Scary Teddy Bear
I have talked with several crossers who say that you should always buy a cross bike at least one size smaller than your road size, others say no, that you should buy the same size, who's right, and why?
I'm riding a Specialized Allez Triple road bike with a 58.2cm TT and 58 cm seat tube. It feels good on the road, but I feel like I am reaching a little bit for the drops, which is okay and actually comfortable on the road, but I wonder if a 56-57 would be better off road, for the reasons you mentioned above...thanks for the advicekannas said:1) one size down; to compensate standover height/bb height, to be able to fly on and fly off the bike with ease. Also shorter reach for a short intense race may be helpfull.
2) same size roughly. If you a comfortable on your set up now, general same dimensions can work.
3) I dont buy into these set black and white statements. Your most likely buying and new frame with new geometry. It seems evey year I adjust my saddle height +/- .5cm and to and fro +/- 1cm. My road frame and three cross frame are all roughly the same 53.5- 54.2cm. Just be carefull with the "tallness" of ridleys, I seen too many buy "their" size and feel the frame is gigantic.
What do you ride now? What's the geometry? Stem length, saddle offset and reach (saddle tip to bar center)? Do you have a pic of you on your current bike? And what are your preferences/ needs; alot of seat post extension, short stem, compact frame, spacer police, pure asthetics, ect...?
I ride a size smaller. I like the lower standover. I rode a same size bike that felt huge due to the raised BB and the standover was crazy. I would compare the standover on your current bike and try to find a cx bike with similiar standover height. The smaller size feels more manueverable.physasst said:I'm riding a Specialized Allez Triple road bike with a 58.2cm TT and 58 cm seat tube. It feels good on the road, but I feel like I am reaching a little bit for the drops, which is okay and actually comfortable on the road, but I wonder if a 56-57 would be better off road, for the reasons you mentioned above...thanks for the advice
Sounds to me like your gonna have to forgo the next few mortgage payments and get yourself a pair of custom Rich Sachs, there simply is no other alternative.atpjunkie said:So for me, the new Ridley's to get a TT to fit I have to buy to tall a frame so they are now unfortunately not on my 'fit list'
How about a unicorn drop out?atpjunkie said:have you seen those custom drop outs with the V? them bikes is pretty
Was not aware of his erm "unique" dropouts, too much for me. Mighty purdy tho'atpjunkie said:now where the hell is the simplicity and subtlety in that?