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    Old Surly Crosscheck Specs?

    Can someone tell me what the difference between the first crosschecks and the new ones are besides the old one having 1" steer?

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    The first two years (blue and green paint jobs, respectively) are made with Reynolds 631 tubing. Ever since, it's been 4130, I think. Opinions vary, but I think the earliest model is a bit more prestigious.

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    I don't get what you mean by prestigious. Can you be more specific? Less eyelets? Generally stronger or weaker?

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    The older ones had name brand tubing. AFAIK that is the only difference.

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    yep....what jasonguard said....

    I have his old frame...

    Road: 2001 Bianchi XL Boron
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    AKAIK 631 is a bit lighter than 4130...

    welds are nice too...haven't seen a newer one to compare though...
    Road: 2001 Bianchi XL Boron
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    aballas, you pimped my ride!

    prestigious: exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige

    Basically, I was saying that the first year of the Cross Check (or any model of bike that has staying power) has become a classic. Whether it's better or not, is arguable (although, I think they were lighter w/631). But, it also derives prestige from the fact that so few were produced that first year.

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