Ladies Hybrid

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Jim77, 14 May 2008.

  1. Jim77

    Jim77 New Member

    The Mrs. is looking to get a bike. I have been searching for her and she doesn't want to spend more than £300.

    I have narrowed it down to three at present, but have no idea which brand is superior.


    (1) Scott Speedster P5

    (2) Trek FX 7.1 or 7.2? Not sure of difference.

    (3) Specilaised 17.5

    Which is the better make?
  2. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Hi Jim.
    The scott and specialised, i have no experience of.

    I have the mens Trek 7.1FX, one of the earlier models. Its been a good strong bike, still going well and i wouldnt hesitate to recommend it.
    But, you (probably) wont get a rack and mudguards, and only a simple chainguard.
    They may not be important now, but if your wife rides in the wet or winter, you may need to buy them later.
    The 7.2FX will have slightly different gears on it, possibly an 8 speed instead of 7, but basically the same bike.

    My wife has a Dawes Kalahari. A more traditional frame, it does come with mudguards, rack and full chainguard...looks like this...

    It goes very very well, she loves it, but i have reservations about the paint quality. It has some light scratches already, they may be our fault, but i'm surprised.

    The thing i learned was i was trying to steer her toward certain bikes. It doesnt neccessarily fact she told me to bugger off. 'It's going to be my bike, and i'm going to choose it' she said ;):biggrin:

    Happy hunting...and most importantly, she must try to have a test ride. Its important to get the right size, make sure she can stand over it, get the right leg extention while riding it and feel comfortable with hands on the handlebars.
  3. custardpie

    custardpie New Member

    I have a Trek 7.2 FX WSD bought earlier this year and it has revolutionised cycling for me! So this is a definite recommendation! It has a triple ring at the front and 8 at the back; it's quite lightweight and the hybrid tyres make things a lot easier and faster than the mountain bike I had before. You can put mudguards etc on it if you need to. Suspension seatpost helps too! Love it! Hope this helps:biggrin:
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I know it is slightly beyond your stated budget but I recently bought my wife one of these which I think is really very good value. Especially when you consider that it come complete with full length mudguards, dynamo front hub and B&M front and rear lights as well as a rear rack. It is unusual as well in that it has a rear hub gear and rear dérailleur but no front gears. It is quite nice and light as well, has an upright riding position and is extremely comfortable to ride.
  5. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Go with the Scott. I had a P1 Sportster and it was an effing cracking bike! I've also had a Speedster with flats - again - lovely ride.
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