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Old 05-27-07, 10:31 AM   #1
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Crosscheck Pricing?

So I went into a store yesterday fully prepared to purchase a Crosscheck. My budget was $800. We went so far as to begin ordering the frame ($420). But when I mentioned I wanted flat bars rather than rounded, and that I would have to order all of the additional parts and have the guys in the shop build the bike out for me, they quoted me at a minimum of $1,200 for this bike.

Is this correct? Or were these guys throwing on some serious quality wheels and parts?

Alternatively, buying a pre-built bike from Surly was $975 and then I would have to modify it for flat bars, driving the price over $1K. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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Old 05-27-07, 11:37 AM   #2
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The parts to replace the road setup with flat bars is probably a wash pricewise, but the shop probably won't be able to sell the Surly stuff very easily. Basic road bars are a dime a dozen, not too many people want bar end shifters and the hood brakes aren't too in demand either.

If you have the ability, I'd just buy the bike for $975, and go online and buy yourself some parts and do it yourself. You should easily be able to find the parts for $50-100 depending on what you choose. You will be able to sell the road parts on Ebay or Craigslist, or save them should you decide to revert back to a road setup.

It's not that hard to do it yourself. Really. Also, consider a different shop. One might do it for free.
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I'm still a newbie to this — I am posting for reference only.

This CrossCheck came in at $1456 with some saving here/there.

I just put a deposit on mine with a quote of $14XX also. Im a big guy so I have some stronger, slightly more expensive wheels and a few pieces that added cost... but also used alot of parts the LBS had in-stock. If I had ordered everything new/shipped it was would have been over $1700.

I'm sure many Surlys on here have been had for cheaper.

Maybe buying the pre-built bike would be a good option and upgrading it as you get the funds.

Good luck! Seems every person who owns a Surly is very satisfied.
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Here's the basic Crosscheck complete bicycle for $930. You can upgrade as you have the money. More than likely, you will want to upgrade the wheels first.
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The complete Surly Crosscheck comes with 26.0 stem and bar-end shifters. The stem and shifters will not work with a flat-bar setup which measures to 25.4 thickness. So, if you want a flat bar you will have to buy another stem and different style of shifters. This is why the price will go up substantially.

Alot more easier on the pocketbook to find another pair of bars with a 26.0 diameter and switch them out. 95% of drop bars are 26.0 and many choices available. Nitto sells a 48cm drop bar with sweep back top rail. Very nice and comfortable for a drop bar. But it seems you want a different style bar.

I found two choices that are 26.0 but are not drop bars:

Mustache Bars



and TT Bars.

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Old 05-27-07, 03:35 PM   #6
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So I went into a store yesterday fully prepared to purchase a Crosscheck. My budget was $800. We went so far as to begin ordering the frame ($420). But when I mentioned I wanted flat bars rather than rounded, and that I would have to order all of the additional parts and have the guys in the shop build the bike out for me, they quoted me at a minimum of $1,200 for this bike.

Is this correct? Or were these guys throwing on some serious quality wheels and parts?

Alternatively, buying a pre-built bike from Surly was $975 and then I would have to modify it for flat bars, driving the price over $1K. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

-Sam
It appears they are simply going to order the Complete Crosscheck as speced on the Surly site. Order a different stem and shifters and install them. Charging you for stem, shifters and labor. I don't see where they are planning on upgrading the wheels. Did you discuss upgrading the wheels?
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moustache bars are really awesome. comfortable.
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LBS, old spokes home, a three pirate surly dealer;
swapped out the standard drop bars for albatross bars,
changed the tires and cassette for just the cost difference
in parts; total (bike and parts) came just to $1000.
they were great to deal with.
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Here's the basic Crosscheck complete bicycle for $930. You can upgrade as you have the money. More than likely, you will want to upgrade the wheels first.
$900 here shipped free. http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...heck+Bike.aspx
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Wow, thanks a lot everyone.

I see there's a 60cm complete bike for $900 shipped. I'm 6' 3"...Think I should go for the 60cm?
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I'm 6'3" and ride the 60 very comfortably. YMMV.

Actually, YLLMV.

That's "leg length."
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I am 6.4 and ride a Surly CC 62. Its perfect for me but much depends on torso vs leg etc.

That said, yeah go for it...
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I had the same questions and ended up building my CC myself so that I could spec it exactly how I wanted it. I'm 5'9" and ordered the 54cm frame which fits great. The short list of parts is LX Hollowtek II trekking crankset, XT RD, LX FD, Oryx cantis, Dura-ace barcons fit to Pauls Thumbies (mtn. size clamps from bikeman.com), mtn. flat bar (25.4cm), Ritchey Comp 120mm stem, Mavic 119s laced to LX hubs and fat 700x42c tires. I wanted to build the bike so that I could easily change parts if I decided to go to drop bars. As it stands now, if I want to do that, I buy a set of road brake levers, Midge bars (to fit the 25.4cm stem clamp) and move the thumb shifters to bar ends. Total cost of the build was right around $1,000, but I was frugal with cost of parts. Its possible to do it on your own for less than the LBS quoted you if you have the tools and the desire to do your own build. Otherwise, the Jenson complete build plus parts exchange is probably the best bet. No matter which way you choose, you'll love the bike.
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