Words by Flow | Images by Paris Gore/Specialized

The expanding lineup of women’s specific bikes at Specialized is testament to growth in demand, but there are few brands out there that offer women’s bikes and product on such a complete level as the crew from California.

For 2016 we will see an entirely new women’s trail bike, with 150mm of generous travel on 650b wheels – the Specialized Rhyme, which will come in both regular and 6Fattie (3-inch tyres) versions.

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While Specialized have been a leader in women’s bikes for a long time, a longer-travel bike was noticeably absent from the range. More aggressive riders were served well by the Rumor Evo (which we tested here) but if you wanted a little more travel, or didn’t want a 29er, you were out of luck. The Rhyme solves both of those issues, with a 650B wheel and 150mm travel.

Front to back – from the size specific components to the Women’s specific suspension tuned rear shock, the Rhyme is dialled.

Highlights of the new Rhyme:

 – 150mm travel front and back.

 – 650b wheels.

 – SWAT Door technology on carbon models, internal storage inside the downtube.

 – Exclusive Women’s Rx Trail Tune FOX rear shock. For lighter riding styles, the rear shock will use its full travel more often.

 – Narrower handlebars than men’s models.

 – Size specific components, smaller size Rhymes will use shorter crank arms, stem length, and travel in the adjustable seatposts. 

 – Women’s specific Specialized Myth saddle.

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SWAT Door storage space under the bottle cage, and a women’s specific rear shock tune.

For more details on the frame construction head over to our in-depth review of the 2016 Stumpjumper from Rotorua, up on Flow now.

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Leave the backpack at home, put what you need in here.

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The stunning Rhyme FSR Expert Carbon 650b

Stay tuned for more, as we plan a proper test on one of these, very soon! The Rhyme will be available July/August, in three spec levels with regular and 6Fattie version in each. At each equivalent spec level, the 6Fattie variant will set you back an extra $500.

  • Rhyme Comp 650 / 6Fattie: $3999 / $4499
  • Rhyme Comp Carbon 650 / 6Fattie : $5499 / $5999
  • Rhyme Expert Carbon 650 / 6Fattie: $7999 / $8499

 

 

 

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