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Oversized tube profiles and Cube‘s own C:62 carbon mean this is a bike designed to feel fast, but there’s still enough flex in the rear and carbon forks to dampen out buzz. However, whilst manufacturers have to make their decisions based on what they feel will suit the ‘average rider’, remember that when buying a bike you’re an individual.

The geo has been designed to combine comfort with agile handling, and is described as ‘Aero Endurance’. All you need to do is choose a bike for you – so test riding women’s specific and unisex bikes will probably give you your answer.

Crank length is a debate on its own – but as a rule reducing the length of the crank allows smaller riders to get the most from each pedal stroke.

In the case of a very small frame, the cranks also need to be reduced in size to prevent toe overlap with the front wheel.

In an ideal world, the brand will scale down other elements of the geometry and aspects such as fork angle will change too.

Saddle: Women frequently report saddle discomfort putting them off cycling.

The reasons for this vary – some brands say their research suggests women have a shorter wingspan (arms), meaning a shorter reach is ideal, others suggest women’s lower upper body mass and centre of gravity make this a more suitable option, whilst some explain that women position their pelvis differently to avoid soft tissue compression.

Some say the reason is that their focus groups and studies suggest many women want to ride in a more upright position.

Sizes: A unisex frame, with female components, marketed as the women’s version will usually be available in smaller sizes.Gearing: If we’re comparing Joe Bloggs and Lizzie Deignan – it’s not realistic to say that the female rider will produce less power.But if we’re comparing Joe Bloggs and Joanna Bloggs, it’s an understandable assumption.There are two clear approaches that brands take: Some brands build a frame to be completely women’s specific.This is often represented in a shorter top tube, and taller head tube. Many women’s bikes also feature a slacker head angle and longer rake – which does tend to position the bike closer to that of a unisex endurance bike.

Shifters are often ready wound in to suit smaller hands (though you can do this for free at home on Shimano or SRAM shifters).

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