As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!
Chrome- A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.
Swrve- very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?
Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.
Zoic- Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.
Shebeest- A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.
While the growth of available product for women in the bicycling industry is evident there are two key area’s lacking, high end mountain and road product. It takes a bold company, with a strong belief in women, to invest in product with a high price tag for women. Cannondale is doing it with their SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD. Available in SRAM Red, Shimano Dura AceandUltegra Di2. I recently took delivery of the Shimano Dura Ace model and will be putting it through some abuse to see if the $6600 road bike is for you.
This past Monday USA Cycling introduced a new team category for the NRC (National Racing Calendar.)
Domestic Elite Squads
Unlike Continental registration, Domestic Elite squads will have no age requirements placed on their rosters, but will require80 percent of the riders to be U.S. citizens. Foreign teams can compete for the NRC teams classification, but must pay the registration fee. “One restriction we are putting on it is nationality,” said Rice. “The idea is that this is really a domestic elite roster for United States riders. If foreign teams want to come in and compete, if they’re UCI, they obviously can do that … but if it’s a foreign team they’ll have to pay the $250.” – Velonews.com
My two cents on the matter is that we are encouraging more people from the US to be on this Domestic Elite Squads, to pay the extra $250 and it seems we are trying to either discourage, or USAC is trying to make more cash from the visiting teams from other countries.
Where the Women Fit In
While riders earn paychecks, the top U.S. women’s teams, like PB & Co. and Webcor Builders, have been recognized officially as elite amateur programs by the UCI and USA Cycling. The new registration designation won’t change that, but Rice did hope it would add even more organization to women’s domestic racing.
“I think that providing more structure is better,” said Rice, who ran the Aaron’s team for three years. “If these women are getting paid even a small amount of money to travel and race their bikes, they’re a pro athlete in my mind. Whether that meets the UCI designation is another issue.”-Velonews.com
I read fluff. That’s my humble opinion. Most women are elite amateur’s due to the lack of funds for living the life as a pro-cyclist. Teams such as Team Vera Bradley and PB & Co.
I’ve reached out to a few of my friends that are “domestic elite” or “elite amateur” racers. We’ll hear first hand their feelings on this new team structure.
Updated geometry (I’ll personally be looking hard into this as the Raleigh women’s bikes have always fit me out of the box perfectly, hopefully it’s made better!)
All Capri models are lighter
All Aluminum and Carbon frames feature upgrades seat stays, top and down tubes, and increased stiffness
Wheels have been upgraded to be stiffer and lighter
New sizing system (will be in a post of itself and linked here when posted)
2014 Raleigh Capri Carbon 4 MSRP: $3,800
Spec: Shimano Ultegra Di2 11 speed w/ FSA SL-K compact crank Weight: 16.3 lbs for 52cm Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm Thoughts: Keeping the Di2 as their top tier model, this bike comes with better drivetrain (electronic) and a lighter crank.
2014 Raleigh Capri Carbon 3 MSRP: $2,700
Spec: Shimano Ultegra 11 speed w/ FSA Team Issue crank Weight: 16.2 lbs for 52cm Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm Thoughts: Putting two models so close together in weight and spec, but betting that a woman will want to pay $1k more for electronic shifting is an interesting move for Raleigh USA. They are either selling a lot of women’s bikes or have had a lot of request from dealers/consumers to have these two options. I would be interested to see at the end of the model year which sells more!
2014 Raleigh Capri Carbon 2 MSRP: $2,200
Spec: Shimano 105 10 speed with FSA Energy Compact crank Weight: 18.4 lbs for 52cm Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm Thoughts: I’m not sold on the color, but right above $2k for carbon and a workhorse of a drivetrain this bike will sell on shop floors. Especially to the women that are tired of having a “girly looking bike.”
2014 Raleigh Capri Carbon 1 MSRP: $1,750
Spec: Shimano Tiagra 10 speed with FSA Gossamer Compact crank Weight: 19 lbs for 52cm Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm Thoughts: This is one of the models I was hoping to see a 46cm in for shorter women that want a carbon frame. Yet, a 10 speed equipped carbon bike under $1,800 is a welcomed package.
