Any XL (64cm) cyclocross frame recommendations? I want to upgrade my Surly Cross check which I love but it is a bit heavy for racing. I can't afford custom or even stock pro frames (like Stevens). I know that there are some great, affordable aluminum CX frames out there - I just need to find one in 64cm.
You may finally have come to the point, in your racing,
where a poor fitting bargain frame won't do
Zinn cycles makes frames for big folks, Lennard, has cross designs,
races some, and is up there with ya..
A 56cm CC frame supposably weighs 4.8 lbs, a 64cm is probably close to 5.0. Considering that this frame is being used by someone sized to fit a 64cm bike, it's weight should still be plenty competitive for CX racing. If it fits you well, it would be foolish to give up the good fit just to save 1/2 lbd and/or wind up with a fragile bike. I doubt that any low budget tiawanese aluminum frame will be hugely lighter than your CC.
Dont blame it all on the frame! Keep in mind that the weight of the frame+fork is still only about 1/3 of the total weight of the entire bike, there is still a lot of easy weight savings to be had if you upgrade to lighter components, which you would need to buy anyway if you were trying to build your new bike up as a lightweight. Switching to a nice set of sew-up wheels for racing would probably get you a lot more performance advantage for the $ than switching out your frame and keeping existing parts, wheels.