Until I rode Moxie around, I didn't realize that my neighbor's bike I had been borrowing was a men's 17.5" bike. I bought a 17" women's bike. Here's the differences between a men's and women's bike.
- Dropped top tube - lower stand over height
- Reach to the front end is shorter
- Handle bars are narrower (for narrower shoulders)
- Smaller grips (smaller hands)
- Women's sized shocks (require less force to activate)
In short, she's a whole helluva lot easier for me to handle. And since she was on sale, I actually bought up a model and got an extra gear, hydraulic disc breaks, and a lighter aluminum body compared to the Myka Disc Sport. I am a true believer in the benefits of a women's bike. I could go on and on, but I'll spare you. John and I went up to Smithville to ride this weekend and I had a blast. I can't wait to get back out on the trails!