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    Looking to purchase a Surly Cross Check

    Hi everyone,

    I plan on buying a Surly CC to replace my touring bike since I do not intend to do any further touring.

    Since I am not familiar with bike mechanics, I was wondering what parts of the Surly might benefit from upgrading?

    Also, is the Surly a decent value? Are there much cheaper alternatives?

    thks a bundle!

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    Any bike shop with a QBP account can order surly cross check bikes ,
    in fact they stopped selling complete bikes to Internet only sellers.

    In many cases Small shops will not have them sitting on the floor on Spec .


    Special order out here, but available, ordered for the asking .

    Small shop reason.. Due to the wholesale shipment is COD. {so asking is the beginning)

    [Trek ships bikes to dealers with a rotating credit line ]

    check with your local dealer .. as a Tig Steel Taiwan frame Surly cross check is not unique.
    Soma Is another brand ..



    they're fine well made and popular..


    Put a triple crank and tubby-slick tires on it and its a comfy ride..
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    The Fantom CXX from BikesDirect is a better value on a very similar bike (except a different drivetrain, which is similar quality-wise to the parts on the Cross Check). Not being familiar with bike mechanics, you would either have to learn or pay an LBS to assemble it.

    I did test drive the Cross Check and I can attest that it is a good bike. It offers similar value as other LBS bikes in the same price range.

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    Thanks for your advice, guys!

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    Stock Cross Checks are nice bikes, and Surly honestly does a fine job putting reasonable parts on them. I wouldn't buy one if cross racing were my first priority, but they're decent all rounders.

    Bar ends may or may not be considered a desirable feature over STI. 36x48 with an 11-32 is reasonable gearing, but a 34 would let you climb steeper stuff off road, and doesn't have particularly close gear ratios. The tires are probably not amazing, and the bike overall is probably a touch heavy, even for a steel cross bike. Nothing in particular screams out for replacement though.

    The Motobecane linked to also looks pretty nice. It's pretty similarish except for the brifters, which is a more expensive drivetrain. Factor in the real costs with getting a shop to go over it, and the lack of support from your LBS over the first year of ownership, etc.

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    Oh, that's some good info, I will look into that. I was thinking of getting different wheels and a different saddle

    The shop I am looking at only has a surly cc is that odd hospital foam green. As I have been searching the interwebs, I have noticed that a lot of women tend to favor the surly cc. Is this green surly cc marketed to women?

    I like the bike and unsure about the color...is this a girlish bike? I only ask because I drive a mini, and at least need a manly bike, lol

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    Winner of the Giro D Italia Wears Pink,

    Seafoam green and brown-race Mud will be fine ..

    dont sweat the small stuff like the shade of color

    You can go with it with contrasting colored tape and saddles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antoni View Post
    Oh, that's some good info, I will look into that. I was thinking of getting different wheels and a different saddle

    The shop I am looking at only has a surly cc is that odd hospital foam green. As I have been searching the interwebs, I have noticed that a lot of women tend to favor the surly cc. Is this green surly cc marketed to women?

    I like the bike and unsure about the color...is this a girlish bike? I only ask because I drive a mini, and at least need a manly bike, lol
    It's FAR from a "girly bike." :-) I bought my Cross Check in Minnesota in around 2007. I can attest that it is a great bike. I don't like the bar end shifters but apart from that, it's reasonably lightweight yet somehow over built. What a pleasure to ride. Quality shows throughout, and you get what you pay for. Enjoy

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    I happen to like the Surly Instigator in Sparkly Pink/Purple!
    I don't think its a less "manly" color, but it might deter thieves, & would be easier to spot if stolen.
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