hardtails

Hard Tail mountain bikes - those with suspension up the front, but not on the rear - provide riders with awesome bang for their buck. Manufacturers don't need to pay for rear suspension, so their cash can go on upgraded components and better quality materials.

Buyers’ Guide: Hardtail versus full suspension mountain bikes

Hard tails are more mechanically simple, making them a perfect option for beginners, and they're lighter - so they are often favoured by racers who want to give themselves every chance of being the first over the hill.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of entry level hard tail mountain bikes for women looking to spend under £1,000, but if you're looking for a higher end model, choice is more limited.

This said, the brands making quality, female specific, hard tail mountain bikes know how to make a good bike - we found 6 of the best....

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A 27.5 inch wheeled hardtail that exudes the confidence of Orange bikes, with subtly adapted female geometry, the Orange Diva has been a firm favourite since its unveiling in 2010.

This aluminium frame has a slightly slackened head tube and steeper seat angle, to prevent women from being stretched out on the bike, centering the rider and providing more confident handling.

Shimano Deore Shifters, double crankset and SLX Shadow+ groupset come alongside Shimano M445 brakes.

RRP: £1,050

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This quality aluminium frame, with butted and hydroformed tubing, and tapered head tube features interval cable routing and a press fit bottom bracket.

The Trek Cali SLX has 27.5, or 29" wheels, designed to best fit the frame size you opt for - 13.5 to 15.5 frames have 27.5 wheels and 17.5 and 18.5 sizes come with 29ers.

The fork is a RockShox Reba RL with Motion Control remote lockout and 100mm travel, whilst the groupset features Shimano Deore derailleurs and shifters, with MM47 hydraulic disc brakes.

RRP: £1,200

cube access

The Cube Access WLS GTC Pro is a high performance carbon hardtail that’s made to be ridden hard and fast.

The Twin Mould carbon frame features oversized cross sections, a tapered head tube and press fit bottom bracket, with a short and steep sloping top tube that makes for swift and agile handling and internal cable routing.

The frame is dressed with Shimano Deore Hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano SLX shifters and XT derailleurs, plus SR Suntour Raidon XC suspension forks.

The 13.5 inch – 16 inch frame features 27.5 inch wheels, whilst frames from 17-19 inches have 29 inch wheels.

RRP: £1,299

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The Specialized Jett LTD is an aluminum XC trail bike that provides the speed and confidence of 29" wheels.

Shimano hydraulic discs combine with RockShox Reba 29 fork, custom SRAM double chainset, Deore shifters, and the addition of an XT Shadow Plus 10 speed rear derailleur with Clutch technology for precise shifting on the 11-36 cassette.

Jett by name, jet black by nature, this beauty has an understated design and promises well-researched female specific geometry.

RRP: £1,400

nevis

Juliana Bicycles create mountain bikes designed to ensure women have the equipment that they need to shred the trails.

The Nevis hardtail is available in two grades - a £1,649 version and a higher specced model at £1,899.

The frame is available in XS, S and M, fitting women from 4ft8 upwards with a lightweight bike that features inter-changeable dropouts for single speed compatibility.

Deore shifters and cranks sit alongside Recon Gold TK 100 fork, SLX derailleur and SRAM DB1 XC brakes on the entry level model. One step up, the next rung on the ladder features Deore brakes and an XT rear derailleur.

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Made from Giant's own Advanced-Grade Carbon Composite the Liv Obsess Advanced is an elite-level XC race bike that's been purposefully designed to fit its 27.5 wheels.

The light and agile frame is the bike of choice for two-time world champion, Jolanda Neff, and it carries a PowerCore bottom bracket to make sure every pedal stroke is effective, whilst internal cable routing keeps everything clean.

A Shimano XT, Shadow+ rear derailleur supports SLX shifters while brake levers and discs are both SLX.

RRP: £1,999

If you're heading out to do your bike shopping, take a look at this guide on how to get the best mountain bike for your money, first!