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Is cross riding solely for the long legged?(5 posts)

Is cross riding solely for the long legged?youcancallmejoe
Aug 22, 2003 5:42 PM
What gives? I am 5'9" with a 30 inch inseam. That is as average as you can get body wise. But every cross bike frame I look seems to start at 30" standover height and goes up from there. If I want 29" standover I have to get a 48cm bike and a 20cm stem, or so it seems.

Does anyone with my inseam ride cross?

I might just get a "compact" cross frame instead (also known as a MTB frame).
re: Is cross riding solely for the long legged?arctic hawk
Aug 23, 2003 8:31 AM
I'm 5'7" with a 30" inseam & I ride a 50cm Trek XO1.
Yes, it is There. I have had a few crashes & low, low speed stalls but have been fortunate enough not to fall direct down on the tube. Yet.
I actually had a hard time locating a 50cm bike, whether be on the classifieds on this site or ebay at the time I made the decision to buy a CX. The LBS here in town did not carry CX but were more than willing to order one for me, albeit, at full price. I eventually found my ride on ebay.
I, too, was wondering if CX was a sport for taller folks! If you go for a compact frame, look into Giant. They make a CX frame called the TCX. Perhaps you might go that route.

Arctic Hawk
re: Is cross riding solely for the long legged?Chunkymunky
Aug 23, 2003 10:52 AM
I am basically the same height and have the same inseam as you. I have two cross bikes - A 53/55 Steelman Eurocross and a 52/55.5 IF. I have 11 cm stems on both. They both fith me great and have never felt too big. My road bike size is 53/56TT and my mountain is 17.5" Hope this helps with your sizing search. Not too sure of the standover heights on each. All Depends on the tires I have on I guess.
re: Is cross riding solely for the long legged?snwbdrhoon
Aug 24, 2003 4:34 PM
oh yeah, 110mm stem.
5' 8", 31" inseam on a 52 Trek X01 nmsnwbdrhoon
Aug 24, 2003 4:33 PM