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Bike packing on a Surly Cross Check

Old 02-09-11, 11:05 AM
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Bike packing on a Surly Cross Check

I recently learned about bike packing from https://www.bikepacking.net/ and https://www.carouseldesignworks.com/

I'm interested in this sort of riding, but I'm not sure if I can use my only bike to do it. I have a 2011 Surly Cross Check, set up with 48/36/26 and 11-25 rear cassette. I'd be willing to switch my hard skinnies for the 700x32 Ritchey Speedmax knobbies that came stock and switch out the rear cassette for something like a 12-34. Is there any way I can modify what I have for cheap to do some mountain riding? Or do I need to buy some sort of mountain bike?

I've looked into Salsa bikes, the Fargo and the Spearfish but they are damned expensive. I can't do that just yet. I also looked at the Surly Karate Monkey, but the stock is a single speed and I'd want it built up geared. Is there any other brands/models you would suggest?
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Bump.

or what features makes a mountain bike better for riding rough, mountainous terrain? suspension fork, etc.
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mod, can you please remove this post? I did some looking around and found the answer to what I was asking. Sorry for the dumb question.
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