In an ideal world, this section wouldn’t exist. Unfortunately, the approach by many manufacturers to women’s bikes and frames is a misconceived ‘shrink and pink’ attitude; they simply offer men’s frames in smaller sizes and adjust the paint-job.
This approach is as patronising as it is inappropriate. For example, some manufacturers use steeper seat angles on their women’s frames. In fact, they should be doing the opposite. Generally, women have longer femurs than men, in relation to torso length. As a result, they need a shallower seat-angle to improve the connection between the bottom bracket and pedal axles.
A bike-fitting session with Pearson is the same, regardless of how many ribs you have. Thankfully, things are changing elsewhere, too. As more women take up cycling and triathlons, they are less inclined to compromise on comfort and performance.
Many of the latest women’s bikes and products, such as saddles and handlebars, offer genuine ergonomic advantages. At Pearson, we take time and care to select the most appropriate components for the individual rider. No shrink, no pink.