Off-road riding options for shorter riders

pkchari

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USA
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Redmond, WA
In that respect, do you suppose that conversion or upgrading a more "city" e-bike (that we already own, btw) would be a reasonable option? In theory, swapping bars, fork, and tires would be sufficient to at least be usable, but I question how stable that will be on trails with its more city-hybrid geometry. Given that the trail-riding isn't going to be anything more severe than you'd put a stock Walmart bike through, it might still be okay?
 

PDoz

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In that respect, do you suppose that conversion or upgrading a more "city" e-bike (that we already own, btw) would be a reasonable option? In theory, swapping bars, fork, and tires would be sufficient to at least be usable, but I question how stable that will be on trails with its more city-hybrid geometry. Given that the trail-riding isn't going to be anything more severe than you'd put a stock Walmart bike through, it might still be okay?

My wife has an old mountain bike and a modern " city" step through. ( norco scene) . I swap wheels / tyres between them depending on what we intend to do. I'm impressed by just how capable that norco is. The limiting factor is bottom bracket height - so pedal strikes can be an issue in rocky terrain. 28DDE387-A7A4-4E8B-B494-A647A30FA05A.jpeg
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These photos were taken riding bike trails at a ski resort. She mostly rode " easy" trails, but that included a 1 km section with 100 m descent over both rock and mud. That's a maxis dhf tyre on the front - worth every cent when she hit a section of mud on the wrong side of silly speed!
 

FlatSix911

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USA
City
Silicon Valley
My wife has an old mountain bike and a modern " city" step through. ( norco scene) . I swap wheels / tyres between them depending on what we intend to do. I'm impressed by just how capable that norco is. The limiting factor is bottom bracket height - so pedal strikes can be an issue in rocky terrain.View attachment 79502
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These photos were taken riding bike trails at a ski resort. She mostly rode " easy" trails, but that included a 1 km section with 100 m descent over both rock and mud. That's a maxis dhf tyre on the front - worth every cent when she hit a section of mud on the wrong side of silly speed!
I am impressed with her step-thru riding on that terrain... which one of these is not like the others? 😉

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PDoz

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I am impressed with her step-thru riding on that terrain... which one of these is not like the others? 😉
It's a norco...canadians just can't help slipping abit of mtb dna into their bikes.

27.5 wheels , raked out steering, disc brakes, and black. If you squint and cry at the same time....nup, still a road bike with a dhf upfront.

But in answer to your question - the grey scott is the odd one out. The other two are black norcos on 27.5 wheels