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Most road-bike-like CX bike?(6 posts)

Most road-bike-like CX bike?ralbert
Apr 28, 2003 10:53 AM
Hi. Considering getting a new cross bike for double duty road/cross. I will not be racing this on the road so differences in wheelbase (ie) are not concerns. What i am looking at is BB height. i don't want something too high for the road. Are there any frames which are particularly low (good) or particulary high (bad) in the BB? I'm looking at the empella and others from Any other suggestions in the under-$1000 range with my geometry concerns in mind?

thanks in advance,
re: Most road-bike-like CX bike?Dan Cas
Apr 28, 2003 11:00 AM
The lowest I know of is the Lemond Poprad at 74mm drop.I had an Appalachan that was~70.Gunnars are 70 also and I have a Mongoose Croix Ti that is 70.I hate high BB's.

I can't make any sense out of making the saddle higher than it needs to be.I don't care much about standover,but high bb's make that worse,too.

I don't know of any others with ~70mm of drop.

high BB'satpjunkie
Apr 28, 2003 1:32 PM
are good for Crits :0)
crit bikesweiwentg
Apr 28, 2003 6:31 PM
are also good for Crits :O)
TRUE< TRUEatpjunkie
Apr 29, 2003 2:54 PM
too bad my garage is full. :)
second the PopradRay Sachs
Apr 30, 2003 9:36 AM
I ride a Poprad as well and have found it to be a very capable road bike as well as a great off-road bike. If you're used to really tight geometry on your road bikes, the Poprad may be a bit relaxed for you. It has a great sport touring feel to it - reasonably quick but also very stable - much closer than a racing bike than a touring bike. The low bottom bracket was a surprise, particularly considering that Lemond's road bikes have a bb drop of 70mm. The cross bike is actually lower, on the assumption that you'll be using fatter tires. But put some road wheels on that frame and it really comes to life.

The Jamis Nova has even more roadie type geometry with a steeper head angle and quicker handling, but it's bottom bracket is a good bit higher.