I am beguinning a built of what I would describe as a "very general use" bike.
No CX racing, but instead commuting, some touring and lots of trails (with singletrack).
Because of this, I am planning to mount 42 or 45mm tires.
The two contenders are the Surly Cross Check and the Long Haul Trucker (LHT).
The LHT seems to be stouter, but the BB drop looks quite big for singletrack and the vertical dropouts put me a little off in case of a derailleur failure.
The Cross Check seems a little better in trail/offroad, the dropouts are derailleur-proof but I'm a little afraid of lack of strengh when loaded for touring in harsh conditions.
What do you think?
Regarding brakes, I never installed cantis before.
Considering the kind of use I intent and the tires (42 - 45mm) should I go for v-brakes instead? Would they look a little weird on this otherwise classic looking bikes?
Thanks in advance