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Bike fit questions...unclefuzzy_ss
Nov 3, 2003 10:05 AM
I've been totally diggin' this 'cross thing again. Finished yesterday mid pack(25/38). I'm ok with that since I haven't been riding all that much. Work and school conspire against me at this time. I'm so excited to be doing this though that I want to get a proper 'crosser for next year. This SSing it has been fun, but I really think that it's limiting my capabilities(and this is hard to admit, I'm a die hard SSer). I've been looking at frames and I've boiled it down to either the Kona JtS(alloy, not scandium) or the Salsa.

I'm 6'5" with a 35" inseam, average arms and torso for my hieght. I ride a 62cm Bianchi road(which would be replaced by this bike). The Kona comes with a 605TT which is good(I'd be able to get just the frame). The big question is on the Salsa. The 60 has a 595TT and the 62 has a 605TT. If need be, I can make up the diff in tt lengths with teh stem. I'd be more worried about standover. I like more compact frames(all my MTBs have sloping tts), but since the bike will also be used as a road bike, should I go bigger? I'd mainly be getting the bike for competition in the fall muck, so keep that in mind. Personally, after typing this, I'm leaning to the 60cm Salsa. I'd love to ride one, but don't know where I'd do it. Maybe I'll just pop up to QBP and see if they'll let me do that...HA! Gotta find a stocking dealer I guess.
c'mon, there's gotta be some tall blokes out there!unclefuzzy_ss
Nov 6, 2003 7:03 AM
or are y'all just looking at a picutre? :eyes rolling: How do the Salsa's fit vs. Kona's in general. I guess you don't NEED to be tall. I've not had a chance to ever really ride a cross bike other than my old Cross Check(sold to buy a 29"er).
c'mon, there's gotta be some tall blokes out there!Jan Gerrit Klok
Nov 9, 2003 1:11 PM
I'm just building up a 60cm Cross-Check, partly because I seem to collect Surly's, but mostly because it happens to be nearly identical in geometry to my custom Duratec, wicht I like. I race my 600mm TT Duratec with a 100x6º stem. The Cross-Check doesn't ride yet, but with the same size stem it feel just right.
I'm 6'4", 39.2" inseam, and on my Fisher XL hardtail with Thomson seatpost (people so often take seatposts for granted, while offset makes such a difference) I have a 90x-17º. I mention the Fisher because I know you demo'ed it, might be a good reference. My Duratec has a USE seatpost, hardly any offset.
10mm between frame's TT's can be solved with a stem or seatpost adjustement, angles cannot. 72/72 seems to work for me, I already liked that on my VooDoo hardtail, and had it done on the custom as well, because VooDoo went that route for it's well-praised CX bikes as well.

I can't comment on the differences between brands. Why not get a Cross-Check again, and know what you're getting? Of didn't the geometry work for you? The weight thing isn't scaring me away, which says more about my commitment to the CC, less about the frame weight :-)

Good luck!