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July 20, 2018, 9:53 a.m. -  Andrew Major

@Garrett When bike brand's first started down the road of shrink-and-pink they were putting WTB Deva saddles on everything. The problem is that for women - in my experience - the Deva is one of the most polarizing saddles on the market. Either it's awesome or it's abusive.  So, we ended up with a lot of them in the $5 take-off saddle bin at the shop I worked at (about 1/2 of bikes that came with them went out with something else). I needed a saddle one day when I was running very light on cash so I gave one a try and the rest is history. Love the Deva.  . My other "Women's Specific" life hack is for anyone looking for a really good full suspension bike for the minimal $$$$ input for their teenager. The XS or Small Specialized Safire from 2011+ (horizontal shock mount) comes in really 'non-girly' colourways and is a 140mm fork and a shock tune away from holding it's own against current 120-140mm bikes.  Tapered headtube, thread in BB, really nice frame hardware, easy to swap frame pivot bearings, and it pedals really well with smaller chainrings so it's a prime candidate for a 1x conversion with a 22t-28t ring up front an a 11-42 or 11-46t cassette out back.

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