Another equally important element is the idea that for women, usually, the distance between the handlebars to the saddle should be less as this makes it easier and more efficient to ride. This is called a shorter reach and refers to a frame designed to aid female riders as opposed to longer reach in most men’s and unisex models.
Getting on and off the bike should be just as easy as it is to ride it. That’s why there is the concept of a lowered top tube for women where the top tube is positioned in a sloping angle so that it is way easier to get on and ride back on. You will see this mostly in hybrid or commuter bikes.
Finally, another really important element here is the idea of handlebars which women can grab on to more easily as they are narrower. Although of course there will always be exceptions, most women have shoulders that are much more narrower which is why the idea of shallower drop on road handlebars sounds like a really good one. It also translates into a shorter reach from the seat to the bars which puts less strain on the user.
Now that we have gotten a few of the technicalities out of the way the next question that pops into mind is obviously, so what bike is perfect for me?
Well, the most important thing in our opinion has got to be the size of the mountain bike. This is primarily because as we mentioned before, conventional bikes will only offer a small, medium and a large option as is the norm, but studies have shown that for the absolute best experience, investing in a size that has been made much closer to your specific body frame will be much better.
It might help to think of a prospective bike as you would approach clothes sizes. While one brand might have a different sizing chart, this won’t be consistent for all brands that exist. There is no one size fits all here, so you need to look for specific factors that are important to you too.
We recommend looking for brands that offer more sizes as they will be more in touch with dealing with different customer needs and wants. Size guides are good and all but nothing beats going into a shop and trying out the bike for you!