Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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!

    Trippin

  2. #2
    <riding now> BigAura's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Chapin, SC
    My Bikes
    surly LHT, paris sport fixie, trek 5000, fuji ss
    Posts
    1,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Windy City
    My Bikes
    A road bike for every purpose
    Posts
    9,185
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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;

    Last edited by Barrettscv; 09-01-12 at 07:24 AM.
    2014 Trek DS.1: "Viaggiatore" A do-it-all bike that is waiting in Italy
    2012 Pedal Force CG2: "Secolo Bicicletta" the modern carbon fiber road bike
    2012 Pedal Force CX2: "Carbone CX" the carbon fiber CX bike
    2010 Origin 8 CX 700: "Servizio Grave" Monstercross/29er bike
    1997 Simoncini Special Cyclocross: "Little Simon" lugged Columbus steel CX bike
    1987 Serotta Nova Special X: "Azzurri" The retro Columbus SPX steel road bike

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
    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.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •