Join Date: Jun 2008
Bikes: Hollands Touring Bike, Schwinn mountain bike, folding bike, tandem and triple
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As you are zeroing in on the frame you might like to get, you may want to consider what you will require it to do. In touring there are several variants, which might affect which type of frame you want. I am an over weight guy carrying an excessive amount of gear. I need a frame that is pretty stiff to avoid colorful things on the road due to frame flex. If you are lighter, or plan on carrying a lighter load, that may not be an issue for you. The Double Cross is a cyclecross frame. It may be suitable for lighter touring, but may not be as stiff as you may need for heavily loaded touring. The Vaya is a nice medium touring frame. It should be pretty good for pretty heavy touring, but there are stiffer frames if you are a wide body like me. I love my Vaya and I have strapped on full gear for practice rides, but I havenít taken it out on the road for an extended ride yet.
As for size, with the new crop of dropped top tube frames, I look for frames with the top tube length I like and then see what length seat tube that gives. With the newer, 350mm seat posts, a shorter seat tube than I may have used previously is not a problem.