Join Date: Jan 2004
Bikes: Caloi MTB, Raleigh heritage international
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another frame size question
I am 5'4'' and ride a raleigh heritage international 50cm frame. I ordered a jamis nova in 49cm frame. Most shops don't have bikes in my size so I don't have the luxury of trying everything out. Anyhoo, the raliegh fits me great but I don't have a lot of standover clearance. This does not bother me, it's never been a problem and the other proportions are perfect.
I've been comparing the specs for the two bikes and it appears the standover for the nova might be a tad higher. The top tube is a tad longer, no problem because I can get a shorter higher stem, which I think I will have to do as the one that comes on it only has a 6 degree rise and looks longish in the picture. I am concerned about the need for standover riding cross bikes. On my road bike I have my topeak road pump on the top of the top tube because there is no room for it anywhere else, some of my tubes are not round making mounting the pump difficult. I put it on the top when I got it figuring I would just figure something else out but it hasn't been a problem so I've just left it there.
We are having bad weather in these parts and my bike was supposed to come in today but I'm thinking it might be tommorrow or even next week. I'm getting antsy and impatient so I thought I would post my concerns here and see what response I get. I plan on using it for my bad weather bike, putting a rack and small panniers on for daytrips and stuff, riding smoothe off road paths and such, and maybe even cyclocross racing! Is standover as important for this? I'm under the impression that cyclocross is not as technical as mountainbikeing so as long as I can mount and dismount ok I'll be fine but I don't know.
The smallest jamis nova uses 26 inch wheels. My dealer carries jamis and I did a little research and it seemed to meet my needs as well as any other brand. What do y'all think?