Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: SoCal - 909
Bikes: IRO Jamie Roy (fixed-gear commuter), Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS, Trek Madone 5.5, Specialized Allez Comp, Marin Mt. Vision Pro, Specialized M2 Hardtail, beater Nishiki fixed-gear conversion, Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS
I'm making the leap into cross racing, and have a couple questions that maybe I can get some useful input on.
Seems everyone always has questions about sizing and there seems to be no consensus between the two general approaches I've found. Those being "ride the same size as your road bike with higher bars", and "go a cm or two smaller than your road frame".
I searched through the sizing threads but don't recall an answer to my specific question, that being, what should I be looking for when test-riding a cross bike?
I'm 6' w/ a 32" inseam and ride a 58 cm Madone, on the road (though a Trek 58 is closer to a typical 56). I'll probably be trying out a 58 and a 56 XO1 today (Assuming they get them in, and built up. They were supposed to be in yesterday.). Are there ride/fit characteristics, specific to cross, that I should be paying extra close attention to?
My inclination is to go with the 58, but I won't make a final decision until I ride them both.
#2 race class:
I'm not a terribly experienced road-racer, and still a Cat V, but have been racing mtn. bikes for quite a few years, and I'm definitely not a beginner rider on either the road or mtn.
Do most people race beginner in their first cross race, or is trial-by-fire preferable, if you've already got plenty of non-cross saddle time?
I'm leaning towards the intermediate class, as racing beginner feels like sandbagging, and nobody likes a sandbagger.