Learn more and find your local dealer to test ride over at Raleigh USA
3-4 years ago Trek launched a women’s aluminum road bike model line up called “Lexa“. Since, the Lexa has become a widely popular road bike in the US as Trek has offered many different model levels and a variety of colors to appeal to any woman. Additionally, the WSD fit of these bikes is a hit with women of many proportions. I’ve had the opportunity to test ride many Lexas and finally was able to snag an SLX model for a long term review to see how it really will last for women looking to invest in a new road bike.
Slowly, very slowly, women are getting the nod for doing things in the cycling sport. This time a great movie (trailer is below) celebrating gravity mountain bikers and what women can do in the sport.
Awesome Land: Women Of Dirt is a unique look into the world of Downhill Racing, Dirt Jumping and Freeriding. This film looks through the eyes of the wondrous women that have helped grow the sport of Gravity Mountain Biking with their strength and courage. Other mountain bike films have overlooked these vibrant and dedicated women, but no longer!
While I’m only half way through the review of a Liv/Giant Anthem X 29er, Liv/Giant rocks us all back on our heels with the news they will only be doing 27.5″ wheels on their mountain bikes starting in 2014. Over the next week I’ll be featuring all the new models, spec and pricing. Make sure to follow the search term “Liv/giant 2014” over the next week.
What makes for a great mountain bike? I believe it’s a mix of the right fit so you are comfortable, the right balance so you can climb and descend with confidence and has to be down right sexy. The new line from Liv/giant tagged “Lust” may fit all three of those things out of the box. 27.5″ wheels, both carbon and aluminum models and geometry that on paper should fit many women well.
2014 Liv/giant Lust Advanced 0 MSRP $8,050
Sizes: XS, S, M, L Spec: 4″ of suspension, RockShox SID XX fork, SRAM XX1 drivetrain Thoughts: This will be a “dream bike” for many women. The best of the best is on every part of this bike and I would be interested to see what a medium weighs out to. Maybe 24 lbs with some hardware swaps?
2014 Liv/giant Lust Advanced 2 MSRP $3,400
Sizes: XS, S, M, L Spec: 4″ of suspension, Fox 32 Float CTD fork, Shimano SLX & XT drivetrain Thoughts: A more reasonable price tag, YET with a very well spec’d out parts package. This is the model I would have my eye on in this line up!
2014 Liv/giant Lust 1 MSRP $3,200
Sizes: XS, S, M, L Spec: 4″ of suspension, RockShox SID RL fork, SRAM XO/X9 shifting, with GRIP SHIFT!! Thoughts: With a more reasonable price tag, YET a very well spec’d out parts package this would be the bike my eye is drawn to.
2014 Liv/giant Lust 2 MSRP $2,450
Sizes: XS, S, M, L Spec: 4″ of suspension, Fox 32 Float fork, Shimano Deore Thoughts: Does that photo of the Lust 2 have a purple rear triangle? Yes it does. With the parts and spec on this bike I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the top seller of the Liv/giant mountain bike models over $1,500. Personally, this is on the short list for my Emily’s next mountain bike!
A beautiful brown box with a huge Raleigh logo on the side showed up this past week for review. Inside, a 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 women’s cyclocross bike in for review. I previewed the line back in August and received a good amount of tweets and comments about the line. At $1,650 this bike could be a break through road/cross/commuter/do all women’s bike. Allowing more options and ways to get women on one well spec’d bike. I have high hopes, and the bike will be abused to see if they meet the hopes.
A little while ago I was interviewed by a freelance writer for a new startup magazine dedicated to women, Women’s Cycling Magazine. The writer wasn’t sure the article would be snagged but she loved Bike Shop Girl and wanted to try to put it under the editors eyes. Yesterday I noticed a tweet that I was featured on Women’s Cycling Magazine online!
WHEN: Wednesday May 4, 6:30p – 9:00p WHERE: WRC Showroom, Wheat Ridge, CO WHAT: A women’s-specific cycling tradeshow — over 35 vendors with all the latest in bikes, clothes, gear, events and more! WHO: You and all your cycling friends!
Refreshments, wine, light hors d’ouevres, and the famed Venus De Miles cupcakes. Expecting 350 / 400 Women . . . and booked 38 Vendors and Women’s Events for our Expo area. Plus Trek, Specialized, Orbea and Cervelo.Catered treats, two wine bars, a beer tasting by Avery Brewing, a dessert table and a chocolate bar. Plus raffles every thirty minutes for Vendor prizes!