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Has anyone purchased a FS women's bike for their son? My 10 year old son and wife are the same height (5') and I could kill two birds with one stone buy buying a FS bike for him and when he outgrows it then she can ride it.

I'm looking at the Specialized Myka FSR.

Any opinions???
 

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if memory serves, the "female specific" model, ie. myka, is the same geometry as a "male" version in a size lower. So, a female L was exactly like a male M, but the myka had the prettier color scheme. We bought my wife a myka fsr a year or so ago, great bike, she loves it, but its pink and silver. So, if you son doesn't mind a "girl color" go with it, but I'd bet the male version would be a better fit...
 

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clarkrw3 said:
I just picked up a xs Orbea hard tail woman specific for my son...should work great as he grows.
I was really eyballing one of those frames for my son. I just flinched at it costing me $1000 to build it up.
 

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CDMC said:
I was really eyballing one of those frames for my son. I just flinched at it costing me $1000 to build it up.
It's true but the way I figure it I got a Mavic wheel set off of CompCyclist for $89 and then most of the other stuff I have sitting around or I can pull off my old hard tail and upgrade when and if he breaks stuff. Then he will have a nice and light 26" he can use for a while since he is 5 right now but a big 5 at 50"...we will see and I will post up as it comes together
 

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I'm not sure about the Myka line, but the Julianna version of the Superlight had a lighter weight spring/oil setup in the fork and smaller diameter bar/grips. It's all setup under the premise that women tend to be lighter w/smaller hands and a shorter reach than men of the same height.

I've seen and often thought of buying the Titec women specific bar/grips for my kid. IIRC, it's called a hellcat. It's 25.4 at the stem but has a uniform smaller diameter over a large section of the ends of the bar, so you should be able to cut it down pretty far to accomodate a kid and still use the smaller grips.
 
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