I need some advice on making sure I have the right frame size. I have a new Fuji Cross 3.0. I bought it at my local Performance shop, where the "fitting" consists of: "straddle it. Is it touching your 'boys'? No, lift it up a bit. Now? OK, that should work." I did my best to figure out my size and standover clearance, since that's the one measure I can figure out.
I am 5'10", with long legs, 33.5" inseam on the highly scientific "book between the legs" measure. I went with the 54cm. So, the clearance on standover right now is about 2.5". That's higher than the usual recommendation for road bikes, but figured I should have a touch more for a cyclocross bike (I am NOT racing it, but I go on unpaved or poorly paved trails a lot). Also, Fuji says to have 'at least 2" for road, 3" for unpaved, 4" for mountain' - maybe their geometries need more clearance? Other measures: on lowest crank position my leg is straight, but the heel is firmly planted in the pedal. Standing in the saddle to achieve that allows me to touch ground standing on my toes only. Still dialing everything else in, but so far I feel the need to have the saddle all the way back. Hard to tell though, since I'm getting used to aero bars for the first time ever.
So, based on the above, should I exchange it for a 56cm, or did I hit this right? Any experience with the clearance and extension for this type of riding, only on trails, no off-roading, but occasional rough asphalt, gravel etc.? Or even specifically for these Fuji bikes?
PS if any tech-minded person wants details, this is the bike: http://archive.fujibikes.com/archive...me=Cross%203.0