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HI everyone. I'm on the search for an entry level bike for my wife. It'll been used on the road and hardpack trails. She is 5'4 and about 160. I've done a number of searches and looked for reviews and the KHS Alite 300 looks like a decent choice with a $379US retail and $429 in Canada. $500cdn is maximum.

I want to get a well made bike with good components in my price range. I don't want to go higher as I doubt my wife needs anything more and if we get more serious about riding then I'll invest more.

I would appreciate any feedback on the KHS. Thank you!

I have also been looking at:
Rocky Mtn Metro 5
http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+bikes.html?BIKE=128&name=Metro 5#2

Trek 3700 and Giant Boulder SE (both under $400)
2008 Trek 3700

Price $369.99
Frame Alpha White Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts
Front Suspension SR Suntour M-2025, 63mm
Wheels Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims
Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
Shifters Shimano EF50, 7 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano C051
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Crank SR Suntour XCC-T208 48/38/28
Cassette Sunrace 13-34, 7 speed
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Approved
Seat Post Bontrager Approved
Handlebars Bontrager Approved, 30mm rise
Stem Bontrager Approved, 25 degree
Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano EF50 levers

2008 Giant Boulder SE

Price $349.99
Color Blue/Blue, Gray/Black
Frame ALUXX SL butted aluminum
Fork SR XCM, 100mm w/Pre Adjust
Shifters Shimano EF50
Front Derailleur Shimano C102
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Brakes Alloy Direct Pull Cantilever
Brake Levers Shimano EF-50
Cassette Shimano 13-34 Mega Range, 7-speed
Chain KMC Z51
Cranks SR Suntour XCT V2, 28/38/48T
BB Cartridge
Rims Alloy 36H
Hubs Alloy 36H
Spokes Stainless steel 14G
Tires MTB Trail 26 x 1.95", Kenda K-Rad (Gray/Black)
Handlebar Steel 50mm Rise
Stem Alloy 15° rise
Seatpost Alloy 30.9x350
Saddle Unity Giant Grove Plus Giant DJ on men's Gray/Black
Pedals Nylon
extras chainguard

KHS Alite 300
http://www.khscanada.com/viewbike/541/
Colour Red, Flat Gray
Size 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
Frame Alloy 7005 w/replaceable derailleur hanger
Fork Spinner Grind 1ML,70mm, lock out ,Adj preload
Derailleur Shimano Acera
Shifters Shimano Alivio Pod
Cassette Shimano CS-HG30 11-32, 8-speed
Cranks SR CW8-XCTV2 T302PB 42/32/22 w/o CG
Pedals Wellgo resin w/steel cage w/boron axle
Handlebar Alloy 30mm rise/625mm
Stem Alloy 4-bolt,15degree
Headset Can Creek A-head 1-1/8, Zero Stack
Brakes Tektro linear pull
Levers Alloy linear pull 2.5F
Saddle KHS Sport, Dual Density
Seat Post Alloy micro-adjust
Rims Weinmann alloy, machined double wall
Hubs Formula alloy, cassette, QR
Tires KHS 26x2.0
 

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Welcome to the forums. :drumroll:

The KHS looks to be the best set-up with a 70mm fork so it wont be bouncing down the road. The RM would be sweet but it is more of a road bike with no suspension fork that might discourage her from even looking at the dirt. :cornut:
 

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In reading through some other posts looks like the Kona Dew is another alternative. No susp like the RM Metro 5 but Canadian made is a plus for me and a long time dealer is a few minutes away. I will visit a few shops to check these out and have my wife ride them.

How does the Kona's components compare to the KHS or the Metro 5? I don't see the front suspension getting any significant work so a hard frame would be suitable.

Kona Dew $399cdn
Frame sizes C45cm, C49cm, C52cm, C54cm, C56cm, C58cm, C60cm, C62cm
Frame tubing Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
Fork Kona P2 700c
Headset Ritchey LB-Plus
Crankarms FSA Dyna Drive
Chainrings 48/38/28
B/B RPM BB-7420
Pedals Xerama SP-941
Chain KMC Z-72
Freewheel Shimano HG40 (11-34, 8-spd)
F/D Shimano Tourney
R/D Shimano Altus
Shifters Shimano EZ-Fire Integrated
Handlebar Kona Riser
Stem Kona Control
Grips Kona Race Light
Brakes Tektro M530
Brake Levers Shimano EZ-Fire Integrated
Front hub Formula
Rear hub Formula
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 15g front/14g rear
Tires Continental CountryRide 700x37c
Rims Rigida Cyber 10
Saddle Kona Comfort
Seatpost Kona Thumb
Seat clamp Kona QR
Color Blue

