Well I was planning on buying a Redline Conquest but now I'm not so sure about getting the all aluminum frame/fork. I can get a Surly Cross Check for about $40 more so I am looking at it as well. The thing that I don't like about the Surly is the bar end shifters. I can always change the shifters though so I can get by that part.
I am planning on using this bike primarily for fire roads to help me get into shape for mountain bike racing. I am also planning on putting my road bike wheelset on it and using it as a road bike some until my new road bike frame arrives (another 6-8 weeks ) I'm also planning on trying a couple of cyclocross races later this year.
Anyway, if you had to decide between these two bikes which would you buy?