Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Newton Ctr. MA
Bikes: 2 cdale Caad7. Scatantte CX/winter bike. SS commuter.
Ive had in the last 2 years (only including bikes that can be bought as framesets):
A Surly LHT: get it if you won't ever run it fixed or SS and wil be carrying tons of crap or will also be
touring across country later in your life.
A Surly CrossCheck: get it if you wan the most versatile bike in production and like your bike to have
many faces. I wish i still had mine :-(
A Surly Karate Monkey: get it if you want huge, soft tires or ride trails to work.
[all 3 surlys are super durable and easy to sell if you dont like them]
A Scatantte XRL Cross (which is performancebike.com's cyclocross frameset/fork): this is my current favorite bike to ride on because it fits me better than the Surlys and is light and snappy and can't rust. I'd get this if you never want to go fixed or SS and like the fact that it's 2.5 lbs lighter than the CC and stiff too. Oh, it's aluminum, which doesen't rust. The carbon fork is fine by me, but i'd rather it be a nice steel fork if I had my choice.
If you want to race cross or do group rides with the (fast) roadies or value light weight this may be your best choice. I dont baby it either and it seems durable enough. And it's $250 for frame, fork and headset!
I've ridden 2 centuries on it in great comfort also.
Yes, it may be the Cross Check killer, at least for me... somthing about aluminum works for me (maybe because i weigh 210?).