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  1. I saw an Elephant here in Austin the other day....

    I saw an Elephant here in Austin the other day. gorgeous!

    I just ordered a Soma Double Cross Disc frame in 52cm. will be replacing my Vaya, as I wanted something zippier. will report back.

    a...
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    it can work with a smaller mountain bike, but...

    it can work with a smaller mountain bike, but chances are it will look horrible. not that it matters if it works. i know a tall guy who has a small women's hardtail with a rigid fork, a ton of...
  3. there are rules in cyclocross, but I don't know a...

    there are rules in cyclocross, but I don't know a lot about them. I would imagine you would modify a mountain bike or hybrid to fit the rules. depends on who is putting on the race.

    drop bar...
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    indeed, if you use a frame that is already the...

    indeed, if you use a frame that is already the "right" size for you and put a drop bar on it, you are adding 3 inches to the reach. if you start with a frame that is large for you, it will be even...
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    if you wanted to do a drop bar conversion, size...

    if you wanted to do a drop bar conversion, size down! you might need a very tall stem to make it work too. be prepared for a lot of headache and spending cash because drop bar mtb conversions are...
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    I must know: why? what wheel size or A-C...

    I must know: why?

    what wheel size or A-C measurement?
  7. REI/ Novara have the Safari and Mazama bikes that...

    REI/ Novara have the Safari and Mazama bikes that might make good candidates for modification for this kind of bike. If you really want all the features you listed, quadruple that budget.
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    not sure this is 100% accurate, but it is a...

    not sure this is 100% accurate, but it is a start. bikegeo.cc
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    a 54cm Double Cross with a 80mm stem pointed up is pretty darn close to what I have now.
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    this is helpful: Stack and reach calculator...

    this is helpful: Stack and reach calculator
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    Soma Double Cross Disc frame size

    I currently have a 2012 Salsa Vaya in 54cm with a 100mm stem. I am 5'9" with a 85cm "cycling" inseam. with the handlebar set up about the same height as the saddle, it fits me well. It is possible...
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    for the kind of gravel terrain I have ridden in...

    for the kind of gravel terrain I have ridden in central Texas, that sounds miserable. YMMV.
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    indeed, that first spreadsheet was awful, but...

    indeed, that first spreadsheet was awful, but helped me understand the relationship between stack and reach by showing me how those two measurements are not related. my later calculations involved...
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    I am going to have to come back to this stack and...

    I am going to have to come back to this stack and reach argument: reach between two frames with different stack are not the same if you want to get the handlebar at the same hieght on two bikes...
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    the reason I bought the Vaya was to replace the...

    the reason I bought the Vaya was to replace the Pake C'mute that I had. I wanted to get rid of the bar-end shifters and the v-brakes. canti's were even worse. discs (Tektro Spyres) = less drama. I...
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    So, as you can see from the link I provided...

    So, as you can see from the link I provided above, my bike has a stack and reach of 593 and 364mm. How does that correspond to a Soma that will fit similarly? By that logic, the smallest 42cm frame...
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    Reach on 2012 54 cm Vaya is364.4mm 2012 Vaya 2...

    Reach on 2012 54 cm Vaya is364.4mm

    2012 Vaya 2 | Bikes | Salsa Cycles

    I have a 100mm stem on it.
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    the reach on my current frame, which fits me, is...

    the reach on my current frame, which fits me, is 364mm. Soma does not make a frame with a reach that short. I would have to get them to build me a custom 38cm frame or something.
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    I see what you are saying but humor me: if i have...

    I see what you are saying but humor me: if i have to add a ton of spacers under my stem because the head tube on the Soma is much shorter, would that change the resulting fit?

    If I want a Soma...
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    here's something interesting. if I form a...

    here's something interesting. if I form a mathmatical relationship between the stand and reach between two bikes, I get this.

    (nevermind, this spreadsheet was useless and made no sense!)

    the...
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    interesting. I have been trying to wrap my head...

    interesting. I have been trying to wrap my head around stack & reach for a long time now. it is possible that I would have fit better on a 55cm Vaya, but the one I got was used and a heck of a deal....
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    Salsa Vaya -- Soma Double Cross Disc

    I have been riding a Salsa Vaya for the past few months and I am thinking about replacing the frame and forrk with a Soma Double Cross Disc. (I work in a bike shop and I have very limited access to...
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    sorry Bob, but that makes no sense. of course I...

    sorry Bob, but that makes no sense. of course I have accepted that I have two Q's to deal with among my two bikes. I am trying to do something about it so that I can ride more than ten miles at a...
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    I mentioned Knee Savers (obliquely) in my initial...

    I mentioned Knee Savers (obliquely) in my initial post. They come in a minimum width of 20mm, which is waaaaay more than what I need. I think those are intended for clydes or people with really wide...
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    I am not about to buy a whole new bike because...

    I am not about to buy a whole new bike because the fit on one of my bikes is slightly off. I don't think an hybrid could replace my Vaya. I think buying a different pair of shoes would be wiser than...
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    two bikes, two Q factors

    I have a mountain bike and a touring/commute/ everything else bike. the mtb has cranks with a Q factor of 168mm and the other bike is 145mm. both have Shimano SPD mtn pedals on them and I wear the...
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