Women’s Mountain Bike Gear Guide

Women’s Mountain Bike Gear Guide - Thunder Mountain Bikes

We’re back for an updated Women’s Mountain Bike Gear Guide from Thunder Mountain Bikes in Sedona, Arizona! As the industry continues to grow so do the options for Women’s-specific Mountain Bike Gear.

Here to help us comb through all the choices is TMB team member and professional mountain bike coach, Joanna Yates. Joanna is thrilled to bring you an updated Women’s Mountain Bike Gear Guide as she shares a bit about her favorite bike, essential riding gear, and accessories for every trail. Plus, she'll offer some invaluable advice for women in the sport. Throughout this article, you'll find handy links to our webstore where you can snag similar products and gear up for your next adventure!

Ibis Ripley

ibis ripley thunder mountain background

Let's kick things off with my go-to ride, the Ibis Ripley. I like to call this bike my “daily driver”, because it is just that! It’s my first choice for riding anything in Sedona. And I mean—ANYTHING. From riding West Sedona Favorites to smashing downhills on Hangover and Hiline, this bike is extremely versatile.

I’m a short rider standing at just 5’2”, so finding a 29er that doesn’t feel like I’m smashed between two wheels is key. The Ripley is a great climber and has no problem taking on the tech climbs that Sedona has to offer. The long front end, slack head angle (66.5), and short rear give me all the confidence on any descent in Sedona.

The suspension system is also top-notch, with a DW-link design that provides excellent traction and control. The Ripley is also great to take to the Sedona Bike Park. I spend a lot of time coaching on this bike. This bike is playful and lightweight and feels great while getting air. The Ripley comes in at 130mm front and 120mm rear, and all the fun! Overall, this is my favorite mountain bike to date.

shimano sh gf400 womens flat pedal shoes


Designed specifically for women riders, the Shimano SH-GF400 Flat Pedal shoes offer exceptional pin grip and all-day comfort both on and off the bike. The durable denim-type fabric upper provides breathability and protection against trail impacts, making them the perfect companion for any ride.

women mtb rider wearing Osprey Raven 14 backpack


When it comes to hydration and gear storage, the Osprey Women's Raven has got you covered. With a 10 or 14-liter capacity and unbeatable performance on the trails, it's the ultimate choice for bikers seeking top-tier functionality with all the room you need for your trail essentials.

patagonia women's nether chamois


Less is more with the lightweight, highly breathable Nether Bike Shorts. Designed with the minimalist in mind, these versatile liners’ low-bulk chamois provide unobtrusive cushioning for those long rides.

one up edc pump and wolf tooth master link pliers

One Up Components EDC Pump

I love the option to carry my tools on my bike so that my pack will weigh less. One Up Components gives me that opportunity with the EDC Pump. It mounts to your bottle cage and is easy to grab when you need to fix a flat.

Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers - Master Link Combo Pliers

These lightweight pliers are a must-have in my pack! Not only do they carry my master links, but they also serve as a tire lever, making them an essential tool for any ride.

Smith Forefront 2

smith forefront mtb helmet 2 in dusky rose

Protection is paramount when hitting the trails, and the Smith Forefront 2 helmet offers top-notch safety features without compromising on style or comfort. Plus, with MIPS® and complete KOROYD® tech, it provides unparalleled protection.

Mountain Bike Resources for Women

If you’re looking for more support when you arrive in Sedona, Arizona check out the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy, they provide private lessons, skills clinics (women’s specific, too!) and give great information on trails. Also, make sure you’re following along at @thundermountainbikes on Instagram and YouTube for more tips and trail recommendations & group rides.

ladies group ride

Thunder Mountain is committed to helping more women get on bikes and helping you feel comfortable and confident. While Joanna listed some really good Women’s Mountain Bike Gear, we have other options on our Webstore and Sedona Shop. So stop in, say “Hi” and let us help you get out on the trail in Sedona, Arizona to have some fun!

Don’t be shy to ask for help with recommended routes based on your skill level. If you’re in Sedona, we are always ready to help you find trails that suit your skill level and ability. Plus, we love to talk bikes! And if you’re riding elsewhere, give your local bike shop a call or consider joining a Ladies ALLRide camp or event near you! More women are joining the sport now than ever before and you’re sure to find a like-minded community near your trails, too.


by Joanna Yates

Joanna is a professional mountain bike coach, social media manager for TMB, and all-around awesome lady rider here in Sedona, Arizona.