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Old 04-21-2020, 02:38 PM
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Gravel Bike for 5'4" wife

Hi all,
I'm looking to get my wife on something other than a mtn bike. I'm thinking a next step would be a gravel bike. Whenever we ride together it's always on mountain bikes on bike paths. I'd really like to get more miles in together.
Most recommendations I've seen so far are in the 51cm - 53cm size road frame.
Just curious if anyone has insights in to sizing for a gravel type frame.
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Old 04-21-2020, 03:30 PM
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really hard to say for sure. i could take a guess and say 51. but that does not mean much at all. best to use free fitting tools on the internet, measure your wife's specific dimensions and then look for a bike.
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Old 04-21-2020, 03:36 PM
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I agree that 50-52 is likely in the ballpark. You may want to try some test rides once the world opens back up.

In that size, you'd likely want to look for a bike with a max of 650b wheels. 26" wheels would likely be even better, as she would have a lot of toe overlap with most 700c wheels in that size of frame.
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Old 04-21-2020, 04:39 PM
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Thanks, those are helpful.
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Old 04-22-2020, 10:00 AM
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I would agree that 50-52cm is probably in the ballpark. My wife is 5'7" and rides a 54cm road bike. We just got her a new Salsa Vaya titanium and she loves it; I think the higher head tube for a more upright position helps since she doesn't ride regularly anymore (so a less aggressive position is desired).

In general, most women-specific bikes are usually oriented to fit women with legs longer than in proportion to their torso, where men's bikes are more even.

Also, some women's bikes are spec'd with women specific parts like brake shifters and handlebars (shorter reach and drop) to compensate for smaller hands.
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Old 04-29-2020, 02:30 PM
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I'm her height, and inseam challenged (which I think is more a male v. female issue sometimes).

If I were to build a gravel bike and want to expose seatpost for ride quality, I would not forget to add a dropper post into the weight and geo equations

Hope you guys find something soon! Enjoy those rides together!
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Old 05-15-2020, 05:46 PM
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I concure.TT proly 51 or 52 , compact frame best for easier stand over ,and 650b wheel set to avoid toe overlap.
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:42 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I am liking the Salsa Journeyman 650 for her. There are several variations at different price points. Anything else similar out there I should be on the lookout for?
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:37 AM
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My wife is also 5’4” and rides a Liv Brava SLR size XS. She likes it a lot and uses it for most multi surface rides.
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:51 PM
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Sounds pretty good, I’ll look in to those as well.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:35 AM
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Jamis Renegade S3 in 51 cm. IMO, it is one of the best spec'd bikes out there for the money ($1,499); comes with GRX 600 double groupset, nice tires, and Ritchey cockpit.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:59 AM
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Drive up to Point Reyes Cycles and see Mike Varley.
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