hey folks, has anyone compared these two bikes? http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...66_-1___204080http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx3.htm I am currently riding my dads old steel concord road bike from the 80's and have been doing a decent amount of biking for about a year. Looking to buy a bike, and I can afford the $600 dollar price tag on these two. I decided on a cross bike since I do more road riding but would like to be able to go on some local trails and not have to have a different bike for that. Has anyone reviewed the specs on these or notice any differences offhand? Both bikes seem to get decent reviews from what I have read on line, mostly like "this is a good bike for the price" type thing. Also, A quick size question. I am 6'2 and the bike i have now is 63 cm seat tube measurement, so I am assuming that is the frame size. The bike fits me well, my legs are only at little bent at full extension and I have to kind of stand on tippy toes to touch the ground with both feet. The bikes i am considering seem to only be available in 60, 61, or 64 cm...I fear that the 64 would be too tall, and am assuming I would be okay going with a 60 or 61 and just adjusting the seat up a bit to compensate. Does that seem reasonable? Thanks in advance for any advice...
2012 Motobecane Fantom CXX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX, 1997 Bianchi Nyala, 200? Burley Rock 'n Roll
Hint on sizing. If you like the fit of your current bike, start by measuring the top tube. Then pull up the geometry charts of the two bikes your considering and see which sizes have about the same top tube length. Chances are, you'll end up a smaller seat tube size than you have now.
You can go to your LBS and try some things out, and they can probably help you in terms of sizing. I was in the same place as you a few years ago and I called around (what some stores have online, if anything, is not always accurate), found some deals, and tried a few bikes out before buying.
For example, I have seen prices in-store at this chain (2012 Fuji Cross 3.0) that are cheaper than online, so you might be able to find a similar LBS with something in your price range and you can actually ride to feel it out.