Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
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I agree with what Tabor said. The Steamroller isn't particularly well suited to commuting. Besides the Cross Check, the Salsa Casseroll could also suit your needs.
If you're determined to try to put something together with the Steamroller, besides the hub spacing (which sounds like it should work with a Sturmey-Archer hub, including the 8-speed X-RF8), you'd need to figure out how to mount the shifter. If you run a flat bar on the Steamroller, that's probably not an issue, but if you're thinking about drop bars, it is.