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Women’s Frame or Women’s Components?

Then women’s-specific geometry took over. Bike companies started cranking out shorter top-tubed frames to better accommodate the average female body’s tendency toward longer legs and shorter torsos. While some companies like Liv have stuck to that philosophy, others like Trek, Specialized, and Santa Cruz instead favor using the same frame for their men’s and women’s bikes, but adjust some parts–primarily touch points like bar, grips and saddle–for the intended gender. Most women’s mountain bikes also come with forks and shocks that are tuned for lighter riders.

Know Your Fit

For city and mountain bikes, which generally run from XS or S to M or L, it’s easy to estimate the size needed based on your height. Road bike size can get a bit trickier. If you don’t know your bike size, getting measured at a bike shop—or even getting a professional fitter to assess you—can make an enormous difference in helping you choose a road bike that’s comfortable for you. If you often feel stretched out over your top tube while riding a road bike or prefer more endurance-oriented riding, you might want to try a bike with women’s geometry, like the Liv Langma Advanced Disc. If you like a racier, more aggressive positioning, check out the Canyon Aeroad Wmn CF SLX Disc 8.0. If you’re not sure which you prefer, try to test-ride two bikes so you can get a feel for both styles. Just remember you can get a good fit on a women’s frame or a unisex one, it just depends on your body and riding preferences.