Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Women's specific CX manufacturer?
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02-08-10, 08:21 PM
I'm looking for some options for a CX bike for my girlfriend, who is 5'7". She tried out a few CX bikes over the weekend and wasn't comfortable with the geometry. She has pretty narrow shoulders and like most women, she has a short torso and long legs. She did however try some women's specific models from REI and felt that the fit was right, but the bikes were regular road bikes instead of cyclocross.
Can anyone recommend a manufacturer that produces women's specific cyclocross bikes?
Any help would be appreciated.
02-08-10, 08:39 PM
02-09-10, 08:45 AM
As a 5'7" man with long legs and short torso I struggle with bike fit just like most woman do. I've managed to make all of my bikes fit with just a little modification to stem length. At 5'7" you should not have much problem fitting her properly to a regular CX bike as long you start off with the right size. I would look for bikes around 51-52cm, top tubes around 530, 535 at the very most. Most 49cm bikes will have a shorter head tube and with long legs excessive saddle to handlebar drop becomes an issue. A decent shop should be willing to change the bar to one that is narrower and change the stem to one that is shorter. A 400mm c-c handlebar and a 80-90mm stem.
I've fit woman to cross bikes with great success, you should be able to do the same. The 5'0"-5'3" woman is where it becomes really difficult.
02-09-10, 10:32 AM
My wife ended up really liking the Specialized Tricross and the Kona JTS. The Tricross has a nice short top tube. She ended up with a JTS due to cost and she seems fine on it with a shorter stem. She is 5.5 and is riding a 49cm.
02-09-10, 02:15 PM
Cannondale makes all of their men's cyclocross bikes in a woman's frame as well. From what I've seen they are the ones with the most options for women.
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