Specialized Rhyme Expert Carbon 27.5/6Fattie

Specialized Rhyme Expert Carbon 27.5 6 Fattie Womens Mountain Bike

The Specialized Stumpjumper is a classic, time-honored mountain bike that Specialized has produced since 1981. Currently, Specialized offers no less than 16 models of the Stumpjumper with various wheel sizes, frame types, and component builds. Through decades of evolution, the Stumpjumper continues to be a definitive choice in trail bikes, and the women’s version of the Stumpjumper, the Specialized Rhyme, is no exception. While the Rhyme women’s mountain bike line consists of just three models, the Specialized Rhyme Expert Carbon 27.5/6Fattie is Specialized’s top-of-the-line women’s trail bike. With 2.8″-wide tires and 150mm of front travel provided by a Fox 34 fork, it’s pretty much unstoppable on the trails. If you’re not in need of an XS frame, many women have also enjoyed the standard Specialized Stumpjumper.

Key Specs:

  • Category: Trail/Enduro
  • Travel: 150mm front /150mm rear
  • Wheel Size: 27.5+
  • Smallest Frame Size: XS (4’10” – 5’2″)
  • Standover: 28.5″ (724mm)
  • Reach: 14.5″ (369mm)
  • Frame Material: Carbon fiber
  • Price: $4,400

Key Components:

  • Fork: Fox 34 Performance
  • Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3, Women’s Rx Tune
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R
  • Seatpost: Specialized Command Post IRcc
  • Wheelset: Roval Traverse Carbon 27.5
  • Saddle: Specialized Women’s Body Geometry Myth Expert
# 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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