I've got a Surly Steamroller that I'd like to try in a few cyclocross races. I know it's not the the ideal candidate for CX, but it fits me great and 35's clear (just bought some Kenda Kross Supreme's). Rather than spend $$ on a cross bike, I'd rather go this route and race it for a season to see if I like it.
I'd like to get at least a new front fork for it. I'm wondering if I should go with a Cross Check fork or Long Haul Trucker fork. The CC is 400mm A-C with 44mm rake and the LHT is 390mm with 45mm rake. The Steamroller fork is 375mm, so I'm thinking maybe LHT is better, as it is closer in dimension to the Steamroller fork. The clearance is the same for CC and LHT (both state 45mm clearance).
One advantage I see with the longer CC fork is the BB/crank clearance I'll gain from that. But if it's going to mess up the steering too much, I'd rather avoid that.
What do you think?
Thanks for any input.
Cross Check Fork