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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Huachuca City, AZ
Bikes: 2010 Fuji Roubaix 1.0 w SRAM Rival, 2010 Access XCL9.5 29er
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Chainstay Clearance Issue Non-Drive Side - Kicking While Pedaling
I'm looking into purchasing a road bike, but this problem isn't uncommon for me when I'm riding my mountain bike.
When I am pedaling, I have a problem with hitting the non-drive side chainstay with my foot. I was test riding a Fuji Roubaix 2.0 on Saturday and the bike felt great! It was confortable, I wasn't extremely stretched out, and it was a killer deal.
I wasn't ready to purchase the bike because I wanted to test out more bikes.
As a reference point, I have test ridden a Felt or 2, a Gianty Defy 2, and the Fuji Roubiax.
I wasn't using clipless pedals or proper road shoes. I was just using my tennis shoes. US Size 12 4E.
I asked the guys at Performance about it and they said to try and not twist your foot so much and I did and that pretty much cured the problem. Also that when I'm in my roadshoes and using clipless pedals, that the problem would probably go away because I'd be locked in with little room for twisting.
Is this a common problem? Are my feet just beasts and out of control?
Hopefully this won't be a problem. I'm not looking into a full carbon at this point, but maybe in the future I would like to get one. I figure that if I repeatedly hit the chainstay it would cause a crack which would cause that portion of the frame to fail.
Anyone have suggestions?