Join Date: Aug 2003
Bikes: '03 Fuji Roubaix Pro; '03 KleinGi Attitude; '06 Soma Rush; '04 Surly Cross-Check; '06 Soma Rush; '07 Scott CR1 / Chorus
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I'm pretty sure that LeMond measure center-to-center on their seat tubes for frame sizing, rather than center-to-top. The LeMond also has classic geometry with a horizontal top tube, so that might help to explain the slightly higher standover. If you can't ride the bike before buying, I'd at least be trying to find a bike with similar geometry that you can take for a spin before laying down your hard earned.
If you want to use the bike for wet riding, commuting, and light touring, you might want to make sure it has enough fender and rack mounts. I've never looked at an Axis frame up close, so not sure what it has in this respect.