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    Standover height question for CX

    The 33.5" standover on mt 60cm Canonndale CAAD 9 is identical to my 63cm Bianchi roadbike, as is the reach. This may be because of a 200mm head tube and some fairly knobby 35 tires. I didn't test drive it, before ordering the frame - just went from fit measurements. Will this cause dismount issues?

    Your/my standover is lower, toptube for CX is lower to aid in dismounting/clearance so you don't crush thy nuts on the toptube.
    CX bikes should feel a tad smaller for the climbing/spinning/dismounting
    done while actually riding them in CX conditions. I think the toptube length
    should be more important, CX setups are a bit different than road cuz of the geometry required in the sport... my seattube is much shorter, standover is lower... overall saddle height a touch lower than road but reach & setback are the same... this is for me though, I don't know what's correct, but it feels good to me...
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    If you are dismounting on the top tube you are doing it wrong.
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    I don't have much clearance on my cross bike and it as not been an issue.

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    why not test it with the bike you own that is the same size?

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    Thanks- It doesn't seem to matter to me - my leg goes right over the seat (have only done 1 race though). I just wanted to see if there was a rule of thumb for not "racking" yourself on crashes, etc. I think that I will be fine - I was surprised though with how tall the frame ended up - I am about 1/2 way through the build.

    What does standover have to do with dismounts?

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