Merida are well known for their Female athletes including Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja (who just won the XCM world cup). So it makes commen sense to ride a sexy Juliet. Made with women specific geometry. Finally bike manufacturers have cottoned on that the genders are differrent. So should your bike be. Lower stand over heights, lower bottom brackets, narrower handle bars and short reach brake levers just to name a few.