Coming into the Specialized Women's lineup as the longest travel full suspension bike, the Rhyme offers 150mm of travel front and rear and 27.5 diameter wheels. Compared to the women's Camber model, the Rhyme features more travel, slacker geometry, fatter tyres and more burly components for adding confidence when riding technical singletrack. If you want a lightweight bike for flying up the climbs and speeding through smooher singletrack, then the Women's Camber may be more your style. But if you like the idea of having a little extra suspension travel in reserve, as well as geometry and a parts spec that will handle the rough and tumble nature of enduro racing, then the Specialized Rhyme is a highly capable bike for your needs.
Fundamentally, the Rhyme is the women's equivalent of the Stumpjumper. It uses exactly the same frame as the unisex version, but with a lighter shock tune that is designed to offer a smoother suspension feel for lighter female riders. A comfortable women's specific saddle and changes to the cockpit ensure the Rhyme is dialled in to the female form, with carefully selected contact points. Otherwise you're getting the same features as the Stumpjumper which includes the clever AutoSAG rear shock for painless suspension setup, amd neat SWAT integration of essential ride tools and spares. The Rhyme is available in either a carbon or alloy frameset, with the FACT carbon fibre construction helping to lower the overall weight. The alloy frame gets the same features however, such as the tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket that both help to boost stiffness and frame rigidity.
With the 2018 Rhyme, you'll find reliable thru-axles, sleek internal cable routing, and a height-adjustable seatpost that allows you to get the saddle out of the way before tackling steep descending sections of trail.