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Old 02-19-13, 10:20 PM   #1
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Looking for a cross bike around $1,000. I'm 6"7' (250lbs), need some advice.

Hi, I've been riding for some time now in a Trek FX 7.5 XXL (more or less equivalent to a 63cm) that fits me pretty well, I'm looking to upgrade to something a little bit nicer. I use my bike during the weekends for some 30-60 mile runs and sometimes for commuting (6 miles each way). Iím in the Seattle area so it gets wet pretty often and there are some hills.

My budget is around $1,000. I started looking into cyclocross bikes since they seem a bit more versatile and can take wider tires. The selection with my height is limited though, I tried a 61 fuji cross during the weekend and felt a bit short. Iíve been reading here and in other sites and this is what Iíve narrowed it to, though Iím open to other suggestions:

Kona Jake 63
They have a 2012 for $891 in a LBS in my area, havenít had time to go check it out but seems like a good bet, though I would like to get 105 if possible. They also have the 2013 which has disk brakes but it goes for $1,149

Nashbar Steel Touring Bike 64
This one looks quite nice, though some of the components doesnít look that good, like the rims and I donít know much about Nashbar. Though itís $799 and Iíve heard they sometimes have 20% coupons so I might have some money left for upgrades.

Motobecante Fantom Cross Pro 64
This is a lot of bike for the money, at least for the components, butIím not sure how I feel about bikes direct. They also donít have the 64 in stock, I emailed them and told me theyíll be getting more stock in about a month.

I've been looking in several LBS and haven't been able to find anything in my size yet.

Any advice?
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Though one may not be sitting on the floor at the moment,
did you ask about getting a make and model they do have in the size you need?.

The 105 group requirement, does push the price up as Shimano keeps raising their Prices to the OEM factories.

the lesser tier components still work well.
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Though one may not be sitting on the floor at the moment,
did you ask about getting a make and model they do have in the size you need?.
I did, but none of them had any bikes that one in my size, I'll try to go and try the Kona Jake this week.
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The first order of business should be to find out what frame size/dimensions you actually need. Basing a decision on a fixed budget and the largest available size is not really a great strategy to find a bike that fits and that you'll be happy on long term.

Be willing to extend the budget as needed to make it happen.

If the budget can't budge a creative solution (like a modern build on an older frame) might be the answer.
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I know, the thing is that I've looked around and there are no LBS that have a bike that fit me, the 61 I've tried are close, but still a bit small, that's why I narrowed it to those bikes, since they are the ones that seem would fit me that I can actually get. And would love to hear any input about that list of bikes.
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I did, but none of them had any bikes that one in my size,
Did they call the distributor's warehouse? that is where the importer's inventory is.

that is how the LBS, here, fills in for not having all sizes in stock. shipping is just a few days..

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The Jake is a solid choice and everyone I know who has one loves it. Try to get the LBS to order one and test fit.

I don't know if I would order from bikesdirect without having a solid understanding of how I wanted the frame sized. Also a decent understanding of bike set-up. That said, BD is a great deal and I ordered a mt bike from them. I am very happy with it.

I also feel your pain: at 6'5" I'm at the top of most off-the-shelf offerings. 6'7" has to be tough.
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Not a cross bike but probably the biggest production road bike: http://khsbicycles.com/bikes/2013-khs-models/flite-747/
If you could find a dealer with one in stock at least you could see how it fits to aid you in your search.
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Largest Trek Cross Rip priced right at $1K, is 61cm..
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ssrip/crossrip

top tube slopes down, to seat post . so head is taller..

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I am 6'-4" almost your weight. Make sure you get the correct frame size, especially the top-tube dimension that fits. I recommend that you take your body measurements at these 2 free sites:

Wrench Science: https://www.wrenchscience.com/Login....%2fHeight.aspx
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Competitive Cyclist: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO


Then look at the averages between what these 2 sites spit out for your measurements should be for a ROAD bike and subtract 1cm from the top-tube dimension for a cyclocross bike.

I love the Cannondale CAAD9 Cyclocross with a 60cm seat-tube; 60cm top-tube; and a 200mm head tube. It is about the largest CX bike you will find (top-tube and head tube). I ride the 60cm CX and 63cm CAAD9 road bike; and love them - great frame.
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