Specialized Myka Comp

In 2012, the Specialized Myka range of full suspension mountain bikes designed for female riders, is back and better than ever. The FSR Elite and the FSR Comp both offer something different in terms of price and performance for women who love downhill plunges. Specialized is aware that many riders who consider either of these bikes could be relatively new to a full suspension setup, so the Myka range will ease you in and then let you develop your skills at your own pace.

The more affordable of the two is the Specialized Myka FSR Comp and it is a surprisingly agile bike. This is largely due to the lightness of the M4 hyrdoformed alloy frame, which is tough enough to take the blows which it is dealt while never feeling like a burden. The geometry is intended to help you in any cross country situation, so you can roll quickly across the toughest terrain and then dive into a descent or power on through a climb without feeling like any one area has been compromised. At 13.7kg it isn’t the lightest bike but this by no means makes it heavy, especially when you recall that it is an alloy frame.

The Myka FSR Comp has a RockShox XC32 fork with 100mm of travel while a RockShox Ario RL is found at the rear, each of which feature rebound adjust and a custom tuning which is designed to suit lighter female riders who might not be able to get the most out of shocks intended to absorb the hits for weightier male cyclists (yes darling, this does mean you – he’ll never read this!). Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes with ceramic pads at the front and rear give you a great pair of anchors to call upon, while Shimano Alivio equipment gives the gears that slickness that you can rely upon time and again. The Captain Sport tyres and Alex RHD rims are sturdy foundations for your off-road antics.

Specialized Myka Elite

The Specialized Myka FSR Elite ups the ante in a number of ways, starting with the fork. While you get the same M4 alloy frame, the RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo Air is a little more subtle and smooth in its operation. Shimano Deore XT components add to the mix of premium kit you will find equipped on this bike. The Avid Elixir 3 R SL brakes with 160mm rotors at the front and rear are a welcome sight and Specialized has customised these elements too, making riders feel completely in control of the bike. Custom DT Swiss 445D rims are hardy and adaptable, making sure that the suspension is not having to do all the work over rougher terrain.

The charcoal grey and dark purple detailing of the Myka FSR Comp are complimented by the bright white and sky blue of the FSR Elite’s frame, so if you had to choose between the two in terms of looks it would be very difficult, and of course always personal preference anyway. In performance terms each has something worthwhile to offer and the only question you will have to tackle is whether the classier kit of the Elite will lure you into spending more cash when the Comp is easily as recommendable to fledgling off-roaders.