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The 7 Best Women's Mountain Bikes of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | June 2, 2022

 

If you’re a female who likes to mountain bike, you’ve got two main options: Go with a women’s specific brand, and buy a bike designed and specced as a women's mountain bike, or grab a unisex bike, and make any small parts swaps it needs to work perfectly for you. Both approaches have their unique strengths and weaknesses, so it just depends on what you’re looking for from your next bike. Luckily for you, we’ve included both on this list of the best women’s mountain bikes. We’ve got a strong lineup of bikes from women-specific brands, with touchpoints specially chosen for female riders, and we’ve also got a few unisex brands who make good bikes in smaller sizes.

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So no matter what you go with while choosing a mountain bike, remain confident in the fact that new bike day is always the best day! Every bike on this list delivers its own special combination of speed, efficiency, and fun, and we’ve done our best to break down how each one performs out on the trail to help you make your choice. At the end of the day, we’re all just spinning wheels in the woods, so if you want to come have a good time, one of these bikes will make it easy.

best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Juliana Wilder C S TR

Full of swooping singletrack with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Wilder trails on California's Central Coast are what XC dreams are made of. The Juliana Wilder C S TR Complete Mountain Bike is the perfect bike for your local version, with a bit more trail-taming travel than the base Wilder. This bike is still a marvel of carbon design, as lightweight as it is strong, but it's got enough extra oomph in the tires and suspension to handle adventurous line choices (read: "less than ideal line choices"). An XC racer from the fun bike company, the Wilder TR is oozing with the enjoyable parts of mountain biking. If you like going fast, and giggling a lot in corners, the Wilder TR is the bike to facilitate that.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM GX Eagle115 mm$5899

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Juliana Roubion C S

An enduro-ready racer that'll gladly pedal all day with the crew, the Juliana Roubion C S Complete Mountain Bike is a carbon / GX build with no discernable weaknesses. With mixed wheels in the small and medium sizes, this latest Roubion is even more downhilly than ever: the bigger wheel up front tracks up, over, and through roots and rocks better than a 27.5", but by keeping the rear wheel size the bike maintains its quick maneuverability and lively personality. This mullet setup is proving to be the best of both worlds, and there's no turning back. Combined with world-class carbon construction and durable components, the Roubion C S model is a force to be reckoned with. If you like to ride a little bit of

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM GX Eagle150 mm$6349

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Evil Following GX

The Evil Following GX Complete Mountain Bike is always leading. As an XC rocketship with the soul of a DH sled and the chops of a dialed dirt jumper, the Following is actually not too extreme, geo-wise. It's not super long, super slack, or super squishy. What it is is a surprisingly agile, capable, and fast trail bike that positively rips everywhere. This bike excels at the riding you already do and is ready for the riding you dream about. The Following climbs like an XC bike and descends like a bat out of hell, perfect for competent all-round riders.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM GX Eagle120 mm$7299

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Orbea Occam H20 LT

The Orbea Occam H20 LT Complete Mountain Bike is still as sharp as a razor, it's just a bit bigger. This fortified LT version of the trail-slicing Occam has more than just longer travel, it's sporting more aggressive geo, beefier tires, and yes, bigger fork stanchions. This is the aluminum workhorse of these new Occam LTs, and it may be the model that makes the most sense for more riders. A bike that'll gladly rocket back up for another lap, this is a lowercase e enduro bike, a beefy trail bike. A mountain bike! The Occam is up for anything and will leave you frothing for another lap.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
Shimano SLX150 mm$3999

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Juliana Joplin A R

The Juliana Joplin A R Complete Mountain Bike doesn't respond well to being pigeonholed. Sure, you can pedal all day on the winding trail to nowhere in particular, but this short travel 29er is much more than a one-dimensional XC specialist - it's a kaleidoscopic multiverse of gravity-assisted trail capability. The slack front end, VPP suspension, and light but tough Aluminum frame turn the Joplin into a rocket ship heading up or down - a versatile, confident whip that will prove itself on trails near, far, and gnar. Kitted out with SRAM NX Eagle™ componentry and a smooth, easily adjustable Fox suspension system, this is the wild child you've been waiting for. The Joplin A R is an affordable ride that far outperforms its price tag.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM NX Eagle120 mm$4199

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Juliana Wilder C R TR

The Juliana Wilder C R TR Complete Mountain Bike isn't one to sit around discussing semantics, trying to figure out what narrow bike genre it fits in. This is an all-day everyday whippet with the heart of an enduro bike. With a more travel and a slightly beefier build, this TR build is more trail-capable than the normal Wilder, but maintains a high energy level. This is a featherlight bike that can handle being ridden heavily—it is a Juliana, after all. With great geo, suspension, and big trail tires, this is a bike that sees the whole spectrum clearly.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM NX Eagle115 mm$4899

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best womens mountain bikes of 2022

Juliana Joplin A D

The Juliana Joplin makes its second appearance on our list, but in a more affordable build. This short travel 29er is much more than a one-dimensional XC specialist - it's a kaleidoscopic multiverse of gravity-assisted trail capability. The slack front end, VPP suspension, and light but tough Aluminum frame turn the Joplin into a rocket ship heading up or down - a versatile, confident whip that will prove itself on trails near, far, and gnar. Kitted out with SRAM SX Eagle™ componentry and a smooth, easily adjustable Fox and RockShox suspension system, this is the wild child you've been waiting for.

DrivetrainRear TravelOriginal Price
SRAM SX Eagle115 mm$3599

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.