Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    My Bikes
    Scott Contessa Speedster and a beat-up old hybrid
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    can a short girl make a frankenbike and use it for cx?

    I really want to try cyclocross because it looks super-fun. Currently I have a road bike that I use for long rides, group rides, and triathlon, and I have a crappy old hybrid that I don't really use. I don't have a lot of money (the roadie was a recent purchase), so I'm not really able to spend a huge sum of money on a new bike, especially if I don't even know if I like the sport. I'd prefer a steel frame/fork, since I figure I'm going to beat the hell out of this bike, and I'd also like to be able to use it for my commute. (That way, I could use some of the local crushed-limestone bike paths that aren't really suitable for a road bike.)

    Trouble is, I'm too little for the cross frames I know about that I can afford. (A few manufacturers are making cx bikes for women, but they're either aluminum/carbon or like $2500, which is out of my budget.) I'm 5'4" with about a 28.25" inseam (yeah, my legs are really short...) I can just barely clear the top tube of my road bike, which has a SO height of 28.1" -- most of the cyclocross bikes I've seen, their smallest frame size has a SO of 28.8" or 29". I figure it's even more important to have some clearance on a cross bike, lest I fracture my crotch bone or something.

    I was wondering if it might be feasible to try to find a steel road frame that fits me, and then try to mutate it into something I can use for cyclocross. Is this worth trying, or should I save up my pennies for a few years, get a spendy bike, and hope that both I like the sport and don't wreck the bike? If you guys think it's worth trying, what gearing, etc. would you recommend?

  2. #2
    Fax Transport Specialist black_box's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    chicago burbs
    My Bikes
    '07 fuji cross pro, '10 gary fisher x-caliber
    Posts
    850
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    tire clearance on a road frame might be an issue. Call around to the local bike shops to see who has smaller frames for you to try. Some companies make smaller 46 and 48cm frames. I had issues w/ standover height (5'5") and got a 49cm fuji cross bike.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    549
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)


    25.6 inch standover.

  4. #4
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    My Bikes
    Scott Contessa Speedster and a beat-up old hybrid
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Erik B View Post


    25.6 inch standover.
    BRILLIANT! And I might even be able to afford it in a few months :-D

    I had not even thought of looking amongst the juniors' bikes. What a great idea.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    549
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kat_astrophe View Post
    BRILLIANT! And I might even be able to afford it in a few months :-D

    I had not even thought of looking amongst the juniors' bikes. What a great idea.
    Let us know if you go this route and can make it fit. Standover isn't everything but short-legged people of the world should look out for each other.

  6. #6
    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Windy City
    My Bikes
    A road bike for every purpose
    Posts
    9,462
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Consider this Soma double Cross frame in a 42cm size, it provides 28.0 standover height.
    http://www.somafab.com/doublecross_one.html

    Michael
    2014 Trek DS.1: "Viaggiatore" A do-it-all bike that is waiting in Italy
    2012 Pedal Force CG2: "Secolo Bicicletta" the modern carbon fiber road bike
    2012 Pedal Force CX2: "Carbone CX" the carbon fiber CX bike
    2010 Origin 8 CX 700: "Servizio Grave" Monstercross/29er bike
    1997 Simoncini Special Cyclocross: "Little Simon" lugged Columbus steel CX bike
    1987 Serotta Nova Special X: "Azzurri" The retro Columbus SPX steel road bike
    1971ish Peugeot PX10: "Fancy Lugs"

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    80
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I second the soma double cross. Its a decent frameset to build off of. I've seen so many types of bikes, mtn, fixed gears track what ever in a cx race but I think a cx bike does best. Stand over is important, but not greater then your ability to mount and dismount quickly and effectively.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Charlottesville, Virginia
    My Bikes
    Dawes Kalahari, Puch Prima Super Sport, Graham Weigh 853
    Posts
    1,990
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If this is a hack type bike, you could buy a small, older mtb frame and build it up. It would be fine for cx and make a great commuter. Anything made from Tange Prestige would be awesome!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •