Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts
    39
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Surly Not Raceworthy?

    I've searched through the threads here, and it seems that while people are very keen on the Surly Crosscheck, there's a feeling it isn't raceworthy. I'm in the market for a budget frame, and I'm definitely going to be racing on it. Do any of you experienced racers not recommend the Surly specifically for racing. I don't mean compared to a $1400 Alan, I mean compared to comparably priced framesets. Obviously, fit comes first, and obviously it's possible to race on anything. Just want some fine-tuned opinions. Thanks!

  2. #2
    human velocipedio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    living in the moment
    My Bikes
    2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
    Posts
    3,563
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    any 'cross bike is raceworthy. period. it's just that the surly is a bit heavy and not designed principally as a race rig. in 'cross. more than almost any other cycling discipline, it;s the engine that counts.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

    The Irregular Cycling Club of Montreal
    Cycling irregularly since 2002

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    MN USA
    My Bikes
    Breezer lightning & Cloud 9, Surly Cross Check, Miyata Team Road bike
    Posts
    10
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bull...

    I've got this theory about bikes & riders. In short it goes like this; the bike is way more worthy than the rider. In very few cases do I believe it's the bike that holds back the rider. Build it how you want. The Surly Cross-Check will go as fast as you can make it go. If you're a chart topping dood, maybe the Surly is not for you, but if you're looking for a bike that'll equal your talents... the Cross Check won't let you down.

  4. #4
    Senior Member MrEWorm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Aurora, IL
    Posts
    265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It appears that for racing, the Fuji Cross is, out of the box, the best value. I bought the Surly Cross-Check for several reasons:

    This will serve as my go anywhere, do anything bike. For road use, I wanted a steel frame. For trails, I wanted 32 and 36 spoke heavy dduty mavic's or better and the high clearance. I also wanted braze ons to carry my racks and saddle bags (for my camera gear).

  5. #5
    Member shinomaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Portland Oregon
    My Bikes
    Serotta Atlanta, Cannondale Caad 4, Fuji Cross, Trek MTB.
    Posts
    38
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just got a fuji cross frameset (e-bay) it's as light as my cannondale. Chesck out the redline frame at excelsport.com for $350. lighter than the surly anchor.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •