I am in the process of buying an '04 Bianchi Axis. I will use it more for winter/wet riding and light touring than actual cyclocross - I think it is just about perfect for this... In any case I normally ride a 52cm Trek 5200 with a 10cm stem, I've always felt this frame is just a tad too small- though it does just fine for me as far as I know. I am about 5' 6.5" tall and by the usual C-G formula I should be on a 53cm frame (31.2inch inseam by the book-in-the-groin-while-wearing-bike-shorts method). I am deciding between 49cm and 52cm sizes. I went ahead an had my LBS order up a 52cm, thinking that this would be the most likely size to fit, as I am afraid the 49cm would be too small. I also looked up some other 'cross bikes to the check their geometries and the Axis seems to run a little shorter standover height. The LeMond Propard for example has over 31" of standover in their 52cm size, compared to the Bianchi's 30.5". Advice? Thanks.