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Orange Diva 2013
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Dear Experts

I'm looking to get a bike for my wife. She has chosen this one <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.rutlandcycling.com/106305/products/orange-diva-2013-ladies-hardtail-mountain-bike.aspx">http://www.rutlandcycling.com/106305/pr ... -bike.aspx</a><!-- m --> because of a colour. My expertise in bikes is also limited. So the questions is this bike worth the money or should we keep looking around?

Thank you.
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#2
It seems the bike above is gone. At least at the price I asked the question. Oh well..
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#3
It was a nice colour though  ;D
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#4
I've been helping a mate look for a similar kind of spec/price bike for a mate - boys albeit.

Everytime he sees something in a shop or on a site over hear they just do not compare with the Canyon's value for money. Check out their Hardtails. I had convinced my mate to go with the top spec Yellowstone but he doesn't want to wait 6 weeks for it.

It seems a lot of the 2013 bikes are gone now too!
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#5
Hello Tomas. My wife rides and the diva was one of the bike she looked at at one point and yes it was the colour that she liked(I confess to being a magpie to though and just as bad). First thing I'd say is work out if she is better getting a ladies bike or men's. How tall is your wife? Womens bikes are generally built around someone under 5.6ft with long legs and a short body. But my wife is 5'7 and evenly proportioned legs. Which meant the fit of the bike going for the men's worked better for her. Other thing to consider is you never get as good a spec on the bike with the women's versions.
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#6
Oh, so I see there are experts around. And experts with wife. Or general knowledge of women needs from bike. Very well.

We are currently looking at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube-access-wls-race-ladies-hardtail-bike-2013/rp-prod111913">http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube ... prod111913</a><!-- m -->
any comments why we should consider any other would be very appreciated. Budget up to 899 pounds.

Was told that this one is even with better components than Diva (not the colour according to wife). Anyway, with our MTB experience being near 0, we just expect decent bike for family rides in the woods, trails. She's 165cm tall (5ft5in - according to google), I would say with evenly proportional legs.

Thank you!
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#7
Another one on the plate based from the experts recommendation: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/bike.html?b=3327#">https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... ml?b=3327#</a><!-- m -->
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&quot;Tomas_LT&quot; Wrote:Another one on the plate based from the experts recommendation: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/bike.html?b=3327#">https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... ml?b=3327#</a><!-- m -->

I was getting around to linking that! But it does have a waiting list up till about May.

But you'll have a near 12kg bike! Spec is better than the Cube, which does indeed look better than the original Orange posted.
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#9
Or there is the Womens specific Canyon 29er HT...

<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/bike.html?b=3207">https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... tml?b=3207</a><!-- m -->

Geometry could be a bit more race orientated than the Yellowstone which seems to be pitched as a better everyday bike?  Undecided
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#10
Hello Tomas, not to put a spanner in the works here, but is a 29" wheel right for your wife? I'm 175cm (5'9") and having rode a couple of 29ers found them a bit weird, as though I'm perched on top of something, a randy camel maybe. They definitely make sense for the taller rider, Sketchy's Blackers swears by his and he looks like a giraffe in a hall of mirrors but your wife sounds like she's a more normal size.

I'm a bit picky about bike sizing though and favour smaller frames. Good luck in your hunt.
Keep it foolish...
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