centres, we have already been a few times to Dalby and hired bikes so now its time to get her one of her own.

    I was thinking about getting a mans bike such as the Carrera Kraken however I don't think it looks as good which I know shouldn't be important but I do think it matters. Did you have any others in mind?

    By the way she is 5 10 so should also be fine with a mans bike
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    She may prefer the look of the Calibre two.two (cheaper and better than the Kraken) or the relevant priced Rockrider 500 (likweise).

    You tend to pay a premium for a 'womens' bike which often isnt justified when you could use a mans bike with a saddle and possible grip swap for less money.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,988
    If she is going to be one of the boy's then follow Rookies advice.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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