in need of help with sizing a redline frame
i've decided that my next bike is going to be my first cross bike (i'm one of those skinny-tire
roadie folks). and after pouring over this forum and seemingly half of the www, i have decided
on getting a Redline Conquest Pro frameset to build up. now the question remains what size
frameset to get.
my road bike has a 59cm top tube (c-c) and i have a ~91cm inseam. looking
at the redline sizes, my initial thought was that a 58cm conquest would be a good fit.
the top tube dimension is nearly identical, but the stand-over height on the 58cm Conquest is 85cm!
this makes me concerned that with 85cm of stand-over height plus nobby tires, i'm going to be
cutting things close in a region that i don't want to.
so am i misguided in trying to match the top-tube measurement on my road bike? on a cross
bike do you tend to want a shorter top-tube to be less stretched out on the bike?
should i be concerned with the rather large stand-over height?
i realize that fit and comfort are personal preferences, but any help
would be most appreciated.