Seems manufacturers did a short run and supplies ran out early this year. I wanted to make so many changes to my Cross Check that I figured I'd be better off selling it and buying a new bike with the stuff that I want. I bought it on CL a year ago when I first started riding and didn't know much about bikes and what I ultimately wanted.
On my Cross Check I now want to change:
Drivetrain - 52/39 & 11-23 to 4x/3x/2x & 12-32 or 46/30 and 12-32.
Wheels - 32 or 36 spoke, dynohub
Bars - from regular roadie drops to Midge
Instead of doing all of that, it seems I'd be better off getting new and having LBS swap out parts I want. I was looking at the Salsa Casseroll, but finding one . . .
Or some other similar steel frame relaxed geometry bike. I like the CC, but the current colors are uglyyyy. Casseroll has great reviews, too bad it can't run wider tires and do loaded touring. Then again touring is a "I want to do", but never have, so I want to focus on what I actually and do and worry about a touring bike when I actually commit to doing one. So, commuting, weekend rides, and centuries (new goal).
Just no bikes. Looks like I have to wait on 2011 models. When do they come out? Bummer is, nobody is ever flexible on price when new models are released.