Trying to get my wife on a gravel rig but having a tough time.
She's 5'3", 28 3/4" stand over and we're looking for something that can crank out the milage on dirt roads and such, but also wear a pair of slicks and do some pavement time. Less CX race geometry, more endurance… you know the drill.
Lots of great bikes in this category these days but frame size is an issue with many frames going down only to 52cm. As an example of the build and price range we're looking at she's nuts about Santa Cruz's rebuild of the Stigmata. Sadly, they build down only to a 52cm with a 30.1" stand over which I think is going to be too much for her. Santa Cruz Stigmata
So far I've been looking into (internet research, haven't been on any of these nor are any of them ruled in or out yet)
Diamondback Hannjo Trail
Diamondback Bicycles - Haanjo Trail
Specialized Bicycle Components
Ridley XBOW Disc Allroads
Cyclocross: X-BOW 20 DISC ALLROAD 1505AM
Any suggestions for something that might fit her needs and come in a smaller frame? COmments on the bikes I've mentioned or other suggestions?