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Old 09-01-12, 05:27 AM   #1
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Planet X Uncle John or Surly Cross Check

Hey Guys,

I'm looking to buy a new versatile bike and have narrowed my choice down to the above two bikes, but can't decide which one to go for. Hence looking for some advice from you guys.

I'm intending to use the bike for a few different purposes, in the following order of importance:

- Winter training bike for the road racing season
- Touring. Probably about 5-6 weekend trips pa and maybe one or two longer trips. If I really get into touring I may even take an extended trip at some point in the future. Would like to be able to go off road a bit.
- Commuter. Couple of times a week @ 10 miles each way.
- Cyclo cross. I'd like to leave this option open for possible CX racing at some point in the future.

I'm thinking the surly may be a little heavy,but then again the Planet-X may not be strong enough or relaxed enough for touring! My head is melted trying to figure out the best option to go with, so hoping to get some good feedback from the forum.

I'm also in a bit of a dilemma whether to just buy the frame and build my own or to buy outright. Anyone have any thoughts in relation to this?

Thanks everyone!

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Old 09-01-12, 06:41 AM   #2
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The do-all-bike doesn't exist because there's always one bike that does one thing better. I have a cross-check and love it, but I have three other single purpose bikes that I ride more. I do use the cross-check for light-and-fast touring. You can't beat the cross-check for it's strength and flexibility, the downside is weight. If touring and commuting are your emphasis then go cross-check. If racing and CX are your main focus then get the Uncle John.
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Why not just get a touring bike and use it for Cyclocross? If your goal is to participate in Cyclocross, and you are not concerned about speed or competitive results, a touring bike will do fine as a beginners Cyclocross bike.

If you want a Cyclocross bike that is fast, but can also be used for touring. Get the Pedal Force CX2



and install a trailer like this;

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The do-all-bike doesn't exist because there's always one bike that does one thing better. I have a cross-check and love it, but I have three other single purpose bikes that I ride more. I do use the cross-check for light-and-fast touring. You can't beat the cross-check for it's strength and flexibility, the downside is weight. If touring and commuting are your emphasis then go cross-check. If racing and CX are your main focus then get the Uncle John.
Yes, very true. I may have to simply not worry about the CX aspect. My problem is I already have 5 other bikes...trail bike, mtb race bike, basic commuter, road bike etc! Cheers for the input.
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Why not just get a touring bike and use it for Cyclocross? If your goal is to participate in Cyclocross, and you are not concerned about speed or competitive results, a touring bike will do fine as a beginners Cyclocross bike.

If you want a Cyclocross bike that is fast, but can also be used for touring. Get the Pedal Force CX2



and install a trailer like this;

Compete and not be concerned about being competitive. No way!

Love that trailer, thanks for the link.
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