Thursday, December 6, 2012

Travel By Bike Thursday

Today we are going to cover a touring/commuting bike that can be raced as well.  This is the Surly Cross-Check and it comes in a geared version or single speed as well.  The top picture is the geared one and the second picture is the single speed set up.  Either way this bike will serve you well for many years to come!  You are also able to purchase the frame set only and build your own special Cross-Check however you want!

Geared Cross-Check

Single Speed Cross-Check

Let's see what Surly has to say:

The Cross-Check was the third frame we ever offered, and we offered it as a complete bike a year after the introduction of the frame. It’s a cyclo-cross bike by category, but we try to design a lot of versatility into our stuff. You can ride it on the road or off. It’s got lots of space for fat tires and for fenders. It does as good a job getting you across the country as it does getting you across town. If you get bored with how it’s built, change it. It can be a geared bike, or a single speed or fixed gear. Big tires? Check. Skinny tires? Check.

Neither the frame nor the component spec of the bike have changed much since we introduced it almost a decade ago because…well, why should it? We have made a few changes and updates over the years when those changes were either necessary or just plain a good idea. For instance, we added mid-blade eyelets to the fork for mounting a front rack. This isn’t a touring bike per se, but it will handle lighter touring loads, and a front rack can make that easier. This year we gave it a new fork crown too, with threaded eyelets for adding…things. Need a place to mount a spare light? Got a mini rack that needs anchor points? You’re covered. 

There’s a reason we still offer the Cross-Check after all these years. The frame is comfy and tough as nails. We continue to hear from people who have made the Cross-Check their default go-to bike simply because it performs so astonishingly well. It’s one of the best riding, most versatile bikes around. 

Now for some words from an employee on their Cross-Check:

I have had the Cross-Check for almost 1 year now and have put over 1700 miles on it.  The bike has been extremely reliable and it is a great bike to ride for commuting to work over 40 miles round trip.  I upgraded the rear derailleur to a Ultegra, changed the gearing from a 9-speed to 10-speed, and upgraded the brakes out of personal choice.  I added fenders for rainy weather commuting and a rear rack to carry my panniers and gear bag.

Are there lighter bikes out there?  Sure
Are there flashier bikes out there? Sure
Are there more reliable bikes out there? Very Unlikely


FrameSurly Cross-Check, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded. Rear rack bosses
ForkSurly Cross-Check, 100% CroMoly, lugged + brazed crown. 1-1/8˝ threadless steerer. Uncut


CranksetAndel RSC6 , 36/48t. Black
Front DerailleurShimano Sora , FD-3403. Silver
Rear DerailleurShimano Deore , M591SGS. Long cage. Black
Cog or CogsetShimano Tiagra HG50 , 11-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-32t
ChainSRAM PC-971 , Silver


HeadsetCane Creek 40 , 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
Bottom BracketShimano UN-54 , 68 x 107mm. Square taper interface
BrakesTektro cantilever , CR720 model. Black
Brake LeversTektro , RL341 short reach on 42, 46 & 50mm frames. RL340 standard reach on all others
ShiftersShimano bar-end SL-BS77, 2/3 x 9-speed, friction setting
StemKalloy AS-008, 26.0mm bar clamp. Aluminum. 4-bolt face. Black
HandlebarSalsa Bell Lap , Black
SaddleWTB SST Comp , Steel rails. Black vinyl. Feels...not bad
SeatpostKalloy SP-342 , 27.2mm. 300mm. Black
ExtrasSurly stainless steel post clamp, 14g DT Swiss spokes. Some pretty sweet & comfy cork tape


HubsShimano Deore , M590. QR. 32h. Black
RimsAlex DA-16 , 700c. Double wall. 32h
TiresRitchey Speedmax Comp, Low center tread, pronounced side knobs. 32mm

Right not at Tom's Pro Bike we have a Size 54cm frame set for $429.00.  
If you are interested in this and mention the blog we will help you build the bike of your commuting/touring dreams up for $415.00 for the frame set and if you purchase all the components from Tom's Pro Bike we will build the bike for free for you!

If you want a complete geared bike we can order one for you!
Surly MSRP: $1150.00
Tom's Blog Bike Price: $1090.00 - You must mention this blog to receive this price!
Call for pricing on a complete Single Speed Cross-Check!

Stop by and talk to us if you are interested in ordering a Cross-Check or getting some component's to build the bike of your dreams up!  If you want to test ride a full build let Tom know and I can bring my bike in for you to test ride.  You won't be disappointed!

Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086

P: (716)651-9995
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