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    Surly Cross Check SS - anybody got one?

    Seriously considering pulling the trigger on one of these, but I'll have no opportunity to test ride, will have to order it sight unseen which I've never done with a bike--no shops near me have one (the closest thing is the regular geared Cross-Check with drop bars at one shop, and the size is way off for me). Planning on running it stock the way you see it here: Cross-Check SS | Bikes | Surly Bikes
    I have a rigid ss 29r MTB which is currently my only bike, and I ride fairly demanding trails several times a week, but I want something else for around-town and general random exploring. Will be largely used on pavement but I want to be able to hit gravel, etc. as well.
    Anybody ride one of these and care to share their 2 cents about it? I'm in my 50's and trying to only buy bikes that are real "keepers" at this point--steel bikes that are versatile, durable--something I'll still be riding for years to come.
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    I highly doubt there is any difference between the frames of the CC SS and the normal CC. ( I just checked, they're identical.) I have my cross check set up with a single cog but with an IGH. It rides very nicely. I bought one size down (54 instead of a 56) because of the longer top tube length common to Surly bikes. It seems to fit very well.

    Anything in specific you wanted to know?

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    Be sure to check out the Nature Boy, as well. Same concept, but with drop bars, different geo, and (IMO) higher finish quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
    I highly doubt there is any difference between the frames of the CC SS and the normal CC. ( I just checked, they're identical.) I have my cross check set up with a single cog but with an IGH. It rides very nicely. I bought one size down (54 instead of a 56) because of the longer top tube length common to Surly bikes. It seems to fit very well.

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    Thanks---your comment about the size is helpful. I'm debating between a 52 and a 54. I think the 54 might be pushing it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
    Be sure to check out the Nature Boy, as well. Same concept, but with drop bars, different geo, and (IMO) higher finish quality.
    Hmm--very interesting! Never checked out All-City before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
    Be sure to check out the Nature Boy, as well. Same concept, but with drop bars, different geo, and (IMO) higher finish quality.
    Be aware that the Nature Boy has track ends whereas the Surly has forward facing (semi) horizontal dropouts and aderailleur hanger.

    You could convert the Surly to gears later, if you wanted. (yeah yeah yeah, I know about IGHs and 120mm fixed-> geared kits and all that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyLC View Post
    Be aware that the Nature Boy has track ends whereas the Surly has forward facing (semi) horizontal dropouts and aderailleur hanger.

    You could convert the Surly to gears later, if you wanted. (yeah yeah yeah, I know about IGHs and 120mm fixed-> geared kits and all that)
    NB rear spacing is 130mm, but your point still stands.
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    Every bike shop that has an account with QBP - which is just about every bike shop in the country - can get you any Surly or All-City product.

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    Just ordered a 52" Cross Check SS - will have it in about a week. Early Xmas present for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbass View Post
    Just ordered a 52" Cross Check SS - will have it in about a week. Early Xmas present for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    You must be ten feet tall !

    Ha! Yeah, typing too fast---excited I guess!
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    IMG_0297.jpg

    Got it, been riding it all weekend---LOVE this bike. Gonna ride the heck outta this I can tell already!
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    Looks great!

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    SSCX bikes sure do look fun. I oughta find an old hybrid lying around somewhere and convert it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kindaslow View Post
    Looks great!
    Thanks--the brown color is very cool in person. So far my only thought is I might want to go with slightly narrower bars, but I'll ride it this way for a while. My 29r MTB of course has wide bars and that bike will still be my go-to for off-road. But I do look forward to getting the Cross Check out on some dirt though. I just think the bars feel a bit wide for general around town riding.
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