Choosing first womens mountain bike(6 Posts)
I really wouldn't buy a first bike online without trying it first, you could regret it so much if the size is a bit off and it's uncomfortable to ride. Been there, done that
I have a Liv cross bike, which I love. If you find it comfy and the price is good for you, I'd say you can't go wrong really. Maybe try a few others just to compare? The specs on it are good.
I have a giant liv road bike that I love, cost about £1000 but worth every penny. If their MTB is as good then it will be great!
MTB wise I have an orange diva frame which I kitted out with high spec components. It is a brilliant bike, fits me perfectly and I love it to bits.
I personally wouldn't buy a bike without actually trying it out first. When I went to get my road bike the one I liked the look of didn't actually fit me as a person even though it was apparently the same size as the giant bike. The saddle wasn't quite right, the stem (to hold the handlebars to the forks) wasn't quite right etc.
In general I recommend you go for the bike with the best frame that you can afford, as you can then upgrade the components (e.g. to make them lighter) if you want to at a later date. Whereas if you don't have a good frame then you would have to buy a completely new bike if that makes sense.
With a quick look at the two bike specs I think the quality of components on the Liv are slightly better than on the Wildcat - e.g. they have shimano deore derailleurs whereas the wildcat are altus. The Liv has shimano brakes whereas the wildcat are tektro.
Try a few sizes and try to think what the reach will be like after you've been cycling for a time, if you're straining just a little it'll hurt after a while..
Some bike shops are better than others, a small local bike shop will generally have more experience in fitting than people in say, Halfords. Never buy a bike from Halfords or let them service one for you!
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