Liv Pique 2

Liv Pique 2 Womens Mountain Bike

We’ve heard from numerous women in the Singletracks community that ride and love their Liv women’s mountain bikes. The Liv Pique 2 is a women’s XC/Trail bike with a nice, compact design and a good component package, making it a great value for any woman.

It’s common for some bike companies to equip the smallest frame sizes of their trail bikes with shorter travel options, down to 100mm. Not Liv. In the XS frame size of the Pique 2, Liv keeps the full 130mm of travel as the stock build so even the smallest shredders can take some big hits. Spec’d with the Fox 34 fork, a 1×11 drivetrain, Giant dropper post, and Liv women’s saddle for only $2,655 (2018 model), its no wonder the Liv Pique 2 is so popular with women mountain bikers.

Key Specs:

  • Category: XC/Trail
  • Travel: 130mm front /120mm rear
  • Wheel Size: 27.5″
  • Smallest Frame Size: XS (4’10” – 5’5″)
  • Standover: 26″ (661mm)
  • Reach: 14.7″ (374mm)
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Price: $2,655

Key Components:

  • Fork: Fox 34 Rhythm
  • Shock: Fox Float Performance
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX 1×11
  • Brakes: Shimano M6000
  • Seatpost: Giant Contact Switch Dropper
  • Wheelset: Giant XC-1
  • Saddle: Liv Contact Forward
# Comments

  • Leah Barber

    Hiya Rowdy_Burns, funny you should ask – I was actually concurrently working on a women’s budget mountain bike list when I was researching these bikes and I planned to include the Norco Charger – so defintely worth a test ride. If she doesn’t mind pushing a little extra weight, I’d try a 27.5+ hardtail like the Trek Roscoe 8 (1×11, 120mm Judy, dropper, and 2.8″ tires) or Diamondback Rely 2 27.5+ (similar build). Happy riding!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks Leah for the nice list. I’m taking notes for my daughters-in-law (or as we prefer to say daughters-in-love). My wife is also starting to make some comments of wanting to start riding. So that might mean three bike purchases in the coming year or so. As such, I may buy used to get them all started. It seems the older models of the Ibis Mojo (HD or otherwise) might be good for gals because of the shorter cockpit. Do you have any other favorites from over the years?

    • Leah Barber

      Hi mongwolf, im so happy to hear about all these women in your life getting into mountain biking! thats awesome! used bikes are a great (smart!) way to start, women’s specific bikes will probably be harder to find resale or on ebay though. ive always been a fan of santa cruz, though i did have to do some minor mods to get the reach right. while i have not ridden all the bikes on this list, ive never ridden a bike that has fit me “off the rack” better than my old trek wsd. hopefully you can help them get to some shops/demo days to try a few on for size, “just looking” at shops is part of the fun right? happy shopping!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks to tips Leah. I knew nothing about the Trek wsd. And I have always seemed to gravitate towards Santa Cruz bikes simply because they use a threaded BB. All the gals are fairly short 5’3 – 5’4″. Yes, hopefully, we can have some fun together shopping and test riding. I may try to make the purchases as gifts for birthdays and Christmas together.

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