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    Poprad vs XO-1

    So, I've about to pull the trigger on a new cross bike and my choices are a 58cm XO-1 or a 59cm Poprad.

    My only real hangup is the size differences.

    What is the conventional thinking regarding sizing a cross bike? Size-down from what you'd ride on the road? Same size as what you'd ride on the road?

    Both bikes have a shorter effective top-tube than my road bikes, with the XO-1 being the smallest of the two choices.

    Then we've got the fact that the Poprad is steel and the XO-1 is aluminium. *cues age old debate about which material is better* For reference, frame material doesn't matter to me, in fact, the steel Poprad appeals to me a bit more if only because its OG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlfreddy View Post
    So, I've about to pull the trigger on a new cross bike and my choices are a 58cm XO-1 or a 59cm Poprad.

    My only real hangup is the size differences.

    What is the conventional thinking regarding sizing a cross bike? Size-down from what you'd ride on the road? Same size as what you'd ride on the road?

    Both bikes have a shorter effective top-tube than my road bikes, with the XO-1 being the smallest of the two choices.

    Then we've got the fact that the Poprad is steel and the XO-1 is aluminium. *cues age old debate about which material is better* For reference, frame material doesn't matter to me, in fact, the steel Poprad appeals to me a bit more if only because its OG.

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    This is all it boils down to, they are both fine, good-looking bikes.
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    Have you tried both of them? That's usually a good method of determining which bike is better. But if you really just can't decide, the Poprad has way more class to it than the XO-1. The XO-2, on the other hand...

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    I've ridden both.

    I'm leaning more and more towards the Poprad. For less money I'm getting a better group (ultegra/105 mix), plus the Poprad has more familiar geometry (My road bikes are all LeMonds).
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    i would go with the poprad, but then again i'm a little bias :-) very good looking bike, rides very well.

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    Plus, you can't forget the whole "Lemond won't be carried by Trek next year" kinda deal. Makes the Poprad alittle more rare and alittle bit more unique.

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    i just purchased the 09' 52" XO-1 over the poprad and bianchi axis. as for as class i feel they are all on the same level. it just came down to feel and preference. i felt more comfortable with the xo-1. the response of the xo-1 was smoother and not as stiff as poprad and bianchi. [fyi i am beginner, but i test ed each bike 4x with advance riders. they all agreed the xo-1 responded well. I get it this friday and i can't wait to get it on the road.

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    As for sizing, the advice I received was "same size as your road bike, or just a tad smaller." Mine is a tad smaller on the top tube -- 54.7 vs. 55.0. Identical on the seat tube. The next size smaller was a lot smaller.

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    I ended up getting the XO-1.

    Couldn't be happier with it.
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    If the both feel similar to you, I'd go with the Poprad. The steel frame and component mix would seal the deal for me.

    You never said, but I assume you're going to race with it versus using it to commute with...?

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