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Surly Cross Check

Daily Commuter.

Frame:
Surly Cross Check / 60cm / 2016

Fork/Headset:
Stock / VP Comp

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Andel TRS21-7112 / Shimano Ultegra 6800

Pedals:
Wellgo B132

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Halo Clickster 18t / IRD Defiant 46t / KMC Z410

Handlebars/Stem:
Uno Riser / Dimension

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fizik Arione / Soma Layback / Salsa Lip-Lock

Brakes:
TRP CX9 Brakes / Shimano R550 Levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype / Formula RB-91 / Michelin Cyclo Cross Sprint

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype / Formula TH-51 / Michelin Cyclo Cross Sprint

Accessories:
Classique Cargo HD Front Rack, Minoura Bottle Cage, Generic Saddle Pack

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Gettin' Rad

Current Stage Info:

Got the tires super cheap and couldn't pass them up. Also needed a way to transport beer and pizza, so my LBS hooked me up with the front cargo rack. A bit of a hassle to fit, but works great!

Added by m_sobie. Last updated 10 months ago.

15 Comments

thecommutist

thecommutist says:

Hell yeah dude!

Posted almost 3 years ago

edward91

edward91 says:

this or the nature boy?

Posted about 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Both! Obviously, haha!

It really depends on what you want out of the bike. If it's a tad bit more sexiness you're after in a strict single speed, than the Nature Boy for sure. But if you want to utilize the frame in the future, like with the addition of gears or racks, while still remaining fun, then definitely the Cross Check. If I HAD to choose one, it would be the Surly for the ability to adapt to new riding styles.

Posted about 3 years ago

edward91

edward91 says:

coming from simple and clean bikes the nature boy is looking really good. that means sticking with SS though. then keep my current wheels or jump In to discs?! both of your bikes look great!

Posted about 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks man!

There are plenty of v-brake options out there that provide just as much braking power as discs, such as the TRP CX8.4s. Getting a Nature Boy (non-disc) will save you from purchasing another wheelset when the one you have is plenty good. You would only need the brakes, a freewheel if you'd prefer, and larger tires so you can get the utmost radness out of it.

Posted about 3 years ago

edward91

edward91 says:

I love the idea of vbrakes but I'll be using drop bars most of the time. it's most likely cantis or discs for me. thanks for your help!

Posted about 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

The TRP CX8.4's are designed for short pull levers (like road dropbar). There are also other manufacturers of this style of brakes. The technical term is "mini-v brakes." Check 'em out!

Posted about 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

The CX9's on this bike are also designed for short-pull levers, but are now discontinued. The Shimano R550 levers I am using on here are considered flatbar road bike levers, so they are designed for short-pull brakes (canti, mini-v, road caliper).

Posted about 3 years ago

luke_volky

luke_volky says:

v niiice

Posted over 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks. Really diggin' your 1x1. Almost went with one of those over the CC, but I had more bits laying around to build this up.

Posted over 3 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

Ballin'

Posted over 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks man!

Posted over 3 years ago

vp1337

vp1337 says:

Looks amazing so far :)

Posted over 3 years ago

ghostridethewhip

ghostridethewhip says:

+1

Posted over 3 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Thanks. It has definitely made commuting a whole new adventure.

Posted over 3 years ago