As part of our mega guide to the best bikes on the market, we help answer the question of whether female riders need to buy a women's specific machine.
For Ultimate comfort: Trek Domane Women’s ALR 4 Disc
If it’s comfort you’re after, Trek’s Domane Women’s ALR features Trek’s innovative ‘IsoSpeed decoupler’, which allows the seat tube to flex with the forces of the road, while maintaining the same power transfer and handling of a traditional frame. The Domane’s aluminium frame is tuned to women, and the bike sports a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed group set.
For a reliable all-rounder: Merida Scultura Disc 400 Juliet
If you’ve got a budget but you’re after a well-specced women’s-specific bike with the added stopping reliability of disc brakes, the Merida Scultura Disc 400 Juliet fits the bill. With a Shimano 105 drive train and hydraulic discs, alloy frame, carbon fork, 12x142 through axle, and weighing in at a totally acceptable 8.95kg, this little bike has a lot to offer.