In my endless quest to find a steel commuter I'm turning my attention towards the Cross Check. I really like the ride of a steel CX bike, having ridden one for over 10 years (A Torelli, not a Surly). One of the big questions I have reguarding the Cross Check is heel strike. I have big feet 12US (46EUR), and use panniers every day. The panniers that I use are The Bug from Arkel and an old Bushwacker. Does anyone ride a Cross Check with panniers and have big feet? What has been your experience reguarding heel strike? BTW my cranks are 175mm.
Any other suggestions for steel frames would be appreciated, especially ones available in Europe. Thanks.