JAC wrote:You've dismissed the Specialized Ruby (which many would be consider a very nice bike) as "unsuitable" without giving any explanation, so it's a bit hard to suggest what would suit you better. The standard advice is always "try lots", and figure out what works for you.
osmund wrote:True, but I really can't be bothered trying lots of road bikes. It took me about 3 months of trying 'lots' of mountain bikes to end up with a great mtb, but I just don't want to go through that again as I won't be investing as much money into my new road bike (about $2K). So I am hoping some people on here might be able to give me some insight into what brands/models might be best to try out (and hopefully save me a little bit of time).
So I test road the Ruby well over a year ago so from memory the Ruby felt too large (at 51cm) and while I thought it was awesome to ride, I just didn't feel right. But honestly I can't remember exactly what I didn't like about it.
Because it looks great (change the bar tape and saddle)
Sette Budini wrote:Beware, some models will have an identical frame with a different paint job (pinker) and lower specced running gear, narrower bars and wider saddle and call that women's specific.
Note: I'm specifically a woman but have no women's specific anything (except one "me" specific bike) as they inevitably are lower specced and look too pretty and resell value is hopeless as blokes won't buy girly looking second hand bikes...
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