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    Not a cross bike but

    I'm trying to help my mom find a new commuter and I'm guessing there is more expertise here then in commuting.

    preferences in order of importance:
    -smallish
    -fender and rack mounts
    -disks
    -available as a frame set or with campy
    -Al

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    scott's sportster p1 has everything you mention except the frameset/campy requirement. some of the other sportsters are disc ready i think.
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    Because when fashion conflicts with function, I vote for function.

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    53cm tt = not smallish with drops.

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    geez, that is big for a small.

    the redline conquest appears to have disc tabs and goes down to a 51 tt. how small is smallish?

    how bout a disc up front and canti rear?
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    I don't think I can get anything less then 51 without going to small wheels.

    Yeah I think thats what I'll have to do. Unless she decides to spend the money for a custom I don't think there is anything non-hybridish with both rackmounts and disks. It will be much better then the cantis she has and if it's just the back keeping it quiet shouldn't be too much for her.

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    I don't know, 53cm seems "smallish" to me.

    maybe it would help if you posted a range of sizes you're looking for, or even better, the size bike your ma rides now or/and her inseam.

    There's always the Kona jake iterations, which are available frame-only, the kona sutra is steel, but has disc brakes, and the nashbar X cross frames, which are disc-compatible, aluminium, and pretty inexpensive. Most manufacturers sell frame only, although dedicated cross bikes are less likely to have eyelets than, say, touring frames.

    You could always take a gander through the list of 'cross fabricators up above.
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    bingo!

    the geometry info seems to be gone though.... Any clues?

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    In the "more info" tab:

    Frame Specifications:
    Frame Size: X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
    Seat Tube*: 46cm 50cm 54cm 58cm 60cm
    Top Tube (act.): 50.0cm 51.3cm 53.7cm 56.5cm 59.5cm
    Top Tube (eff.): 52.0cm 53.5cm 56.0cm 58.0cm 59.5cm
    Head Tube: 11.5cm 12.5cm 13.5cm 15.5cm 16.5cm
    Head Angle: 70.5deg 70.5deg 70.5deg 70.5deg 70.5deg
    Seat Angle: 73.0deg 73.0deg 73.0deg 73.0deg 73.0deg
    Chainstay Length: 42.5cm 42.5cm 42.5cm 42.5cm 42.5cm
    Standover: 73.0cm 74.5cm 77.5cm 80.0cm 80.5cm
    Wheelbase: 986.9cm 1002.4cm 1017.9cm 1048.5cm 1064cm
    * measured center to top of seat tube
    Sample Weight (size small, by Tech): 3.63 lbs. 10/18/05 CNAP
    BB Drop (all sizes): 70 mm
    BB Width (all sizes): 68 mm (English)
    Rear Dropout Width (all sizes): 135 mm

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