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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Women’s mountain bikes

Three great bikes for ladies who want to hit the trails

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$3,200, Giant-Bicycles.com
A versatile XC all-rounder, the Lust is designed for anything from technical XC racing and marathon-style events to everyday trail riding. With Liv’s women’s-specific 3F design philosophy, 27.5-inch wheel technology, and 100mm of proven Maestro suspension, the Lust is a lightweight, snappy ride that floats up climbs with confidence.

Frame: Aluminum; 100mm of travel; 27.5-inch
 wheels; internal cable routing
Fork: RockShox SID RL Solo Air; 100mm of travel;
 15mm thru-axle
Component Highlights: SRAM X7/X9;
 SRAM Guide RS brakes; Giant P-XC2 wheelset;
 Giant Contact SL stem; Giant Contact SL low-rise 
handlebar; Giant Contact SL seatpost; Fizik Donna 
saddle
Weight: 27.1 lbs


$4,000, Specialized.com
The Rumor has trail-tuned geometry with just the right amount of suspension travel for shredding flowing singletrack or charging that technical section that you’ve been trying to master. Mix in big 29-inch wheels that roll over any obstacle and Specialized’s Autosag suspension setup assistant for a versatile trail bike.

Frame: Aluminum; 110mm of travel
Fork: RockShox Revelation RC 29; 110mm of travel
Component Highlights: Shimano SLX; 
Roval Control 29 wheelset; Specialized XC 
stem; Specialized XC min-rise handlebars; Body Geometry Women’s Myth Comp saddle
Weight: 26 lbs


$4,700, JulianaBicycles.com
Designed for the serious woman mountain biker, the Furtado C S adopts the 27.5-inch wheel standard to create a snappy, agile ride. A sassy Hella Yella paint job completes the look and is sure to draw a few looks while you’re out shredding trails.

Frame: Carbon fiber
Fork: RockShox Pike RC; 130mm of travel
Component Highlights: Shimano XT/SLX; WTB STi23 rims; Raceface Turbine stem; Juliana flat handlebar; RockShox Reverb seatpost; Juliana Segundo saddle
Weight: 29.4 lbs