Difference between men’s and women’s bike

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Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 6:09pm

I’m looking to get a new bike for approx £750 with my cycle to work voucher...am limited to Evans and decathlon and some smaller independents. I’m sick of nothing being available but may have found a suitable bike....one catch, it’s the women’s version. Is there much difference between the men’s and women’s version of the same model? I spoke to decathlon and they said the only difference is the handle bars, brake lever position and saddle. Is this true. Looking at triban RC520 disk road bike.

Thoughts appreciated please.

Thanks
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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Jdsk » 30 Jul 2020, 6:28pm


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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Cyril Haearn » 30 Jul 2020, 6:31pm

It might flex a bit more than a mans bike, but might be just as good

Is the demand for womens cycles less in relation to supply, one wonders

I should be inclined to try it
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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 6:39pm

Jdsk wrote:Frame sizes and crank lengths aren't the same on S, M, L etc:

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/womens-trib ... 75808.html
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-5 ... 54421.html

Jonathan

Thanks, but what does this mean in practise. Why would the frame size of the men’s be a better fit for me than a women’s if both bikes are aimed for a 175cm height body.


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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Jdsk » 30 Jul 2020, 6:39pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:It might flex a bit more than a mans bike, but might be just as good

Do the frames differ?

Jonathan

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 6:41pm

Jdsk wrote:Frame sizes and crank lengths aren't the same on S, M, L etc:

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/womens-trib ... 75808.html
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-5 ... 54421.html

Jonathan


Thanks, but what does this mean in practise. Why would the frame size of the men’s be a better fit for me than a women’s if both bikes are aimed for a 175cm height body.

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby ratherbeintobago » 30 Jul 2020, 6:42pm

Jdsk wrote:Do the frames differ?


I thought often the only difference was that one is pink/pastel and the other isn’t?

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Jdsk » 30 Jul 2020, 6:43pm

Mike_GMT80 wrote:Thanks, but what does this mean in practise. Why would the frame size of the men’s be a better fit for me than a women’s if both bikes are aimed for a 175cm height body.

I wouldn't assume that it would be better. Is there a frame size and crank length combination that suits you?

Jonathan

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby ratherbeintobago » 30 Jul 2020, 6:48pm

Mike_GMT80 wrote:Thanks, but what does this mean in practise. Why would the frame size of the men’s be a better fit for me than a women’s if both bikes are aimed for a 175cm height body.


Supposedly women have proportionally longer legs than men. However, there is variation between individuals.

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 7:00pm

Jdsk wrote:
Mike_GMT80 wrote:Thanks, but what does this mean in practise. Why would the frame size of the men’s be a better fit for me than a women’s if both bikes are aimed for a 175cm height body.

I wouldn't assume that it would be better. Is there a frame size and crank length combination that suits you?

Jonathan


I’m not assuming it will be better, just wondering why a women’s bike is better for women and a men’s bike better for men.

I’m 175cm tall so going for a M size frame. As for crank length, I’m new to cycling so have no basis for determining what suits me. I note M men’s version has a crank length of 172.5cm, versus 170cm for the women’s equivalent model. How will I feel this difference when riding. How will I know if the longer crank will suit me.

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Cyril Haearn » 30 Jul 2020, 7:02pm

2.5 mm difference, not significant
Not cm :wink:
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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 7:05pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:2.5 mm difference, not significant
Not cm :wink:


Of course mm, thanks!!

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 7:09pm

So being 175cm I am on the lower end of the Medium frame for the men’s bike. There is no size guide for the women’s version so safe to also go for medium too? If I were then frame And fork is the same on both men’s and women’s...difference then are crank, stem and handle bars are smaller and equivalent to the small men’s model. Given that I am just at the bottom of the medium size frame in terms of height the smaller crank, stem and handle bars might actually be ok?? Obviously the women’s seat is different too.

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Mike_GMT80 » 30 Jul 2020, 7:12pm

Also, why has this automatically been posted on the footer of my first post??

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Re: Difference between men’s and women’s bike

Postby Jdsk » 30 Jul 2020, 7:14pm

Mike_GMT80 wrote:As for crank length, I’m new to cycling so have no basis for determining what suits me. I note M men’s version has a crank length of 172.5cm, versus 170cm for the women’s equivalent model. How will I feel this difference when riding. How will I know if the longer crank will suit me.

There's enormous debate about crank lengths.

Do you have the opportunity to sit on this before you buy it?

Jonathan