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Ered_Lithui2012-08-12 06:23:45 +0000 #1
After much searching, I just bought a Scott CX Team in XS!

Fit was a challenge. I'm 5'3" with a short torso, and with most cyclocross bikes, even the smallest size had a top tube that was far too long. This one's pretty good already, but I'm still going to get shallower handlebars to bring the reach in. (I test-rode a Specialized Crux that had the *perfect* position but was otherwise not right for me, so I'm trying to imitate that with some modifications to the Scott.)

It helped that I got a screaming deal. The bike shop had swapped out the rear derailleur and shifters with 105, but I'm fine with that for the price. Tomorrow we go back to the store to sort out stem, handlebars, seatpost, and other details.

I'm almost looking forward to fall. Almost. (It's hard to get over the fact that summer has only just started.)

Now to get the body ready.
Muirenn2012-08-12 06:35:31 +0000 #2

Always good to hear about any bike with a short top tube. Thanks for posting
Ered_Lithui2012-08-12 06:56:00 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Muirenn

Always good to hear about any bike with a short top tube.

Heh. I knew we were on to something when the only serious criticism I could find online was a thread of guys complaining that the bike didn't work on a test ride because the TT was obscenely short. :-P
redrhodie2012-08-12 07:04:50 +0000 #4
That looks great! What do you plan on doing with it? Racing? Riding all winter? So much fun to be had!
Ered_Lithui2012-08-12 08:08:45 +0000 #5
The plan is to race! After cross season it might become a winter bike. I'm really excited about finally participating after watching for two seasons.
Caddy2012-08-12 07:25:51 +0000 #6
Congrats on your new purchase!

I've been a lurking the forums for ages, but felt compelled to finally post because I am 5'2" and also had a heck of a time finding a cyclocross bicycle that would fit me. I never got to try the Scott because no one around had it in stock (plus the standover looks to be too high for me), but I am going to be receiving a custom build on a Specialized Crux - neon yellow - in about one week.

May I ask why the Crux wasn't right for you?

On a side note, one of the staff at a bicycle shops I called actually said to me, "They don't make bikes that small, no offense." when I asked about a 48cm. Then, when I pointed out that they deal with Specialized, who makes bikes in 46cm, he screamed, "WOW, they actually make bikes that small! Again... no offense."

I choose not to do business with them.
Owlie2012-08-12 07:18:01 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by Muirenn


Always good to hear about any bike with a short top tube. Thanks for posting

Yeah, really--I've been hunting for a 'cross bike and finding one with a short TT is a pain!




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