Specialized has been creating dedicated women’s bikes for some time, but their mountain bike lineup has been missing a full suspension 29er model. Now the ladies have a big wheeled version of the Safire.
The new Rumor is a complete redesign based on modern “trail” bike characteristics, except made specifically for women. Everything from the frame shape and size to the suspension kinematics are all dialed just for the female form. Most of Specialized’s women’s product managers are around five feet tall, and (trust me) they’re a very passionate bunch of cyclists. So, this new bike was made for them and likely fills a void they’ve all been pretty sore about.
The basics: New hydroformed M5 alloy frame with 110mm rear travel, two build options and all women’s specific BG cockpit parts. Spec is good on both, including Fox CTD suspension (on the Expert), 142×12 rear axle, direct-mount clutch rear derailleurs, bash rings and other modern touches you’d expect from a good bike.
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The Rumor Expert comes in at $4,200 and gets Fox CTD fork and shock, both set up for 110mm travel, Roval Control wheels, Formula T1 brakes and SRAM X7/X9/X0 drivetrain with custom carbon cranks. Cockpit is full Specialized, including a Command Post Blacklite dropper post. No fooling around here, this is a trail ready rig.
The Rumor Comp drops down to $2,900 for the same frame spec’d with Rockshox Monarch RL/Reba RL suspension (also at 110mm), Avid Elixir 5 brakes and a SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain mix.
The suspension is similar to the rest of their line, shown overlaid with a Camber (red) on the right. Chainstay length is a reasonable 449.5mm (17.7″), which should provide a good balance of nimble handling and stability. Standover height ranges from 707.3mm (27.84″) to 711mm (28″) depending on size – S, M and L are available.