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Need advice on buying cxmorrison
Nov 29, 2001 11:11 AM
I'm a road rider who is thinking about starting to ride cx as well. Problem: I am 5'4" male who rides a 48 cm bike. I have yet to find a cx w/ sufficient standover clearance. Anybody have any ideas? ( Also . . . want to avoid 650s if poss'l)
Custom, custom, customPablo
Nov 29, 2001 2:03 PM
Sycip is a great custom framebuilder, and Curtlo has a very good rep as well. You can get exactly what you want.

These are two good ones, there are many others too.
re: Need advice on buying cxHoward Snell
Nov 29, 2001 2:48 PM
My wife just bought a Bianchi Axis in either 49 or 48 cm. With the slightly sloping downtube this might fit you. The bike is reasonably priced with good components. I also have an Axis and I really like the geometry, but I'm not sure how comparable my 58 is to her 49/48.

re: Carpe DiemSteveS
Nov 29, 2001 10:32 PM
I have an Airborne Carpe Diem on order and checked their website. The smallest version of the CD (50cm) has a 29.10" standover height at the middle of the top tube. You might check it out. Good luck.
with the risk of being crucified . . .swede16
Nov 30, 2001 7:25 AM
You may want to consider going with an MTB frame with a rigid fork. You can run 700c wheels if you want by using Paul's brakes. It won't be as pretty or as fast (for those of you think bikes rather than riders are fast) as a true cross bike; but it might be a good way to put your toe in the water without dumping a bunch of money on a frame which would be tough to resell (especially with Supergo selling their Access frames with headset and seatpost for $90)
Check out www.steelmancycles.comsoulFire
Nov 30, 2001 1:50 PM
Eurocross @47cm and Cyclocross @ 43cm and 47cm...

Good luck,

re: Need advice on buying cxbuffalosorrow
Dec 1, 2001 1:15 PM
I just purchased a cyclocross custom frame from a Graham Weigh check out the uploaded images in the photo forum. The problem with 700c wheels on small frame is standover clearence and toe overlap , which you want to avoid, I have considered 650c/ 26" wheels and I am 5'7", the only prob is that there are not sufficient tyres for cross for 26" wheels.
The frame is reyonlds 531 and the down tube is 853, a very tight, race ready, stiff steel frame, no complaints.
I recommended to order a second frame for my friend whom is 5'2" and I see no conflicts with a smaller wheel size to go along with compact frame, it will look better, more proportionate.
Good luck.
Dec 1, 2001 1:21 PM
here is the image of the custom Graham Weigh cyclocross.
I was considering 26" wheels.
see above description.
re: Need advice on buying cxmorrison
Dec 3, 2001 7:23 AM
Thnx for input. I agree re: 650s, but the problem you raised is the same that I have noticed . . . a lack of quality cx tires for the size.

Thanks for the info
re: Need advice on buying cxnagoridr
Dec 5, 2001 7:10 PM
I have ridden a Cannondale BadBoy for the last 2 cross seasons here in OR. I am 68 in, ride a "sm" frame with sloping top tube, 2" of on/off front shock, disc brakes, 26" or 700c compatability, etc. It has worked well. Do not use gripshift. Grips got muddied last week and I could not turn the grips!!