Originally Posted by sixer
I think its time she got a proper mountain bike. Any input from a smaller woman rider? She's 5'0. playNzmud? My budget is going to be around the $1000 mark.
Look at the Myka hardtails from Specialized. My girlfriend is a hair under 5'0", and found that the Mykas had the best fit of anything she tried this past spring. She was shopping for (and bought) the full-suspension version of the bike, but the hardtails run a bit smaller and will easily fit within your budget.
BTW, (more) great pics.