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Old 04-29-08, 01:58 AM   #1
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bike build help (a do it all bike?)

I would like your opinion on the following bikes. I am thinking about buying a frame and building it up. Any advice on which frame to choose for my purposes and how to build it up.

I am thinking about these three bikes:

1. surly cross check
2. soma double cross
3. surly LHT

I am looking for a bike that would be best for:

1. working as a guide on road and off-road (trans-canada trail, not technical but not paved)
2. touring in china, loaded
3. some randonneuring and long training rides with friends (who ride road bikes)
4. a triathlon or two (least important)
5. and of course riding around town on a fun bike, some lighter overnight trips

I am 6'4, have pretty long legs.

I am in Taiwan and could buy a lot of stuff here and bring it back to Canada.

A couple questions: Alex rims are super cheap here, and my LBS doesn't charge much for labor. Which rim would be best. Which hub (road, mtb?)



Any advice welcome,
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Old 04-29-08, 07:58 AM   #2
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I would go for the Cross Check. I've had the chance to ride one (single speed) and I was really happy with the ride. I've known people who've got the double cross and didn't really like it. Also, it seems that there was problems with the two individuals I know who got one... frame issues. One of them the seat tube wasn't a 27.2 nor a 27.0, it was an odd size. Another, the spacing in the rear drops where far from spec. The nice thing about the Surly is that you can do both road and mt. rear hub spacing.
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Old 04-29-08, 08:47 AM   #3
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I am looking for a bike that would be best for:

1. working as a guide on road and off-road (trans-canada trail, not technical but not paved)
2. touring in china, loaded
3. some randonneuring and long training rides with friends (who ride road bikes)
4. a triathlon or two (least important)
5. and of course riding around town on a fun bike, some lighter overnight trips

Any advice welcome,
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Seeing as you asked, no bike would be good for all the activities mentioned. With that said, the Cross Check would do everything except triatholons pretty well. Good luck

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Old 04-29-08, 10:14 AM   #4
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I shouldn't have included triathlons on the list there, but I do want something I could use to ride with "roadie" friends, but also something that could carry gear for longer tours. I am leaning toward the cross check. Is the lht a fun bike to ride everyday? It's advantage is you can use a front rack on it i think.
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You found surly in Taiwan? I guess living in Taichung there wasn't as many options.

Keep in mind, China's bike shops (most of them) are low low low end bikes. So tire and part selection (for replacements) are hard to find.

You'll have to hit big cities and when you do they're still hard to find.


Cross check looks to be the best all rounder.
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Cowboy's in Tainan has Surly. But it can be a three month wait. They are made in Taichung. Frames are really cheap in Taiwan. But I can't wait 3 months so I will be getting my frame in Canada.
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Can I put a front rack on a surly cross check? with the original front fork?

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