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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    You might check out Redline just for kicks too - I have an inseam maybe a bit shorter than yours. I think mine is 28.5 - 29ish depending on how tight I want to hold the book . I can stand over a 44cm Redline - but being that I'm only 5 feet even, with that inseam, the reach is way to long.... Now I am not too sure how much I'd want to *race* said 44cm bike... the clearance is small enough that a misstep on a mount or dismount could be diasterous, and I'm not a man.

    i looked at the redline bikes...according to their site, the standover on the 44cm bike is 736mm (28.98 inches). i thought that might be cutting a bit close!

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    What about a Kona Jake or Jake the Snake?

    I know the latter is a bit expensive (I built one up from the frame for around 1k, not including the wheels).

    I'm 5'4" and have a pretty short inseem and it fits me just fine. I don't even have the smallest one Kona makes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebug32 View Post
    What about a Kona Jake or Jake the Snake?

    I know the latter is a bit expensive (I built one up from the frame for around 1k, not including the wheels).

    I'm 5'4" and have a pretty short inseem and it fits me just fine. I don't even have the smallest one Kona makes.
    if you get a chance, can you measure your inseam? because i had completely discounted kona's because according to their website even the smallest kona cross frame has a standover of 755cm (29.7")...that think might castrate me!

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    If you want to see if you enjoy racing cross before you spend lots o $$ (what's not to love!?), perhaps you could race on a mountain bike first (assuming you have one). Quite a few people do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LainiePants View Post
    If you want to see if you enjoy racing cross before you spend lots o $$ (what's not to love!?), perhaps you could race on a mountain bike first (assuming you have one). Quite a few people do.
    nope, i've been strictly a roadie. this will be my first foray off pavement! lol

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    There's also the Novarro Pulse with 26" wheels from REI, which also happens to be on sale right now...
    http://www.rei.com/product/760877

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    how important is standover clearance? is it ABSOLLTELY necessary to have standover clearance? cuz...how often will i actually be standing over the bike with both feet on the ground? i don't NEED standover clearance when i mount and dismount.

    hmmm...

    any fit experts with thoughts on this?

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    I'm no fit expert, but I wouldn't want it to be too close on a cross bike. I think you don't have inches of clearance, but you wouldn't want the bike to *ahem* jam into things either.

    I have a cross check. I do not ride cross - I ride roads with it (love it anyway). Flatfooted, the bar just barely touches. I think it's OK. I wouldn't do more than that. (and I really do question Surly's measurements - I shouldn't be able to straddle my bike. But I can.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CA_in_NC View Post
    I have a cross check. I do not ride cross - I ride roads with it (love it anyway). Flatfooted, the bar just barely touches. I think it's OK. I wouldn't do more than that. (and I really do question Surly's measurements - I shouldn't be able to straddle my bike. But I can.)

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    Ditto.

    Love my Cross Check. Also love my Waterford X-12 and my Giant RS940, which fit me the same way.
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    There's a very nice shop in Dexter which deals Cannondale and Diamondback but the standover heights might not be short enough

    Which shop is a Bianchi dealer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana View Post
    There's a very nice shop in Dexter which deals Cannondale and Diamondback but the standover heights might not be short enough

    Which shop is a Bianchi dealer?
    Ride Boutique in downtown ann arbor used to be...but i think they're done with bianchi. i'm not positive though...i'll have to call and find out...
    Last edited by celerystalksme; 05-13-2008 at 05:19 AM.

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    Hi! My height challenged friends just bought Ridleys & love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Hi! My height challenged friends just bought Ridleys & love them!
    according to their specs, ridley's shouldn't fit me. their 41 is too small...48 is too big...nothing in between...

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    Same situation

    Just came across your post. Not sure if you've found a bike, but, I"m really short too. Only 5 feet 2 inches. Had a really hard time finding a cyclocross bike. I ended up getting a Specialized Tri-Cross sport. Fits great. I love it. A good bike store will measure you and be able to suggest the best bike to fit you.

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    I think a 44 cm bianchi volpe would be perfect for your needs. Its steel, it has mounts for racks and fenders so doubles for touring, it has the standover you need, and its under a kilobuck.

    I rode with a women from this list once that has one and it is a very nice bike.

 

 

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