Hello all. First time poster here, looking for insight from the bikeforums regs...
Unfortunately my budget constrains me to buying an online-only bike, but after riding a bike that is too small for me for 3 years, I know that I really must get this fit right!
I have narrowed down my search to two bikes:
BD Motobocane Fantom CXX
Nashbar Steel Cyclocross
These two bikes are the only offerings I can find that simultaneously meet my budget and my needs. I admit I prefer the spec on the Nashbar, though only slightly, as well as it's (better) looks, but for my purposes these bikes are an even wash, and FIT will trump any difference in spec or aesthetics, by many orders of magnitude.
Since I cannot test ride either bike, I'm trying to find bikes at an LBS with geometries that match as nearly as possible.
For the CXX, the geometry exactly matches a Surly Cross Check (at least at the 54 and 56 cm sizes, the only ones I looked at), and I believe I can find a surly to test ride.
The Nashbar - I'm having trouble finding something widely available to match (or as close as possible) the 56cm Nashbar frame. (I'd look at the 53cm too, though I suspect it is too small)
Does anyone out there know what manufacturers/frames this Nashbar bike is modeled after? Or something similar?
Also, is there something more widely available with comparable geometry to the CXX and CrossCheck, in case I can't get my hands on a Surly?
ANY HELP AT ALL would be very much appreciated!
Thanks in advance