Surly Cross Check Frame The steel Cross Check frame rides like nothing else. Its also durable and affordable. Its really hard to beat this package. But wait--add to that semi-horizontal dropouts with a derailleur hanger, "FFF" (fatties fit fine) stays so you can run big fat tires (even with fenders!), and Surlys Gnot-Rite rear spacing (132.5mm) that takes mountain and road hubs and you just made the unbeatable even more unbeatable (unbeatable-er?).
This frame gives you options whether its using gears or hucking it singlespeed, or building the frame as a commuter or a touring bike. You can even use the Cross Check as a cross bike! And race it too!
Tubing: 100% Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded
Rear dropouts: Semi-horizontal dropouts with adjusters give you single-speed compatibility and wheel base adjustability. Gnot-rite spacing (132.5mm) allows you to run 130mm road hubs and 135mm MTB hubs
Braze-ons: Bosses front and rear to take cantilever or linear-pull brakes, eyelets at the dropouts, rear rack bosses, dual water bottle mounts, downtube shifter bosses
Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost clamp diameter: 30.0mm, Surly Stainless included
Headset: 1-1/8" threadless
Bottom bracket: 68mm wide, standard English threaded 1.37x24t
Tire clearance: Fatties Fit Fine (FFF) stays and our beautiful slope-crowned custom fork provide room for tires up to 700 x 45 with mud and fender clearance. For real!
Chainring clearance: Manipulated stays so you can fit the size rings you want. Go nuts!
Color: Robins Egg Blue or Wicked Black
Weight: 56cm = 4.88 lbs (2.2 kg) Fork - uncut = 2.19 lbs (.99 kg)
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2 mm
Front Derailleur Clamp: 28.6mm (1-1/8")
Front Derailleur Cable Pull: Bottom
Brake Type: Linear Pull/Cantilever
BB Shell Width: 68 (English)
Wheel Size: 700c
Works with all single, double and triple road or mountain cranksets
I've ridden this thing for spring and summer and like it more everyday. I'm 41 years-old, bought into the "I need carbon fiber light" stuff but have come full circle back to steel. It sounds cliche but it gives me wonderfull, soft ride with positive feedback and energy return.
I've assemble this bike using recycled Shimano MTN hubs with 135mm spacing (it also accepts 130mm road wheels) and 23mm wide rims and 700x35 Clement X'plor tires -- a great recipe for comfy cruising. That said, I can ride it on the road rather fast for a couple of miles -- 18-20mph (with a tailwind, ha). It's a great utility bicycle for all types of riding -- no boundaries, no carbon fatique worry (though I do believe the carbon fatique and fragility concern is more needless worry then actual truth).
I used a Shimano Mountain/Deore XT triple and 9 speed rear (11-28) -- plenty of gear range. I probably could have gotten away with a double up front but there are times when I'm too fatiqued to climb and the granny gear is very useful.
As far as the Surley's energy return, I suspect I am not strong enough to flex my carbon fiber Cervelo to get the same feeling...overall, for me, the Surley was the right material,right rider scenario. I suppose this means if you put out tons of power the opposite maybe true for you -- you may hate this bike but seriously who buys this to hammer the pedals?
Like most my bicycles I used the top tube for sizing and it worked out.
Buy the frame-saver/rust inhibitor sooner rather then later because if you are like me you'll want to keep this a long time.
Lot's of fun building it up and modifying it -- currently I'm putting downtube shifters and a drop bar because I plan to keep riding it further (my longest trip probably nearing 50miles -- drop bars should add more hand postions for longer rides).
I've used cantilever brakes and for some reason (maybe it is the Surley chromoly fork? or maybe it is the flat bar brakes?) there is NO fork shudder when braking hard -- which is awesome. (Actually I bought TRPs cx8.4s for my Soma Double Cross because the fork shudder was unbearable coming down hills)
Lastly, I hate the Surley stickers. I get it the whole "on the edge" rag- tag, counter culture thing. Thankfully with a hair-dryer, a credit care, and some acetone or goo-gone you can quickly eliminate all those logos -- I really appreciate not clear coating the labels -- Thanks Surley!
PROS: Easy To Install, Durable, Versatile, Comfortable
BEST USES: Road Biking, Casual Riding, Mountain Biking
I'm a bike mechanic and I was comissioned to build a bike for someone who has not ridden in many years. They wanted a single speed that they could use for recreation/fitness and commuting on paved and hard packed dirt roads. One of the first frame manufacturers that came to mind was Surly. What I really like about Surly is: they have designed frames that can be built for about anything you want, they use CroMoly steel made in many sizes making it easier to get a good fit, the quality is consistant and priced right. Long story short I chose the Cross-Check, because it has road bike qualities, and can be built for use on and off pavement. It has room to accommodate fatter tires for comfort. Also, if the client decided a single speed wasn't what they really wanted, they can add a derailleur and have multiple gears. The end result is the client couldn't be more pleased with the build. I can't wait to use the Cross-Check again.
I ordered the frame online and have put on some various ultegra and 105 level parts. The bike has been great; it has personality to the way it rides and sports a classic look. I would recommend buying the frame separate and hunting for good components online. She deserves better than the stock build up although to be honest it isn't that bad. With braze on connections for pannier racks and the do it all attitude this bike has I can't see too many limitations on what you can do with it other than not having the legs. The frame is heavy yes and acceleration could use a stiffer bottom end but that's not why your riding this guy. All my mates that have taken it for a spin will not shut up about how fun it is to ride around the city. Quote '' feels like a freight train " comes up all the time. Build it up as a cross bike, a single speed, a road bike, touring, just build one and ride.
PROS: Attractive Design, Versatile, Easy To Install, Classy Ride, Durable
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