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Newbe cross questions (long)(2 posts)

Newbe cross questions (long)s=rocket
May 2, 2001 8:38 AM
I want to build up a cross bike from the frame up. I've never owned a road bike so I'm having trouble figuring sizing. I'm short, 5'-5 with a short inseam. I've found the Surly frame is made in small enough sizes that I can get one to fit standover. What about tt legnth? Do tt legnths run shorter than mtb tt's. I ride mtb frames with 21-22" tt's and adjust with stem legnths. With drop bars where you ride on the brake hoods and ocassionaly the drops, it seems that the tt would be a bit shorter? Any help out there?
get a tt length similar to your MTBclimbo
May 3, 2001 10:22 AM
Dave, it depends on what you like. I would say get a TT close to your MTB size but not so that it effects your standover height. If you went for a Suly with a 21.5" TT, would the SO be OK for you etc. I think the Surly's run TT's more like a road frame so if it is a little shorter than what you would think, that's OK.

CX stems are usually not more than 130mm long, most folks run a slight rise and a 110 or 120 for more "control" and comfort. Most of the time I ride on the hoods and I am in the drops for downhill sections and flat out charging if I need to during the race.