Hmm, well, lowering bikes does change their geometry. This is true. The cornering can be a problem for bikes that already have low cornering capacity or if you lower them a lot. Having said that, having a tall bike is tough when you are just learning. Any little loss of balance can easily result in the bike lying in the parking lot. Dropping bikes, while generally not dangerous to the rider, does result in bike damage and even more damage to one's self esteem. My vote is if you are uber short, get a bike with low seat height and lower it if necessary to be more comfortable. The comfort of being able to touch more than your big toe outweighs the change in bike geometry and the slightly restricted cornering ability. When you get to the point where you are dragging parts in corners and are experienced enough to notice the shortcomings in the bike's geometry, take out your lowering links and put the bike back to stock.Emily said:There are plenty of bikes at MSF that are pretty short. The Rebel 250 seems to be the most common. I think it has a whopping 27" seat height or something like that. It's several inches shorter than a stock Monster.
When she gets a bike, tell her to seriously consider NOT lowering it. A bike's stock geometry was made to work just the way it was built, so lowering it will make it MUCH harder to corner. It is best just getting used to it with tons and tons of saddle time. Ok, so she might drop it in parking lots. No biggie. Buy a bike that has been dropped before and be sure to keep a small stock of levers. [thumbsup]