Rocky Mtn Metro 5 $499cdn
Frame RMB Custom 6061 Aluminum
Frame Weight N/A
Fork Chromoly steel w/ eyelets
Front Travel n/a
Rear Shock N/A
Rear Travel N/A
Head Set TH NO. B53 THREADED
Stem Adj. Alloy
Handlebar RMB Trekking Alloy 30mm rise
Brakes V-type Promax TX-122
Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF50
Shifters Shimano ST-EF50 EZ Fire 8spd
Gearing (FR) Shimano FC051 31.8mm
Gearing (RR) Shimano Acera
Cranks & Chainrings Suntour XCC-T208 48/38/28
Cranks N/A
Chainrings N/A
Bottom Bracket Cartridge TH 7420
Pedals VP 990S steel cage
Hubs (FR) Formula FM-32
Hubs (RR) Formula FM-21 w/ QR
Cog-Set Shimano HG30-8 11/32
Chain KMC Z72
Spokes Stainless
Rims Alex Dbl Wall 2100 700C
Tires (RR/FR) Kenda 700X35C A.V.
Seat Post RMB Alloy 27.2mm W/C
Saddle WTB Speed V Men's
Wheel set N/A

KHS Alite 300 $429 cdn
http://www.khscanada.com/viewbike/541/
Colour Red, Flat Gray
Size 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
Frame Alloy 7005 w/replaceable derailleur hanger
Fork Spinner Grind 1ML,70mm, lock out ,Adj preload
Derailleur Shimano Acera
Shifters Shimano Alivio Pod
Cassette Shimano CS-HG30 11-32, 8-speed
Cranks SR CW8-XCTV2 T302PB 42/32/22 w/o CG
Pedals Wellgo resin w/steel cage w/boron axle
Handlebar Alloy 30mm rise/625mm
Stem Alloy 4-bolt,15degree
Headset Can Creek A-head 1-1/8, Zero Stack
Brakes Tektro linear pull
Levers Alloy linear pull 2.5F
Saddle KHS Sport, Dual Density
Seat Post Alloy micro-adjust
Rims Weinmann alloy, machined double wall
Hubs Formula alloy, cassette, QR
Tires KHS 26x2.0
 

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I'm all down with the keep it home. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

If you want your wife to ride with you she should be on something that looks like what you ride also other wise when she is having a tough time it will be, well you have suspension on the front so it's easier for you, not a good way to be introduced to mountain biking. ductape would be a good person to track down she can give you a womans opinion versus me assuming, I'll try to track her down. :cornut:

This would be a sweet starter. :)

http://www.konaworld.com/08_lanai_w.htm
 

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Hi Dogonfr & Muddy,

Muddy, Great to hear that your wife is keen on having a go. But my question is just how keen she is and how likely do you think she will enjoy it? Is she doing it just to ride with you or do you think it's a sport she could enjoy even on her own as well? In my opinion if you think she's more likely to enjoy it than not I would spend closer to your max budget, after all you know how much nicer a bike is to ride with better components - particularly in regards to the suspension fork. Not to mention it shifts better, and requires less frequent adjustment. I personally wouldn't go rigid unless you don't think she will like spending any time on the dirt, but then again I've found even the entry level forks aren't really much better with the spring they come with (too firm for my weight) - so make sure they are suitable for her weight.

I've had a look at your profile, since you're riding a Stumpy I gather that you know a bit about bikes and what's good value & good to ride. I can understand where you're coming from in starting with a cheapie, not too long ago I was considering a Wallmart bike vs a reasonable entry level hardtail (Giant Alias - I'm in Australia) for my Husband. I picked the Alias but of course he hasn't really got into riding at all, doesn't matter he still might and it doubles as a good bike for me!

But regardless of anything else I think FIT and COMFORT are the two most important factors to consider. Buy one that fits her or the one she feels most comfortable on, then fine tune the saddle / stem / bars. If it fits and it's comfy she will enjoy riding her bike for quite some time, and will probably look at upgrading once her skills have grown a bit and you know she's into it. Even spending double the money won't be any good if the saddle makes her butt sore if she rides for longer than 30min or it the frame is too big so she has to reach too far & gets sore hands. So even though it's a risk, the more you spend now, the lighter the bike will be and the better it will run, hopefully this means she is more likely to get into it and enjoy.

I think only the both of you will know which way you should go. Besides I started off on a Wallmart type bike, it took a fair bit of offrad punishment but then again I was probably a bike nut from the start :)
 
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