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  1. #1
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    Need Cyclocross Bike Recommendations for My Petite Wife!

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    I can't find any cyclocross bikes for my wife. She is very petite. Any recommendations?

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    How petite is she?

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    Approx. 4' 9" and 95 lbs. She is in excellent physical condition, and exercises regularly, but is not a very skilled rider (bike can't be too sensitive or have quick steering).

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    well rpr, invite your wife here.

    and here's good thread to start:

    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showt...ght=cyclocross
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    Redline's cyclocross series start at 44 cm.

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    Yes, SHE can.

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    Thanks for the Redline tip. Just checked out their web site and the components sound good, but I have ner heard of Redline before.

    How would Redline compare to the better known manufacturers like Trek and Canondale?

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    rpr (and Mrs rpr hopefully by now?) "How would Redline compare to the better known manufacturers like Trek and Canondale?"

    there's nothing wrong with Trek Canondale Specialized, love them love 'em....and they can be more widely available depending on where you are but I love the smaller independent builders.

    Often that's where innovation is. While the "big three" have WSD now, that would not have happened but for builders like Terry and Luna bikes.

    more about small frames:

    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showt...ighlight=terry
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpr View Post
    Thanks for the Redline tip. Just checked out their web site and the components sound good, but I have ner heard of Redline before.
    I think Redline is more known for BMX bikes, but they make decent cyclocross bikes also. I just got a Redline Conquest Pro Cyclocross bike and I had it built up in 10 speed shimano 105 for about 2k. It is a great bike and I'll be very competitive racing on it.
    Just keep pedaling.

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    You might also want to check out Bianchi. They do make cross bikes in smaller sizes. Surly makes a cross bike that would possibly fit a smaller individual, but they are a bit heavier (especially the fork it comes with).
    Just keep pedaling.

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    rpr, is your wife going to be racing the bike? How will she be using it?
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate View Post
    rpr, is your wife going to be racing the bike? How will she be using it?
    No racing. Just for staying in shape, but we live around the Blue Ridge Mountains and it is very tough riding (street as well as path/trail), so we are looking for high quality/light bikes even though we will not be racing.

    I will encourage her to join this forum, but she generally likes me to do research on purchases like this...I'm an engineer (for better or worse).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpr View Post
    so we are looking for high quality/light bikes even though we will not be racing.
    What is your budget?
    Just keep pedaling.

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    Without the racing aspect, I wonder if there are some touring bikes that will take larger tires that might fit the bill. 4'9" is going to be a challenge.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    $500 - $2,000 as far as budget.

    Hoping for the following as minimum components: Aluminum frame, carbon fork (more forgiving for her bad back) and Shimano 105's.

    Redline seems to have the only cyclocross bikes I can find so far that has a good shot at fitting her. I prefer the components on the Conquest Pro, but the standover may be too high even on the 44 cm frame. The Conquest 24" would probably fit her better, but I really don't like the components on the 24" model.
    Last edited by rpr; 09-25-2006 at 02:43 PM.

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    I bought a Bianchi Axis cyclocross about a year ago, after searching extensively for a small frame. They make about the smallest around. I love the bike. It listed for about $1400 I think. They have a good website and frame geometry charts are available to show standover.

 

 

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