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7 Hottest Women’s 2016 Mountain Bikes for over £2000

Here's some of the most drool worthy new mountain bikes for 2016

If you’re looking to treat yourself this year to a new set of mountain wheels, then here’s our top 2016 women’s specific MTB’s for over £2000.

Each year the bike gods descend upon our cycling stores with their annual offerings of improved spec’s, colourful designs and innovative new bike tech… and 2016 is no exception.

We’re starting our 2016 bike market round up at the upper end of the price scale, with the beautiful shiny bikes on offer for over £2000. It’s a lot of money at first glance, but the amount of bike you get for your buck begins to justify this price tag. Carbon frames, top Shimano or SRAM group-sets, and that all important life-saving dropper post are features you can expect when you’re spending this amount.

For most of us, riding is far more than just a hobby, it’s a relief and a passion. So why not push the boat out on a bike that will withstand the test of time, AND provide miles of smiles? Take a look at these beautiful mountain bikes…

Juliana Nevis – From £2399

juliana nevis

Juliana bikes are arguably the best for women’s specific bikes, taking into consideration the needs and wants of female MTB riders. Partnered with the legendary company, Santa Cruz, Juliana Bicycles have expert guidance from former world champion, and hall of fame resident, Juli Furtado.

First on our list is the Juliana Nevis hard-tail, a personal favourite of mine. A full carbon frame, this bike looks stylish and stealth with its all black design. Equipped with a brilliant spec, you have 6 different build options to choose from, ranging in price from £2399 – £4788.

All build options come with 100m travel on either Fox or RockShox forks, and varying grades of Shimano or SRAM group-set. This bike is simple and elegant in design, lightweight and versatile, so it’s really perfect for those long days in the saddle.

Giant Liv Intrigue 1 – £2199

Giant Liv Intrigue 1

From the largest bike manufacture, Giant, comes Liv. A women’s specific initiative with products designed specifically with the female rider in mind.

The new Giant Liv Intrigue 1 certainly caught our attention with its sleek curves and subtle pink highlights. For £2199, this aluminium frame comes with some quality components such as Fox Float 34 Forks with 140mm travel, Shimano group-set with a combination of a Deore drive-train and a M615 brake system.

Back in 2006, Giant released “Overdrive” technology which consisted of a tapered head-tube for more precision handling. The new Intrigue encompasses Overdrive 2 with oversized headset bearings that are offset by the tapered head-tube, allowing for better handling and smoother steering.

If you fancy something a little less aggressive, there’s the 2016 Giant Liv Lust (£2099) with 100mm travel also available.

Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp Carbon – £3000

Specialized Rhyme

It’s great to see a large brand such as Specialized finally catching up with the growing female MTB market. Recently we’ve seen major improvements to the availability of kit, bikes and exposure from Specialized and 2016 looks to be carrying that momentum forward.

The new Specialized Rhyme FSR comes with 6 varying build options, but we like the FSR Comp Carbon version which boasts Rock Shox Revelation forks with 150mm travel. The Rhyme is equipped with a Shimano Deore brake system, and a Shimano/SRAM drive-train combo. Along with a dropper post, this is all mounted upon a partial carbon frame, I say partial as the rear triangle is made from an alloy composite.

This bike is brilliant off the bat, but over time you may wish to upgrade the brake system to an SLX or XT set, and streamline the gearing to a 1 by system for weight reduction and riding style.

For a £3k price tag, I would have expected a little more of a higher spec quality, but I think this is offset by the carbon frame, and the brand name.

Scott Contessa Spark – £2399

Scott Contessa Spark

This bike certainly does spark our interest. Coming out of the Swiss born, Scott Sport’s production, the Scott Contessa Spark is eye catching in colour and in design.

Here you get an alloy frame housing a high-end Shimano XT group-set, combined with a Shimano brake system. Fox 32 forks allows for 120mm of travel in the front, with a Fox Nude shock in the rear. All this finished in a colourful magenta and teal decals, and weighing just 12.2Kg, puts the Scott Contessa Spark in the running for being the best value women’s specific MTB.

The Scott Contessa Spark is great value for money, stylish and more than capable of shredding up the trails… and anything else that gets in its way!

Cube Sting WLS 140 – £2299

Cube Sting WLS

Mountain Bike athlete, Lisa Breckner, joined the Cube action team last year and has since been making waves in the production and development of their Women Like Series (WLS) range of bikes. The enduro rider has had a lot of experience growing up in the biking industry, and has had a major influence with the way Cube caters to female riders.

The Sting WLS is Cube’s first MTB from their WLS range with its striking coral colour and aesthetically pleasing geometry. Not only is it attractive to drool over, but it’s kitted out with a full Shimano XT group-set, Fox Float 34 forks with 150mm travel, carbon handlebars, 2×11 drive-train and a dropper post.

It’s got everything the female mountain biker could need. The only future adjustments you might want to make is to convert to a tubeless tyre system, and a 1 by drive-train, otherwise it’s a pretty brilliant bike for the £2299 price tag.

Trek Remedy 8 Women’s – £2500

Trek Remedy 2016

American born brand, Trek, are a market leader in the industry, on and off the road. With legendary riders such as Tracy Moseley, Trek has done well to cater to women and nurture our development in the MTB scene. Not to mention the recent addition to the Trek family, Rachel Atherton and her brothers begin their partnership this season. Very exciting times!

The 2016 Trek Remedy 8 is a women’s specific full suspension bike developed by the experienced engineers at Trek. The cool mint and purple coloured aluminium frame is coupled with a pair of the highly acclaimed RockShox Pike RC forks that provide 140mm of smooth travel. A SRAM GX1 gear system is on board, with a Shimano Deore brake group that makes for a great combination for both performance and efficiency.

Juliana Furtado – From £3099

Juliana Furtado

Another one from Juliana Bicycles is the full-suspension Furtado as reviewed by us before Christmas. This bike lives up to its name for being Queen of the Mountain. The beautiful carbon spearmint frame is equipped with 130mm of travel from the RockShox Pike, a SRAM 1x 11 drive-train and Shimano SLX brakes.

This bike is a fun all mountain companion, guaranteed to have you climbing and descending with a smile on your face.

There’s our top choices for 2016’s high-end women’s specific mountain bikes, in all their alluring beauty.

If you have the budget for it, don’t forget to check out the male models as well, because the “pink n’ shrink” system doesn’t work for everyone. Also take a look at the direct-buy companies, such as Canyon and YT Industries for more cost effective buying.

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