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how much drop do you run on your cross bikes?(5 posts)

how much drop do you run on your cross bikes?weiwentg
Oct 13, 2002 10:40 AM
I've got perhaps an inch right now, and I did my race with the saddle nearly level. now, I'm not a member of the stem police, but I'm curious to know how much drop cyclocross RACERS usually run.
re: how much drop do you run on your cross bikes?merckx56
Oct 14, 2002 1:07 PM
about 3-1/2 inches drop and the cockpit (tip of saddle to center of bars) is 1.5 cm shorter than my road bike. the drop on the road bike is is 4-1/2 inches. now take into consideration that my setup is currently being used on the road mainly. when race season comes, i'll either flip the stem or put the spacers back under the stem, thus raising my hand and shortening the cockpit even further.
don't cut your steerer too short. having a bit extra gives you a myriad of options when playing with your position. you can always stack a centimeter of spacers on top!
so for a cross race, you'd run ~2.5"? (nm)weiwentg
Oct 14, 2002 1:44 PM
so for a cross race, you'd run ~2.5"? (nm)atpjunkie
Oct 14, 2002 2:59 PM
on my roadbike I run a 59cm TT with a 125 x -3 stem, my cx bikes are 59 cm TT with 110-120cm x +3-5 degree rise. I go shorter and higher as it helps with handling in rough stuff. I stretch pretty far on my roadie and like a more compact position for cx but that is for me and I don't impose my prefs as law. So take this with a large grain of salt.
so for a cross race, you'd run ~2.5"? (nm)merckx56
Oct 14, 2002 4:19 PM
Like I said, leaving a bit of steerer allows one to fine tune position. I think that 2-1/2" would probably be about right, for me. I'm built a bit like a yard ape though! Long torso and very long arms. Measure what your road rig is and bring your hands up slightly from that. If the inch you have know feel comfortable, then don't F with it. I run a lot more drop than most simply because, as time has passed, I have just adopted a lower position. You will as well once you ridden for a number of years.