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What quality XXS hardtail bikes are out there?

00gauge2011-11-01 11:13:05 +0000 #1
Hello, I am a new poster here. Did an extensive search without anything conclusive. I am (a guy) and an avid MTB rider and it seems my girlfriend has caught the bug. I'd like to get her a mountain bike. She's tiny: 5 foot tall with a 28 inch (72 cm) inseam. So far the only bike she fit on was Fuji Navada but even at the highest spec that bike comes in with crap parts that makes it close to 30 lbs in weight. We have also tried Specialized Myka 15" since it was the smallest the LBS had and it was too large (and also insanely heavy).

I think there should be no reason I couldn't find a decent lightweight (under 25 lbs) hardtail in XXS size for under $1500 but I am struggling to find one.
Muirenn2011-11-01 11:22:45 +0000 #2
The Soma Groove frame comes in a 15'' with a standover of 26.9.

I'm not a mountain-biker or petite, but remembered seeing the geometry chart, so thought I'd mention it.

Geometry

www.somafab.com/geometry03.html

Frame

www.somafab.com/groove.html

Retail for frame not including fork is 429.99

They also have a selection of forks for around 150.00, depending.

Edit. This thread may help:

forums.teamestrogen....owthread.php?t=40171
Becky2011-11-01 11:57:20 +0000 #3
The GT Zaskar in an XS sticks in my brain for some reason. Looks like it's only being made in carbon this year though. They did make it in aluminum last year- you might still be able to find one.
mixie2011-11-01 12:01:30 +0000 #4
I would look at Jamis bikes. I am 5' tall and just bought a 13" Durango 2. It's probably too heavy for your gf, but I didn't have quite the budget you did!

Jamis makes a LOT of mtbs in 13" size which I find fits me great! I also have a Jamis road bike and I gotta hand it to them, they know how to make small bikes for small riders.

Jenson USA has a lot of last years models on sale.

www.jensonusa.com/st...emin=0&pricemax=5000

I live local to them so I was able to test ride a bike. They have awesome customer service.

(nope, I do not work for either Jamis or Jenson, just a happy customer!)
eofelis2011-11-01 12:25:46 +0000 #5
I have a 13" steel hardtail Jamis Dragon. Not FS, but a nice tiny bike.

The Dakar might come in XXS size.
Catrin2011-11-01 12:00:11 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by eofelis

I have a 13" steel hardtail Jamis Dragon. Not FS, but a nice tiny bike.

The Dakar might come in XXS size.

I've a 13" Jamis Dakar XC Comp - it is a soft-tail but am very happy with it. The Durango Femme comes in a 12" size. I don't know how that would compare with my 13", but my LBS noted the Durango 15 inch has the same dimensions as my 13" inch FS Dakar - so this is what I test rode before purchasing my lovely Dakar. My 13" Dakar XC is about 27 pounds, but it IS a soft-tail.
indysteel2011-11-01 13:12:26 +0000 #7
Quote:

Originally Posted by Catrin

I've a 13" Jamis Dakar XC Comp - it is a soft-tail but am very happy with it. The Durango Femme comes in a 12" size. I don't know how that would compare with my 13", but my LBS noted the Durango 15 inch has the same dimensions as my 13" inch FS Dakar - so this is what I test rode before purchasing my lovely Dakar. My 13" Dakar XC is about 27 pounds, but it IS a soft-tail.

The Dakar is a FS bike, no? That's not the same thing as a soft tail.
Catrin2011-11-01 14:14:00 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by indysteel

The Dakar is a FS bike, no? That's not the same thing as a soft tail.

Yes, it is a FS, and I've mtb friends who refer to full suspension as a soft-tail. So if a soft-tail isn't a full suspension, then what IS it?

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