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Another Frame Sizing QuestionNeo
May 31, 2001 12:59 PM
OK, chime in.
I have heard you want to get a 'cross frame one size smaller than your road bike, and I have also heard get the same size as your road bike.
Old school/new school?

What works for you? I am getting a new 'cross frame and dont want to make a sizing error. I ran with a frame 2 cm less than my road and it did "feel" a bit small, but I dont think it really affected me.

Your thoughts?
size is relativeclimbo
May 31, 2001 1:14 PM
seat post size can be measured different ways and remember to check out top tube length!! This is very important with a CX bike. e.g. a 56cm road frame may have a 55-56cm top tube but a 56cm CX frame might have anywhere from a 55-58cm top tube depending on the maker. Mostly, a smaller ST size frame is specified because the standover height is usually greater than on a similar size road bike. CX tires are bigger and BB's are higher, though it really depends on the frame. What frames are you looking at?
size is relativeNeo
Jun 1, 2001 10:42 AM
I am doing something I never had before, I am looking at getting a bike mail order. I have a Waterford X-11 right now and am looking to get an Empella. I like "different" bikes, not ones you see every day. Plus the frame looks good and is 1450 grams for the 56 cm. I was told my frame and fork on the Wtfrd are 6.0 lbs.

I got a 54 cm waterford and ride a 56 cm Trek 5200 on the road, so I am between a 54 and 56 for the cross bike.
CX sizing seems to be anarchylonefrontranger
May 31, 2001 11:03 PM
Check the geometry, then put a physical tape measure and/or actually ride it before you decide.

Redline frames run really, really tall. I got a 50, can ride a 51/52 on the road, and I've barely got any seatpost sticking out. But it fits me perfectly lengthwise, go figger.

I've got zero standover, but it feels good, I can clear rr trax on a good day, and it's agile enough that I race it in crits. I like it, and that's what matters. Good luck.