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Old 11-30-06, 10:54 PM   #1
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Salsa Las Cruces Geometry (Crankarms length)

Dear All, need your help and comments here.....

I'm interested into cyclocross and manage to bring home Salsa Las Cruces. I guess it's nice paintjob made me choose this one over others And I'm 5' 7" and choose 52cm frame size.

I've just installed longer crankarms (175mm from previously 170mm) on it and surprised that my shoes hit frontwheel when turning left/rightl. Pls see photos. I try to install 172,5mm just on right side, see if this still happened. Yup, my shoes still hit frontwheel.


Here's my questions:
- Anybody has the same experience? On Salsa or other brands?
- Should I limited myself with shorter crankarms on cyclocross bike. I guess should be no limitation to choose crankarms length. No?
- I'm coming from mtb world, then I compare my mtb with more than 110cm wheelbase, while this CX much shorter with 100cm.

Thanks a bunch
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Old 12-02-06, 03:51 PM   #2
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Great frame! I have the same toe overhang on my compact frame road bike w/ no problems while riding at normal speeds. You have to be careful at slow speeds.

I've been looking at the frame you just purchased as well as the new Chili Con Crosso. I'm 5'8" w/ 30-1/2" inseam. Does the 52 fit you ok? Standover clearance ok? What's your inseam?
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Old 12-05-06, 10:19 PM   #3
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My inseam is 32-1/4" and the standover clearance is OK.
But I found the reach is stretch a bit. I guess this related to slightly longer top-tube typical on CX frame. I have to change from 110mm stem to 100mm to 90mm and settled with 80mm (I have spares in my box to choose from )
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Old 12-05-06, 10:31 PM   #4
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I have a Salsa La Raza and kick the front tire at parking lot speed regularly. Salsa likes compact frame geometry. You get used to it quickly, and never end up kicking the tire at any real speed.

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