Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Auburn, AL
Bikes: 2003 Steel Fuji Finest
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Nashbar Cyclocross X or Nashbar Touring
I recently came into graces with a $200 amazon gift card, and would love to spend it on a frame.
I'm mainly looking to commute & fitness ride (it would be great to go on a light tour also, but that's not what I need this frame to do best). I have a 2003 Fuji Finest that I wanted to swap components from, mainly because I cannot support fenders, tires larger than 23, or rear panniers (any of the stuff vital for everyday commuting...). Still, I want a ride that can keep up, and I'm used to the more aggressive geometry. I can't find the entire geometry on the Fuji, but I know it has 41 cm chainstays.
I was hoping to get the Nashbar X to fit the bill, but I'm afraid that I'll still have heel-strike issues with it (42.5cm chainstays). I know the Nashbar Touring would work, but I'm afraid that it's so geared toward touring that it would simply be too slow.
What do you think, should the X support my needs?