Any full-suspension mountain bike under $2000 is usually worth checking out, but it can be a bit harder to find a bike tailored for women at that price. Thankfully, the Liv Embolden 2 doesn’t disappoint. This bold, durable full-suspension bike is designed with women in mind and boasts 120mm of travel in both the front and the rear, with a FlexPoint suspension under the seat and SR Suntour Axon fork up front. The frame is lightweight ALUXX-grade butted aluminum, which helps keep the complete setup’s weight down as much as possible.
27.5” Giant XC-2 wheels provide a good balance of size, traction and rideability, and are paired with Maxxiss Ardent tubeless tires. The drivetrain is a Shimano 2×9-speed, and Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes round out the ensemble for smooth cornering and super-fast stopping.
Liv tailored the Embolden 2 to give women riders a comfortable fit, designing everything from the tubing to handlebar and even tuning the shocks to achieve that, before giving it a special paintjob. They call this their 3F Design Philosophy, which emphasizes Fit, Form and Function to make the bike as comfortable for women to ride as possible.
And of course, you can’t forget the comfy and totally-functional price tag. At about $1500 for the new 2018 model, the Embolden 2 is a relatively affordable bike and one of the least-expensive full-suspensions, and it’s one that will get you outside without totally emptying out your wallet. If you’re a woman who wants the most “confidence-inspiring” ride possible, grab one of these and start carving up some trails.