WOMEN’S MOUN­TAIN BIKES

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKES -

Liv Hail Ad­vanced 0 $7,499

The Hail Ad­vanced 0 is Liv’s pre­mium long-travel of­fer­ing. The 27.5" car­bon bike has been de­signed to be ca­pa­ble of go­ing from trail rides to the bike park and even en­duro race cour­ses. Rid­ers get 160 mm of rear wheel travel from a Rock­shox Deluxe rt3 rear shock, ei­ther 130- or 160-mm travel from the Rock­shox Lyrik rct3 fork, Gi­ant P-trx 0 car­bon wheels and a sram X01 Ea­gle 1 x 12-speed driv­e­train. Throw in sram Guide Ul­ti­mate disc brakes and a Gi­ant Con­tact SL Switch Trail drop­per post and you’re ready for any­thing. The Hail comes in sizes ex­tra small (14.5") to large (20"). ( gi­ant-bi­cy­cles.com)

Ghost Lanao FS3 $2,375

Ghost Bikes is a Ger­man brand that’s dis­trib­uted ex­clu­sively by mec in Canada, with the Lanao fs3 be­ing the com­pany’s mi­dlevel 27.5" women’s-spe­cific moun­tain bike. The alu­minum frame of­fers 130 mm of front travel and 120 mm of rear wheel travel; sus­pen­sion du­ties are han­dled by a Rock­shox Re­con fork up front and a X-fu­sion O2 RL rear shock. There’s also a re­spectable mix of Shi­mano 2 x 10-speed com­po­nents, m506 brakes, slx shifters and crankset, a De­ore front de­railleur and an XT rear de­railleur. The rest of the com­po­nent mix is made up of Ghost’s house-brand parts. ( mec.ca)

Trek Fuel EX 8 Women’s $4,000

Trek’s women’s-spe­cific mod­els of the Fuel bring the bike within reach of al­most ev­ery rider out there. The Fuel EX 8 model comes with 27.5" wheels for the 14" and 15.5" frames, and 29" wheels for the 17.5" and 18.5" frames. Com­po­nent high­lights on the alu­minum-frame bike in­clude the Fox Rhythm 34 Float fork and Fox Per­for­mance Float evol rear shock, a Shi­mano XT 2 x 11-speed driv­e­train with a De­ore front de­railleur, De­ore brakes and a KS ethirty In­te­gra drop­per post. Rid­ers can also ad­just the head an­gle and bot­tom bracket height to suit their pref­er­ences with the Mino Link flip-chip. ( trek­bikes.com)—stu­ar­tk­er­naghan

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