Looking at getting a new (2013 or 2014) Surly Cross Check to use for commuting and touring. Currently riding a 2008 Trek 7.3 FX and ride 2000+ miles a year. If I bought a new X-Check frame and fork what all is transferable from my present bike? I am on a tight budget and not looking to have the very best of the best. The FX has been very functional tho a tad squirrely frame-wise certain conditions; thus looking at steel.
Ideally I would like to swap out as much as I can from the FX to the X-Check, including the bars. No desire for drop bars so don't try to convince me, please.
What are my options for shifters on flat/riser bars other than trigger shifters? I don't really mind the Shimano EF60s on the FX but is there something simpler at a reasonable price?
Would be buying the X-Check from LBS and having him do the work. Would like to talk to him intelligently about the build. Any help would be appreciated. Pardon my ignorance on bike mechanics.
My FX on a 500+ mile trip thru the N. WI and UP last summer