So I used to have a 2xl frame Giant hardtail mtb, but after that getting stolen from inside the garage and us moving to Seattle in the next 3 days, I have decided that I want a cyclocross road bike for the versatility of off road capability as well as routine commuting.
The 2xl Giant frame was perfect for my 6'10" frame, HOWEVER the chainstay length became a problem sometimes due to my size 17 foot. The Giant frame had a 424 mm chainstay and so far all the cross bikes I have found is about 410-430mm. This has scared me.
I unfortunately dont have thousands upon thousands of dollars to blow on a solid, perfect, top of the line custom rig.... SO, I have been looking at BD's Motobecan Fantom Cross CX. Im sure its not the greatest bike with the strongest and most reliable everything, but I know that it will at least be a solid starter bike that I can slowly upgrade as things break down. The price and quality overall seem to be reasonable, but im afraid of the 430mm chainstay being a big issue.
So, I was wondering if anyone knows of any solid bikes that offer larger frames with long chainstays that arent wicked expensive.
Personally, if longer chainstays are your goal I would look into touring bikes. Surly Long Haul Trucker, Jamis Aurora, Trek 520, and even BikesDirect Windsor Tourist come to mind. Touring bikes are designed to have long chainstays.