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Wanted: Cyclocross bike for 5ft rider

stacie2012-08-29 09:13:36 +0000 #1
I borrowed a bike and did a couple of races last year. Looking to buy a bike for this year. Of the ones previously mentioned in other threads, there are not many still being sold in the smallest sizes. Any recent experience or used one for sale? My custom road bike has eff top tube of 515 mm. standover is 733.
Jaclyn2012-08-29 09:29:14 +0000 #2
I'm also 5' tall (I may tower over you by 1/2 inch). I like an even shorter top tube than you at 485mm on my road bike. I bought one of Terry's Valkyrie cross bikes and have been happy with it. I'm not sure they still sell them. The frame was actually made at Richard Schwinn's Waterford Precision and they will build a custom frame.

There's a huge list of cross bicycle builders over at BikeForums on the 'cross forum. And more info in this forum as well.

Good luck with your search. I'd hoped to find a used bike but never did.
stacie2012-08-29 09:27:15 +0000 #3
Thanks Jaclyn. I"m going to hold out a little longer for a used one and then I'm learning towards the Specialized Crux. I'd like it a little smaller, but not willing to spend a lot of money on this. WE've had one Cross season and i don't know how much of a future it will have here. My money is in my other bikes.
Miranda2012-08-29 10:00:51 +0000 #4
I know this is kinda lame... but the price worked for me of what I wanted the bike for... here is my xc bike in size 48cm frame that might fit you...

forums.teamestrogen....owthread.php?t=41941

www.nashbar.com/bike..._202650_10000_202339

click on sizing chart and it gives the same TT as you need... plus I think the stand over works... their tech support is helpful and could calculate it for you but think it's about what mine is... it's gone on sale with special email offers less than $500... not fancy or great components... but good start for money.

I love my little xc bike.

p.s. edit add: I'm about 5ft 4.5/5 inches tall, but with a long torso and pretty short legs. My Orbea carbon roadie is size 49cm with almost identical geo as the xc bici, and my Trek wsd 4500 hard trail mtb is 16inch.
Biciclista2012-08-29 09:58:10 +0000 #5
wow, good price Miranda!
Miranda2012-08-29 10:01:09 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Biciclista

wow, good price Miranda!

Yes... thanks! Really, for getting a xc bike to just try it out and see how I liked it or not... excellent way to go. I can't believe how much I love it. Think I'm almost discovering that I love the versitility of my xc bike more than my other bikes to ride lol.

I know for many people that visit this site, and myself included, the cost of cycling as a sport can be shocking at first. I think it's nice to know that there are some creative options out there for less money if it helps you to ride, versus not.
zoom-zoom2012-08-29 10:35:00 +0000 #7
Miranda, that's the same bike I'm nudging my best friend towards. She'd love to get into cycling, doesn't have much budget, and lives out in BFE with more unpaved roads than paved.

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