Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Surly Cross-Check

The Surly Cross-Check is probably one of the most popular all-rounders, so it's about time we mentioned it here. At City Bikes, you can purchase the complete bike for $1,050 or the frameset for $410.

The frame is steel, and it has eyelets for fenders and braze-ons for a rear rack. The fork allows plenty of room for wider tires.

Here's the specs for the complete bike:

Frame: 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded. Rear rack bosses

Fork: CroMoly, lugged + brazed crown. 1-1/8" threadless steerer

Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp. 1-1/8" threadless, w/ 15mm spacers
(+ 10mm clamp-on hanger = 25mm stack total). Black

Stem: Kalloy 1-1/8" threadless. Forged. Black

Handlebars: Salsa Moto Ace Bell-Lap 26.0mm clamp diameter. Black

Brake Levers: Tektro #R200A standard levers on 52-62cm sizes, R100A small hand levers on 42-50cm

Brakes: Tektro Oryx cantilever #992, black

Shift Levers: Shimano Bar-end type #SL-BS77. 9-Speed

Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra #FD-4500 Double

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra #RD-4500-GS Mid-cage

Crankset: Andel Forged arms, Silver aluminum, granny ring compatible. 110mm BCD rings, 36 & 48t, ramped and pinned, Black


Bottom Bracket: Shimano Deore LX #BB-UN54, 68x113mm

Seatpost: Kalloy Uno 27.2mm x 250mm. Black

Saddle: WTB SST Steel rails. Black

Cassette: Shimano Tiagra #HG-53 9-speed 12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25t

Chain: Shimano HG-73 9-Speed compatible

Hubs: Shimano Deore #HU-M510. 32 hole, 100mm O.L.D. front, 135mm O.L.D. rear.

Rims: Alex #AL-DA16. 32 hole x 700c. Black

Tires: Ritchey SpeedMax Cross 700x32 Wire bead. Black wall

For fun, check out the Surly blog.


Michael Green said...

I'd love to get added to your blog roll.

I've been writing about Urban Bicycle Culture for over 5 years. Perhaps a bit longer than half of the blogs you have listed.

I really like the information on your blog.

Check me out and let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

Any one equip this frame for an upright commuter with Shimano 8? How much did it cost?

Freewheel said...

Michael G. - Thanks for stopping by. I added a link to your blog & will check it out.

Anon - I hope you find an answer to your question. My personal recommendation is to check out the Fuji Cambridge, which I recently did a post on. I really like its looks and specs.

Rain Clair said...

There's probably a way to email you directly, but I don't know anything about blogs. I'm writing because I'm in the research phase of purchasing my first bike in 10 years. It's for a 5 mile work commute and for righting around town and by the beach. I've narrowed it down to 3 comfort style bikes...Electra Townie 7d, KHS Smoothie and Diamondback Serene Deluxe. Could you please give me your insight on my choices and what you think of them? I'm a girl, but I figure you seem pretty into the comfort bike scene in general. Thank you so very much for your time.

rainydaylove at

Craig said...

Freewheel-- I am very interested in the Cambridge. Also considering the Globe Live 2 (when it comes out-- but am ambivalent given that it is an unknown quantity) or the new Raleigh Superbe 2009. Thoughts?

Amy said...

Ah, the CrossCheck. Very popular, so much so that I found one to ride when I was looking for a new bike. Didn't like it! But I think I just prefer an Al bike. Went w/ a Bianchi cross bike instead and it's great.

It's amazing how many bikes are out there. You HAVE to test ride to know for sure if it's right for you!