Liv Hail Advanced 1

Liv Hail Advanced 1 Womens Mountain Bike

The Liv Hail Advanced 1 is a long-travel women’s mountain bike that is easily capable of both trail and enduro mountain biking. The Hail Advanced 1’s 160mm of travel can take on those big, technical descents while the dual position 130mm/160mm front suspension is handy for saving energy on the climbs. Typical to Liv’s women’s-specific bike design, you’ll find touchpoints catered to women as well as an impressive component package that includes a Fox 36 fork, 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, and DT Swiss Enduro wheelset. For an extra $3,000 (almost), the Liv Hail Advanced 0 offers a drivetrain upgrade to SRAM X01 plus a RockShox Lyric RCT3 fork and RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RT Remote shock.

Key Specs:

  • Category: Enduro
  • Travel: 160mm front/160mm rear
  • Wheel Size: 27.5″
  • Smallest Frame Size: XS (4’10” – 5’5″)
  • Standover: 28″ (710mm)
  • Reach: 15.9″ (404mm)
  • Frame Material: Carbon fiber
  • Price: $5,510

Key Components:

  • Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite
  • Shock: Fox Float DP X2 Performance
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RS
  • Seatpost: Giant Contact S Switch Dropper Post
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss E1700 Spline Two
  • Saddle: Liv Contact SL Upright
# 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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