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Specialized M4 CX or Ridley Crosswind ?(4 posts)

Specialized M4 CX or Ridley Crosswind ?Tahoe Gator
Jun 7, 2003 9:09 PM
Trying to decide on a frame for what will at first be a fixed gear bike for training and then perhaps down the road a cross bike. Benefit to the Crosswind is a carbon fork (alum on Specialized), but it will cost a couple hundred more and has a 1" steerer. Probably should just pick on which is the better frame, but I don't know much about either.
re: Specialized M4 CX or Ridley Crosswind ?atpjunkie
Jun 9, 2003 10:49 AM
I own one of each Year 2000 S-Works and a Y2K Ridley Cross (pre Wind/Bow/Super) both with Al forks and I love them both. I feel the S-Works is a little more compliant but I ride both before each race and then pick by which 'feels' better that day. I like the Ridley on technical courses and with long power straights as I feel the stiffness pays off then, and the specialized for twisty, bumpy courses. I love them both and you realy can't go wrong with either, the carbon fork will save some weight and soften the chatter.
Size ?Tahoe Gator
Jun 10, 2003 2:19 PM
I ride a 55 cm road bike (Klein Quantum Pro), which has a 55.7 cm top tube. The Specialized is available in either a 54 cm (with 55 cm top tube) or a 56 (with 56 cm top tube). I figure the 56 size, with a slightly shorter stem than my road bike, would give me the same reach; but then again maybe for standover, the smaller 54 would be more appropriate. Also of consideration is plan to setup on occassion as fixed gear for winter riding. Any thoughts appreciated.
Size ?atpjunkie
Jun 10, 2003 3:24 PM
the Specialized run a bit tallish for S/O I'd go 54. make up diff. in stem. You want to go same or a tad shorter anyway. You can make up most of the .7 with alonger stem, will just 'slow' the bike up a bit. Don't know if it can be run as a fixed, I think you need track dropouts. you can run as a SS with a singlerator but not a fixie.