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smaller (under 48 cm) cross bikeSadlebred
Nov 21, 2002 1:13 PM
I'm looking to build up a cross bike for next season as it's too late for this year. The only problem is that I'm short! I ride a 13" mtb and a 46 cm road bike with a 50.5 cm TT. All of the cross bikes I've looked at in the 48 cm size have a 51 or greater TT. I like my TT 50.5 cm or shorter. The only bike I've found that might fit is a 43 cm Surly, but it is too heavy. The 48 cm Redline has a 51 cm TT. The Gunnar Crosshairs tt is 52.5. Does anyone have any ideas without having to go custom? If I have to, I plan to get a Kelly custom, but I'd like to find a frame that is cheaper.
re: smaller (under 48 cm) cross bikememphistrials
Nov 21, 2002 3:58 PM
Well, I dunno your definition of "too heavy," but I've got a 42cm Surly. Currently, it weighs just over 22lbs. And that is with pedals (BMX platforms, too... not exactly light), and I've added top-mount levers. And a new seat. It's stock out of the box except for those three things.

It's supposed to be 23 lbs stock, so I dunno how I did that. ;)
re: smaller (under 48 cm) cross bikemsmootsiemartin
Nov 21, 2002 5:08 PM
Check out the Soma and the IRD (Interloc Racing Design). They both come in 42 and 46; however, their 46 is similar in geom. to the Surly 42. I ride a 49 c-t road and recently built up the IRD in a 42...liked the extra inch in stand over height. Since I built the bike up I have learned the stock fork is a little heavy, might eventually change it out. So far I really like the bike, but am not racing, just using it as a second bike. Hope to take it on some dirt this spring/summer. Good luck. Let us know what you end up with!
what about a Jamis?rockbender
Nov 21, 2002 5:15 PM
I think the Nova has a 50ish TT in the 46cm bike. Not a real fancy custom bike, but a nice riding steel frame! Not sure how it weighs in next to the Surly.
would this work?mindhole
Nov 21, 2002 8:02 PM
Maybe this isn't appropriate because it's a complete bike, but the Bianchi Axis comes in a size 44 with a 50cm top tube. I've got the 49, and I really like it, but then again, I don't race, so my needs/expectations are lower. ;)
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would this work?Sadlebred
Nov 22, 2002 5:34 AM
osted by: Sadlebred
Nov-21-02, 01:13 PM

"but I've got a 42cm Surly. Currently, it weighs just over 22lbs."

I want to build something up that is going to be lighter than my 22.5 pound XC hardtail, which I used for racing cross last year. This year I am racing my old Ti hardtail (minus bar ends).

"Bianchi Axis comes in a size 44 with a 50cm top tube. I've got the 49"

The Bianchi looks like a nice bike. For the price point, the components are good. I managed to find 1-2 complete smaller bikes, but the components were Sora/Tiagra, and 105 is the minimum that I want with Ultegra/XT prefered. The Bianchi 44 cm looks like it would fit me. I need to see if the shop I race for could get Bianchi or find a local dealer and try one.

What I REALLY want to do is build up a custom Kelly with 9 speed Ultegra using mountain bike cranks and gearing. The budget says otherwise!

IF makes a 44cm with a 50cm TTgreg n
Nov 22, 2002 9:21 AM
It appears the bike uses 700cc wheels also.
Go CustomJimena
Nov 22, 2002 10:36 AM
Or, you could just have them make one just like mine! It's about the equivalent of a 43. Cute, huh? I have a tiny amount of toe-overlap, doesn't usually bother me.
Go CustomSadlebred
Nov 22, 2002 7:49 PM
Very nice custom Jimena! Most likely I will go custom, but if I can find a stock bike to race, I want to try to save money. I'm in the middle of (re)building a custom mountain bike. My custom scandium mtb frame cracked about 2 months ago. I got scr*wed by the manufacturer, who would not honor their 2 year warranty. I'm about 2 weeks away from ordering a custom Kelly hardtail (purchase put off a few months by my recent house purchase). I'd like to save a little money on the cross bike since it will get used way less than the mountain bike, and my road bike will need replacing within the next year, too. That will be a custom.

The Bianchi could be a definite possibility if it uses 700C wheels. I will not ride a bike with 650C wheels.
Go Custommsmootsiemartin
Nov 23, 2002 12:01 PM
Do they even make cyclocross tires in 650?
do you hang it from the mirror in the car while traveling?(nm)merckx56
Nov 24, 2002 6:05 AM
re: Try Curtlo or Canadian builderssnuz
Nov 22, 2002 3:15 PM
Curtlo can build you a full custom w fork for $785. Peyto Cycles is a good deal with the weak Canadian dollar. True North is also excellent, really excellent, but is just a bit more. Still way cheaper than American custom. I've got a Kelly, and I like it a lot. But in my humble opinion, Steelmans kick ass.
Gunnar makes a 46cmflyweight
Nov 25, 2002 9:41 AM
Gunnar makes a 46cm frame (at least they do for our shop)

If you want a good but not expensive custom frame look into Bernie Mikkelsen in Alameda, CA. Much better than Kelly and cheaper too.
re: smaller (under 48 cm) cross bikeAsh
Dec 6, 2002 9:12 AM
out of Goleta, CA
$495 Zona custom frame include fork, 2 color paint
$595 Foco custom frame and includes fork, 2 color paint

Best price on custom steel in US that I've found. Next best prices were peyto and Marinoni out of CA and deeside cycles in UK. All cost more for shipping and plus I wanted to support US builder

Just got mine Tuesday