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Frame Size Question??? I'm looking for a cross frame. I rode a 60cm Eddy Merckx road frame back in the 80's. I ride a "Large" Giant TCR-1 road frame now... I'm looking to get into Cyclocross and am having some "Sticker Shock" with the new bikes! I have straddled Trek and Scott Road Bikes and it looks like a 58 is pretty nice... so my question is should I ride a 60cm or go 58 on a used frame?

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Comment by Colin Kernan on September 16, 2009 at 10:02am
Frame sizes on cross frames is a bit different. As the bottom bracket is not in the same position traditional c-c frame sizing doesn't work. Go by standover and more importantly top tube. Get the frame size that gives you a slightly shorter top tube length than your road bike. It may feel a bit strange at first becasue you won't be a laid out as on a road bike. But for balance and bike handling you will find it better.
Comment by cxchiva on September 3, 2009 at 6:50pm
I ride the same size as you and have a 58cm Alan and a 57 Salsa with a slightly sloping geometry. People ride more upright in CX but my CX bikes are not too far from my road position except for my stems being 10mm shorter at 110mm and the saddle postion a little lower and more forward.

You have to know what works for you or just experiment with a few different stems and saddle postion. I have read more than once that you don't want to deviate if at all from your road soze. If cash is an issue then by all means go used.

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