Another Frame Size Q & Another What Bike to Buy?
So I'm looking to buy a cross bike soon. I intend to do some recreational road riding, maybe hit some MTB trails, and ride my first cross race in the fall. I have a commuter bike, so I don't need anything with rack & fender mounts, etc. My budget is around $1000, though if I can spend less that would be great. I've been keeping any eye on Ebay, and Craigslist, but in the meantime I've been looking at new bikes and have narrowed my choices down to these:
Motobecane Fantom Cross
Cannondale Caadx Tiagra
I'm really leaning towards the Fantom Cross (seems great for the price) or the Cannondale (found them for $1099). Any thoughts on either?
::Frame Q Down here::
My problem with Cannondale is the frame sizing. To have safe top tube clearance would put me on the 44cm frame with a ST height of 75.5cm verse the 48cm frame with a ST height of 77.7cm. I'm 5'6 on a tall day, and have a 31" (78cm) inseam with cycling shoes on, so 77.7cm is a little too close for comfort. My issue is that a 44cm frame just seems ridiculously small. I understand you're supposed to size down for cross bikes, but does this seem right? My commuter bike
has a 49cm frame, and an effective TT that's 1.5cm longer then the C-dale. It seems that in most of the cross bikes I've looked at I'd fit a 49cm frame, is Cannondale's sizing just weird?
If anyone has any thoughts or opinions on the bikes listed I'd appreciate hearing them.