Surly Cross-Check vs Raleigh Roper
I am trying to decide between a Surly Cross-Check and a Raleigh Roper for commuting. I need to decide quickly if I want to take advantage of REI's Memorial day sale.
I am about 6'/ 215, commuting 20 miles R/T mostly on streets. When not commuting, I will use it for recreational rides around the neighborhood, towing toddlers etc…
Here are the pro's of each bike as I see them:
Entry to the Surly cult/resale is probably better
Prefer Taiwanese products vs Chinese products
Less expensive purchase price (slightly < $1k if I buy now)
Better hardware (Shimano 105 (mostly), brake levers on the flat bars, disk brakes)
includes pedals, narrowing price difference.
perhaps less likely to be stolen ?
Let me know other pros/cons as you see them.
If I am overlooking a similar steel based bike available via REI, lemme know!
Thanks in advance
Last edited by deepinahartatx; 05-24-13 at 05:12 AM.
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