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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.