I have a cheap Diamondback I bought years ago that's not cutting it anymore. So I have been thinking of getting a full suspension mtb All I know is I want disc brakes, full suspension and a solid frame. No carbon. 26 wheels. Too short to do 29er and the 27.5 might be pushing it. I prefer to have components that have a balance of durability and reasonable pricing.
I have better luck "fitting" women's specific bikes so I am considering these two
The specialized safire comp
The cannondale Lexi 2
Any other suggestions in the $2500 range?? Seems like you can't get full suspension for less than $1700 or can I?
I will be researching over the next month before I make my decision. Unless I spot an insane deal.
Pretty much Juliana Bicycles takes everything that is great about SC trail bikes and designs geometry to better suit the female rider.
They VERY nice options for you in the $2500 range.
Check 'em out here: http://www.julianabicycles.com/
You might even have a dealer near you for a test fit/demo: http://www.julianabicycles.com/dealers/
A couple pics of some of their bikes: