Empella wrong size?
Alright so I bought an Empella Bonfire from a friend, and I'm wondering now if it's too big for me. The geometry is such that the top tube is identical to my road bike (55cm). I'm running a stem that is 3 cm shorter than on the road bike, so I am actually a good bit more upright. It feels just dandy as far as riding position goes.
Here's my concern. The standover height is very tall. Standing over the TT, I can plant both feet on hard ground, but in tube is in the crochal zone. On grass/soft ground it gets hard to put both feet flat down. Also, using the Lemond saddle height formula (which always works well for me) I can dial the saddle in properly, but it is very close (an inch or so) to being all the way down.
The goal for the bike is primarily cx racing, which I haven't done yet, so I am looking for input from that angle.