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What IS IT About The Surly Cross-Check?

Old 11-06-14, 04:54 PM
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I came in here searching Surly to read the pros and cons of the Crosscheck. So far I've seen that they are great bikes, they are so so bikes, that they are no that great, that people need to learn how to be better comprehensive readers, that American has craft beers and Europe doesn't, and that some people really haven't a clue what they are talking about.
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Old 11-06-14, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
I came in here searching Surly to read the pros and cons of the Crosscheck. So far I've seen that they are great bikes, they are so so bikes, that they are no that great, that people need to learn how to be better comprehensive readers, that American has craft beers and Europe doesn't, and that some people really haven't a clue what they are talking about.
It's one of the more entertaining threads in a while within the Commuting forum.
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Old 11-06-14, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
I came in here searching Surly to read the pros and cons of the Crosscheck. So far I've seen that they are great bikes, they are so so bikes, that they are no that great, that people need to learn how to be better comprehensive readers, that American has craft beers and Europe doesn't, and that some people really haven't a clue what they are talking about.
You have excellent reading comprehension...
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Old 11-07-14, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
I came in here searching Surly to read the pros and cons of the Crosscheck. So far I've seen that they are great bikes, they are so so bikes, that they are no that great, that people need to learn how to be better comprehensive readers, that American has craft beers and Europe doesn't, and that some people really haven't a clue what they are talking about.
All spot on except for the craft beer part. Europe has a vibrant and growing craft beer scene!
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Old 11-07-14, 05:42 AM
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All spot on except for the craft beer part. Europe has a vibrant and growing craft beer scene!
That part was sarcasm, sorry.
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Old 11-07-14, 09:33 AM
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The Cross-Check is a great bike for the money and extremely versatile. My problem is the geometry is all wrong for me. Like most Surlys, the top tube is too long and the head tube is too short for me. However, if you like to ride all stretched and low, it's a winner.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
The Cross-Check is a great bike for the money and extremely versatile. My problem is the geometry is all wrong for me. Like most Surlys, the top tube is too long and the head tube is too short for me. However, if you like to ride all stretched and low, it's a winner.
Yeah, better to buy a size or two smaller than you usually use.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
because my shopping preferences include keeping the money in house and reduced greenhouse emissions from shipping.
Considering the vast majority of us are in the States you've made a strong argument to buy a Surly or Soma or All City. I've had hand welded frames from Italy where the downtube braze ons were off by almost 1/2". Hand made is not always best.
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Old 11-07-14, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
For example, one is hand-welded in Germany, while the other is machine-welded in Taiwan.

Regardless of the keeping locals employed and keeping the money where it should stay arguments, I'd trust a hand-welded frame from southern Germany than a machine processed frame.

If you read my posts, I never claimed of the quality of the weld is/was better.

People around here really need reading comprehension lessons and/or need to be more objective.
Well you certainly did imply that the weld quality was better. At least thats how everyone on the planet besides you read it
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I have two Surlys and my CC is my favorite for commuting and day rides up to 100 miles. It is more nimble and the 700c tires seem to roll better than the 26’s on the LHT. I use my LHT for snow and ice (since I have Nokian Mount and Grounds for that bike) and any touring I do (which is not much).
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After all these years...yes!
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I bought mine with my George Bush money from 2008. 14 years later, it has made many moves with me. It has allowed me to go on recovery rides with tri-athlete friends. It has allowed me to put a basket on the front and carry my daughter's stuffies. It has allowed me to take practically no care of it. I just put solid tubes on it since much of my riding is under 8mph and is constant circles on a school yard. I can put expensive parts on it and feel good, I can put cheap parts on it and feel good. Its the Mr. Potato Head of bikes. I just learned that my crank has seized to the bottom bracket. I am debating putting a mid-drive e-bike kit on it. If I don't like it, I will take it off. I have friends who bought task specific bikes, and when they want a slight change, they buy a new bike. Mine has blended in with the lycra crowd, the gravel crowd, and the cruiser crowd. It cant look like a BMX bike, that is the limit.


I like playing on my bike. I don't care about getting to a destination utilizing 5 fewer watt hours. It allows me to be a kid. I have wrecked at 20mph a few times. The bike is always fine, my face has some spots that sun burn a little faster than the rest, but the bike is fine. If my bike falls while leaning on a tree, I have no emotional reaction.
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Old 09-13-22, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by well biked View Post

That's the Cross Check. Jack of all trades, master of nothing. .
Agree, capable of a lot of things but not good at any
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