For the past month the women behind Bike Shop Girl have been test riding the 2011 Specialized Myka Expert 29er. Getting our own first hand impressions of how Specialized does women’s 29ers. Along the way this has also allowed us to try out the Specialized 29er tires, Specialized Riva saddle and Rock Shox “Specialized Womens Tuned” fork.
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When the Specialized carbon fiber 29er, the Fate, was released there was talk about the Jett. An aluminum version of the sporty carbon hardtail. Now there is details to share!
Highend Aluminum Women’s Racing in 26″ or 29″
The new Specialized Jett comes in two models, Comp or Comp 29″. Exact same “mid-level” build on both, only difference is wheel and tire size. I really wish that the build was a step up on parts. 9-speed with Alivio cranks (SLX rear derailleur and hydraulic brakes..) doesn’t seem to fit the need of an aggressive rider. Full SLX or XT would have been a better fit for in my mind.
Details to Note
- 80mm of travel on both models
- Frame size specific spec. This means a smaller frame will have shorter cranks, smaller brake rotors and narrower handlebars.
- M4 aluminum, 2nd from the top level of aluminum that Specialized has to offer
- Lock out and adjustable rebound on a coil sprung fork
- Super low stand over (still waiting on geometry to confirm) and short front end to fix the 29er downfalls.
The Myka XC Mountain bike line from Specialized is their “XC recreational” series. This is your goto series for most women that aren’t looking for an aggressive stance mountain bike.
2012 Myka Hardtail Lineup
There are 7 bikes in the 2012 Myka hardtail line most of which come in a 26″ or 29″ version other than the base level.
2012 Myka HT
The entry level in the lineup. 26″ wheels, 24 speeds, basic front suspension and a good beginner bike if you aren’t sure you want to give mountain biking a try. Will double well as a recreational hybrid or around the town with the kids.
2012 Myka Disc 26″ & 29″
Same line up as the HT, but with disc brakes for better stopping in all conditions. The 29er version is the most affordable option for women’s 29ers!
26″ wheels, 24 speeds but an upgrade on model of disc brakes (move to Avid BB5) and the fork has a lock out.
2012 Myka Elite Disc 26″ & 29″
The elite models are Specialized steps up to 27 speeds instead of the 24.
2012 Myka FSR – A full suspension bike for women
100mm full suspension custom bike tuned for women.
2012 Specialized Myka FSR Comp
2012 Specialized Myka FSR Elite
Upgraded front fork, Avid hydraulic brakes, nicer drive train and stronger/lighter wheels. I also prefer the colors!