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Please help me find out what I want! Ex-Surly Cross-Check owner

Old 07-07-13, 09:21 PM
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Please help me find out what I want! Ex-Surly Cross-Check owner

Hello all,

A few years ago I had a Surly Cross-Check. It had 700c Mavic CXP's laced to some rock-solid Spinergy hubs wrapped with some fat-treaded 28c's. I had Dura-Ace all around with the exception of an Ultegra triple crankset. With fenders and racks, it was my fast tank to get in/around everywhere. It was one size too big for me and I sold it after 4 months of use. The combination of looks, handling of a CX bike, and ability to put on full/fenders and withstand ~30-40 lbs loaded was great.

I'd like something as reliable, versatile and with decent handling (unloaded).

Future use of future touring/randonneur bike
-Max trips will be 100-200 miles in a day
-Rides will have relatively light loads (10-20 lbs max of camera equipment, clothing, books, snacks); I will not be camping or taking multi-day trips
-Triple crankset
-The ability to handle dirt trails/fire roads/NYC potholes with relative ease
-Ability to have full fenders
-I would like a non-sloping top tube
-I like solid colors (preferably black/silver/chrome/green) and removable stickers/decals
-I have no preference for 700c, 650b/c, or even 26"



I always have the option to go back to Surly with the Cross-Check or even a LHT. I preferred the former due to the fact its nimbleness and the fact that I won't really be using the LHT's ability to carry a lot.


Only decent picture I have of the past bike...I really fell in love with the styling among other things.

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Old 07-08-13, 12:07 AM
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I just ordered a Cross-Check in my size. Why not do the same?
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Old 07-08-13, 03:50 AM
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Sounds like you want a lighter cross bike with a shorter top tube. Specialized TriCross?
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My best suggestion would be Riv's A. Homer Hilsen, but only because you don't want a sloping top tupe. I think the Sam Hillborne or San Marcos would also work, but they both have 6 degree upslope to the top tube. The Hilsen is more expensive, but Riv makes multipurpose bikes for the type of riding you describe. I have two of them and can ride all day, get up in the morning and want to do it again.

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100-200 miles in a day?
I'm more of a 30-50 miles a day so struggle to get my head around those figures.
I take off my hat to you.
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No experience with it, but tossing a Salsa Vaya on the pile, might be another to look at along the lines of the LHT.
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Still sounds like you want a Surly Cross Check.
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Looks like you know your way around a bike so how about just building one? Lots of frames out there that would be great such as the Salsa Casserole or my favorite the Soma ES.
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Love my Salsa Vaya but it does have a sloping top tube. Sometimes if I'm hauling something bulky around town it's nice to have that sloping tube if I can't swing my leg high enough.
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Id get a soma doublecross..the frame + fork will run you $450-$550..

That said...i doubt you can go wrong with another crosscheck
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