Help! Need Small Cross Frame--Kona???
Damn cross frames are huge!!!
I can confirm what has been said on here before: Redline frames are indeed sized large. I made the mistake of buying a 48cm Redline Conquest Pro frame from Excelsports and, lo and behold, it's too damn big for me! I know, I know, that's the peril of buying a frame without riding it, but I have virtually no access to test ride frames. Even though there are a lot of bike shops here in NYC, they're generally run by a bunch of ****** and they don't have small sizes in stock and aren't willing to order them simply on the hope that you'll buy one. (I actually had a bike shop tell me I was "screwed" in reference to my search.)
So now, in addition to needing to unload a perfectly new (not even ridden--I could tell once the thing was put together that it was too big for me) Redline frame & fork, I'm back to square one in terms of a frame (although I can cross--no pun intended--Redline off my list).
My standover is 78cm. So now I'm looking at the Kona Jake in a 49cm. The standover is 75cm. Does anybody ride a small Kona frame? How do they generally measure up? Just to compare, my road bike (2002 Wilier Alpe D'Huez size small with sloping TT) has a 46cm C-C seat tube. Will the sloping TT on the Jake help me out with standover? Is 3cm enough standover for a cross bike? If you were me would you go even smaller, say a 46cm Soma Double Cross?