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My Surly Cross Check Build

Old 07-31-08, 12:19 AM
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My Surly Cross Check Build

Several months ago I was riding a Felt F1X cyclocross bike as a commuter - it was a great bike, but the aluminum frame and race-oriented geometry wasn't really suited to what I was using it for. I wanted to get a steel frame to use as a commuter/do everything bike. I looked at Somas, Gunnars, Sycips, etc., but decided on the trusty Cross Check frameset from Surly.

I took the 105 shifters and 105/Ultegra drive train off the Felt to use for this bike and built up the rest. I've only got a few hundred miles on it so far, but I really love it. The steel frame makes a huge difference. I am hesitant to call this bike "done," but I'm pretty happy with it. I might end up replacing the 46/36 chainrings for a 50/34 combo and put a 12-27 cassette on it; maybe a Brooks B17 at some point as well. The fenders will be going on soon once the rainy season starts in October.

I am really happy with the way this turned out, and building up the bike was an invaluable learning experience, even though I had quite a bit of help from my LBS. Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!

Frame: Surly Cross Check 52cm
Fork: Surly Fork
Headset: Cane Creek S-3
Stem: Thomson X2 110mm x 10 degrees
Bars: 3T Ergosum 42cm
Tape: Deda Elementi
Brifters: Shimano 105
FD: Shimano 105
RD: Shimano Ultegra
Crankset: FSA Gossamer MegaExo 46/36
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 10 Speed: 11-25
Wheelset: Mavic CXP 22 / DT Swiss
Brakes: Tektro Oryk Cantilever
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp
Saddle: WTB Rocket V
Pedals: Shimano 324 SPD
Tires: Specialized Nimbus 700 x 28

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Old 07-31-08, 06:04 AM
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Nice bike. . .

I love my Surly LHT built for commuting and touring (thus the low-low gearing)

King headset
Ritchie Classic bars
DA bar-end shifters
Thompson stem
King hubs
DT 1.1 wheels
Panaracer T-Serv for Messenger 700x28 tires
Paul Touring Canti brakes
Aliante Gamma saddle
Thompson seatpost
XT rear der.
XT 11-34 cassette
old LX FD
Sugino 172.5 triple w/ 24-36-48
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Very Nice bike.
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