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    Surly Cross-Check vs Raleigh Roper

    Hi All,

    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:

    Cross-Check Pros:
    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)
    Lighter ?

    Roper-Pros
    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. Reason: added a thought

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    The geometry is fairly different between the Roper and the Cross Check. The Roper has a shorter top tube and taller head tube, so you'll feel less stretched out on it. That's a matter of personal preference, so ideally you'd ride both bikes to see which feels better to you. I'd go with the Roper for this reason alone, especially given your secondary uses for the bike.

    The difference between STI shifting and bar ends is also a pretty big factor, but again that's a personal preference more so than a straight up advantage one way or the other.

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    Have you test ridden them? Hopefully you can take each one out for a decent ride, maybe a half hour or so on each. That should tell you a little bit about the geometry and feel.

    I really like the bar ends on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I prefer them to the integrated shifters on my road bike.

    I don't think you can go wrong either way. If one feels and rides better, puts a bigger smile on your face when you ride it, then get that one.

    If it was a close choice for me, I would get the Surly and spend the savings on a good saddle and tires or fenders and a rack.

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    To follow up, I wound up buying the Surly as my local REI was not authorized to sell Raleigh products in my area.

    Thanks for the good advice, if REI had both I would have ridden both then decided, I feel like I got a good deal on the Surly andI dig it even though I'm sill getting used to drops and barcons....

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepinahartatx View Post
    To follow up, I wound up buying the Surly as my local REI was not authorized to sell Raleigh products in my area.

    Thanks for the good advice, if REI had both I would have ridden both then decided, I feel like I got a good deal on the Surly andI dig it even though I'm sill getting used to drops and barcons....
    What size did you end up getting? I recently got a CC at the REI sale as well. I've been having a debate over my sizing (ended up with 54 and I'm 5'10"). Also my first bike with drops. I felt like the bars were too low but after a couple of weeks I'm starting to love it more and more. I have really grown to love the bar end shifters and friction mode shifting.

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