We all know that women and men are built differently, and so are their bicycles. If you think about basic gender differences, especially in the pelvis it makes sense.
Here are a some of the elements that tend to be different about bikes designed for women:
- Saddles: Seat (aka saddles) have shorter "noses" and wider rears.
- Gear Levers: These tend to be shorter on women's bikes, since women have smaller hands.
- Handle Bars: The bar tends to be shorter to accommodate the narrowness of women's shoulders.
- Frame: These tend to be shorter since women have shorter torsos.
All this said, I know many women with lovely broad shoulders and who are taller than many men I know. So you can throw out the gender labels on bicycles. Do think about these things on your bike or bikes that you are test riding. You can build a bike too and pick out your own "peripherals" so the bike is custom to your hand/shoulder/torso size.