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A female friend wants to take the plunge and get an SS 29er bike.

Background:
- 5'7", 34 Inseam.
- Been riding for a few years on a Specialized XC FS. Recently she tried some of our trails without changing gears on her current bike. She likes it and can make almost everything.
- Intermediate rider, done some races.
- North Texas trails - Mostly smooth trails, some short steep ups and downs, many roots and small logs, and finally, lots of tight trees singletrack trails.

Criteria:
- Under $1.5K
- Front Suspension
- Disk Brakes
- Laid bike riding position
- Bend handlebars, but not too wide because of the type of trails we have here
- Willing to consider fully packaged bike or buy frame only and then pick the parts individually
- Room for large volume tires (e.g. RR 2.25)
- Cool factor - She likes skulls and skeletons, no girly stuff

Bikes lightly considered so far:
- Gary Fisher Rig (from large LBS store)
- Vassago (Very popular around here)
- Niner
- Misfit Psycles diSSent

Any recommendations?
 

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flafonta said:
Criteria:
- Under $1.5K
- Front Suspension
- Disk Brakes
- Laid bike riding position
- Bend handlebars, but not too wide because of the type of trails we have here
- Willing to consider fully packaged bike or buy frame only and then pick the parts individually
- Room for large volume tires (e.g. RR 2.25)
- Cool factor - She likes skulls and skeletons, no girly stuff

Bikes lightly considered so far:
- Misfit Psycles diSSent
Modified your list based on criteria...of course my view of things could be biased.

The dissent is going for 285$ until the 5th - HERE

The FU2 bar is our biggest selling bar to lady peoples. The advantages of big sweep (like the FU bar) within the appropriate context of narrower shoulders.

I've installed 2.55's in the rear with no issues.

As for skulls...standard issue. Done seen some custom ones pass through too:

 
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