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    Worried that I've decided on too small of a frame.

    From everything I've read and tried I need a 50cm cross check. Apparently I like short top tubes of around 21 inches or 53.3cm if I converted that properly. Although my inseam for cycling is 32 inches.

    Should I get the 50 or the 52?

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    I ride a 52cm LHT, a 52 cm Pacer, I would fit a 50 cm CC. They have long top tubes. You made the right choice, even the 50 had a top tube longer than than what you like.

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    Either frame is going to fit you fine. According to the Surly website, the 50 has a 541.8mm ETT and the 52 has a 547.1mm ETT. That's less than 1 cm of difference. You can easily obtain your optimal reach by increasing or decreasing your stem length. Standover is 30.3" on the 52 and 30.6" on the 52. Again, not a big difference. Hardly noticable.

    Personally, I'm more in line with the "get the biggest frame that fits" school of thought. Gets your handlebars up higher. Gives you a nice esthetic "fistful" of seatpost. Less toe overlap. But, I know some people prefer a slightly smaller frame, particularly for racing or offroad riding. So its really up to you.

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    FWIW, I debated the 54 and 56 CC's years ago and bought a 56. After a couple years I sold it because I could never get really comfortable on it. I've since ridden a 54 and it fits perfect out of the box. If you are debating, you should find a shop that has both and test ride. If you're taking the risk in e-choosing, err on the small side. Disclaimer: This advice only pertains to the Cross Check, as it fits differently than many other bikes.
    Jason
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    Both the 50 and 52cm bikes have 91mm head tubes so the only gained by going to the 52 is a longer top tube.

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