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Small cyclocross bike for female rider(5 posts)

Small cyclocross bike for female riderspindrift
Jan 13, 2003 3:20 AM
I am new to cycling but would love to get into cyclocross.
I am inexperienced so I hope you can help me with a problem regarding frame sizes. Is it possible to get a small frame size for 5'2" female rider? All the bikes I look at seem so big, or do I have to go custom. Thanks for your help
small bikesweiwentg
Jan 13, 2003 6:46 AM
depending on your inseam length, some of the smaller bikes may fit you. Soma and Surly offer bikes all the way down to 42cm. Surly frames will be available at the closest bike store. you can see Soma frames at I ended up going custom, and you can see the result below.
ideally, you need at least an inch between your crotch and the top tube, and the main triangle needs to be big enough that you can get your arm through and shoulder the bike. in my case, since I have short legs, that didn't quite happen (I'm an inch taller than you). if you asked me to do it all again, I'd have gone with a bigger main triangle.
if possible, I would go into the LBS and ask for a fit session. you can then ask them to get a frame from Surly, or you can take that info to a custom builder. and are good value for money (my frame was from the latter). Peyto is based in Canada, and you can take advantage of the exchange rate. there are definitely others to consider, but those are the two which popped to mind.
Surly is made of very heavy tubing, so that may not be optimal (but they will be the cheapest). if you're sure you want to do this I'd get something made of at least 525 tubing, which will probably weigh around 3.5lbs for the frame in your size. that's manageable (at least, I think it is). let us know whichever way you go.
re: Small cyclocross bike for female ridersscross
Jan 14, 2003 6:17 PM
re: Small cyclocross bike for female ridersistinas
Jan 15, 2003 4:53 PM
I ride a 44cm Indy Fab, which was a stock size for them. I think all of their bikes (even the steel ones) are custom now, though.

For stock bikes, look at the Jamis Nova, Surly, and Somafab.
re: hey spindrift!msmootsiemartin
Jan 24, 2003 6:52 AM
I am considering selling my small cyclocross bike this Spring. It sounds like it will fit you. Please let me know if you are interested and I can give you more details and pics. Thanks.