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Girlfriend's cross bike - stem/seat height question.....(4 posts)

Girlfriend's cross bike - stem/seat height question.....Black Johnny
Jul 29, 2002 12:47 PM
Just got the girfriend a Redline Team scandium cross frame and am curious about how to set her up on it. She has never been on a road bike so I have no experience with this. Do gals generally like the handlebars and the seat the same height on their cross bikes or do they like the bars higher? Any input is much appreciated.


Build specs-
Redline Team frame
Kinesis Crosslite fork
Campy 8spd wheels - 12/23(hope to find a taller cassette)
Shimano Bar end shifters
Cane Creek C2 headset
Record 170mm cranks - 39/45
Dia Compe 986 cantis
Kool Stop salmon pads
Shimano 105 brake levers
Michelin tread
Icon anotomic bars
Ritchey stem
American Classic post
Terry saddle
re: Girlfriend's cross bike - stem/seat height question.....Jakob
Jul 29, 2002 1:54 PM
Wow...sweet bike. Nicer than my race bike, even.

I built up a cx bike for my wife and I kept the seat height and the reach the same, but I raised the bar. It was easy for me because I was able to measure her road bike.

Are you asking whether or not the bars should be higher off the ground than the seat? I don't think so. While I agree that the handlebars on a cross bike should be a little higher than on a road bike, I don't think they should be that high. I could be wrong about that, but I think the seat should be higher than the bars.

I would put the seat as high as is comfortable, then figure out the reach and handlebar width with her on the bike.

Good luck.
Jul 29, 2002 2:24 PM
If she is planning on ridding off road, she'll most likely be more comfortable with a higher riding position from the stem. You will also want to lower the seat a bit, like a Mtn bike set up. This will increase her ability to balance on slower technical sections. It will also make it easier to get on and off the bike on the dirt.

If she plans on riding mostly on the road, I'd set it up like a road bike. With a lower (zero rise) stem and the seat position with a full petal stroke.

Jul 29, 2002 6:41 PM
he's right. If she plans on getting dirty go witha 5 or 10 degree (up) stem. If she's new to cycling do this as well as it will be more comfortable in general. I'd say set up the seat to her leg and then set up the bars to just lower than the seat. I'll check one of my rigs to verify height