Silverback Ladies Design (SLD)
Anatomy studies has shown that on average, men are about 10% larger than women. They usually have longer limbs, bigger hands and their shoulders are broader than that of a female. With our Silverback Ladies Design (SLD) range our design engineers take these amongst other differences into consideration when designing and choosing spec for a bike. The aim is to give female cyclists a comfortable bike that is ready to be ridden.
To create the SLD range, our product engineers continuously analyse the feedback from different female rider. Taking into consideration the type of riding that the ladies enjoy.
Some possible differences between women’s bikes and men’s bikes:
- Smaller frame sizes
- Shortened stem
- Shorter crank arms
- Narrower bars
- Female-specific seat
- Smaller break leavers
- Lower standover height
- Thinner diameter grips
- Colour options
Should all women be riding ladies specific bicycles?
No, ladies can easily ride any bicycles. Just because a bike is not an SLD bike, does not mean that you will be uncomfortable on it. However, it is important for you to be comfortable and ergonomic on your bike. Many women do prefer a ladies-specific bike because it requires fewer adjustments to get their perfect fit on the bike.
How will I know what is the right size bike for me?
Easy! You can use our online Find Your Fit tool or visit your local bicycle shop to help you.
View our full range of SLD bikes HERE