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alexis_the_tiny2011-04-09 17:21:22 +0000 #1
The dark side calls and resistance is futile. I've finally decided after donkey years of stubborn, to get a full suspension bike. Only now, I'm not sure what to go for. So if someone can help me out a little by recommending brands to look at, I'd appreciate it very much. My criteria would be, has to come in a small size, I'm 5'2" and top tube incidents hurt. I'd like something with 4 inch travel in the rear and a 100 - 120mm fork. My budget runs to $2000 for the full bike (not sure if that's realistic, if its not, someone please correct me). If the bike is not terrifically heavy, it'd be an awesome bonus but not utterly necessary. Thanks a lot!!
Aggie_Ama2011-04-09 17:24:17 +0000 #2
Do you need a short top tube? Specialized makes a nice bike with a short top tube. For me it wasn't comfortable but others like them. The Myka is a cost friendly full suspension that has 4 or 5" of travel (I think). I love my full suspension and it has made mountain biking more fun. A trail bike is going to be a bit heavy (mine is about 27 lbs) but is probably going to be what is in your budget. I don't notice the weight, just the fun!
indysteel2011-04-09 18:02:37 +0000 #3
Alexis, I just got my first MTB, a Specialized Myka. While I'm not in the market for a FS, I have looked at their geometry just to get a feel for what might fit me. I'm 5'4 with really short legs. I've ruled any number of bikes out because of it. A couple that might fit me are the Specialized

Myka, Pivot Mach 4, 5 and 5.7 and Titus. Unfortunately, these latter two are not cheap.

I'd not that there was someone on TE last week trying to sell her 2011 XS Pivot Mach 5 for quite a bit off retail.

In any event, there's a fairly recent thread in TE's MTB subforum on bikes for short people. I'd link to it, but I'm on my Blackberry and can't do that. Just go to the subforum and scroll down; you should see it. There's also a couple of discussions on MTBR's women's subforum on that topic.

Happy hunting!

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