I'm going to be going on a supported trip through India in the new year so I'm working out what frame to build on for myself and my wife's rides.
A major consideration is tire/fender clearance - I'm planning on running the 40c Schwalbe Marathon Extremes with fenders. I've owned a Cross-Check before and liked it, and Surly says that it has room for 45's with fenders so I'm leaning in that direction.
I'm curious about the steel Masi CX frames as well - does anyone know if you can fit big tires with fenders on these frames? The 2011 SS version comes with 45's so I'm curious if anyone has tried the big tire/fender combo on these frames.