I'm looking for a bike for a 35-40 mile round trip commute, plus weekend rides where I'm generally towing a child trailer. Right now I'm riding something that's really not appropriate for the job (street-ified mountain bike). I have a pretty good idea of what I want component wise (wheels, gearing, bars, etc), but I keep getting stuck deciding between the two frames.
Also, I'm a clydesdale (6'4", 265 heading towards 225), and I tend to carry various items (groceries, locks, misc) in a rack trunk or panniers. I don't need super-stuff-hauling capabilities (that's what the trunk of the kid-trailer is for), but I do need something that won't have problems hauling me.
So far, from what I can tell, the Trucker is:
- more comfortable
- better at hauling lots of stuff
- more stable
The Cross-Check is:
- more nimble
- higher BB for long cranks + offroad (I don't do much offroad)
I will be riding in most weather on paved surfaces of widely varying quality. I'll be using regular sturdy 36-spoke wheels (good quality doublewall rims, handbuilt by somebody decent - Harris, Peter White, or maybe a LBS) and wide (35-40) tires.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? experiences?