I haven't on a bike for many years and am now thinking of getting one for myself. I'm 5'3" and I plan to ride a bike on a bike trail on weekends. After hours of searching, it came down to these two models. What would you recommend? Cannondale is specifically for women and Co-op has a mechanical disc brake. I live in Seattle area, so I think it's nice to have a disc brake, but Cannondale might fit better since it's built for women. Thanks in advance!
@eclipse as an avid cyclist myself there is no way that I can tell you which one you are going to like better. I have researched bikes for myself and have been surprised to see the one that felt best to me was not always the one that I thought it would be. At the end of the day you need to get on some and see which one feels the best to you. I think you have narrowed it down to a couple of solid choices. Safe riding out there!
That's so great to hear that you're hopping back on the bike! Both the Quick 7 and the Cty1.1 have some great features, like you identified. Have you already been able to go into the store to take both models on a test ride? Ultimately, I think you might be happy with either of these models, but it'll come down to which ones feels like the most comfortable riding position for you! When you get a chance, hop on these bikes to test ride, if they both feel similar to you after test riding them, then you can dive into feature differences. Happy riding!
Hi @eclipse !
I agree that trying the bike out for fit/feel is going to be your best bet. You’ve picked two bikes that are similar enough that fit and comfortable for you to ride will mean the difference between a bike that you’re excited to get out there or one that sits in your garage. Some women fit in women-sized bikes better, some women need a unisex fit.
On to the bikes, there are so many things that are really similar: weight, 24-gears, fender and rack compatible, price. You picked out one difference that might be helpful if riding in Seattle all-year round, disc brakes. There are some big hills in Seattle too so where you ride makes a difference too. When you test ride the bikes, give the brakes a try to compare if you have enough braking for the riding you’ll be doing.
Here is a really great article you can read up a little more on fit and disc brakes vs rim brakes. Scroll down a little ways in the article.
Also, let us know how the test ride goes and what you liked! I’d love to hear how it went!