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Buy a Cross-Check at JensonUSA

Surly Cross-Check

2008



Description 

We said it before and we'll say it again: A cyclocross bike by category, the Cross-Check has proven itself over and over in the real world, on the streets, in the dirt, through muck and sleet, blazing sun and dark of night, over exhilarating trails, through hectic traffic and long stretches of uninterrupted back road boredom. Think of the Cross-Check like an army jeep: tough as nails and used for everything. It's been changed very little over the years because it works great as it is.

What makes the Cross Check a great commuter is the combination of a geometry inspired by road racers, utilitarian features like eyelets for mounting fenders and racks, and room for comfortable tires.  The bike can fit a 700x43 tire with plenty of room for fenders.  The semi-horizontal dropouts can be used with a traditional derailleur, internal hub, or single speed.  Cross check is quick handling, comfortable over long distances, and able to carry whatever you want to load on its back.  The only limit is the imagination of the person building it.

The listed specifications are for the complete bike.  The cross check is also available as a frameset for custom builds.


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Geometry 

Size

42cm

46cm

50cm

52cm

54cm

56cm

58cm

60cm

62cm

Stem Length
inches
mm


2.5
65.0


3.1
80.0


3.1
80.0


4.1
100.0


4.1
100.0


4.1
100.0


4.7
120.0


4.7
120.0


4.7
120.0

Stem Angle**
degrees


84.0°


84.0°


84.0°


96.0°


96.0°


96.0°


96.0°


96.0°


96.0°

Hbar Width
inches
mm


15.7
400.0


15.7
400.0


16.5
420.0


16.5
420.0


17.3
440.0


17.3
440.0


17.3
440.0


18.1
460.0


18.1
460.0

Crank Length
inches
mm


6.7
170.0


6.7
170.0


6.7
170.0


6.7
170.0


6.9
175.0


6.9
175.0


6.9
175.0


6.9
175.0


6.9
175.0


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Frame 

Frame

Surly Cross-Check

100% Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted.
TIG-welded. Rear rack bosses


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Drivetrain 

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

Crankarms

Cyclone

110mm BCD. Silver

Chainrings

Andel

36 x 48t, ramped and pinned. Black

Pedals

NOT INCLUDED

NOT INCLUDED

Bottom Bracket

Shimano Deore LX

#BB-UN54, 68x113mm

Seatpost

Kalloy Uno

27.2mm x 250mm. Black

Seatpost Clamp

Surly Stainless

Natural Silver

Saddle

Velo Endzone

Steel rails, vinyl cover. Black

Cassette

Shimano Tiagra

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

Chain

Shimano HG-73

9-Speed compatible


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Price 

$751 - $1000
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Websites

SurlyVille
The Surly Bicycle Builds Pool

Users who contributed to this page

Arsbars


jeffdrafttech


mosquitojoyride


Pictures (click to make them grow)

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Leave Your Comments

misterhare
March 21, 2008
I think the stickers on this bike are...an acquired taste? But I think Surly knows that too, and that's why they put them above the clear coat. I took mine off within the first week with a hairdryer and old credit card.

phil83
March 21, 2008
The Swiss Army Knife of bikes. Eye lets for fenders & racks. Skinny tires or 700x45 tires it does it all. You can weigh down with racks and panniers and it rides steady. I like it because it's not one of those big brand bikes. Also steel bikes ride like butter. And don't get worried by the bar-end shifters. They work better and have less trouble then those STI's The Grey color is in m opinion gorgeous it is slightly darker then what the web site shows. You really can't go wrong with this bike! Support your local bike store and buy from them! I bought from a LBS for cheeper then any online retailer.

neatmike
March 21, 2008
I bought the complete build because it's a great value. I added paul thumbies and some bars with 35 degrees of sweep for comfort. This thing is so comfy and smooth that I may never ride my other bikes again.

ladyclay
March 22, 2008
This is a super-smooth ride - the steel really takes the edge off poorly-maintained city streets. Keep in mind that the chainstays are short - I haven't had any problems with heel-strike against my panniers, but if it's been a problem for you in the past make sure you have some way to fine-tune your setup.

jimbo
April 24, 2008
The ability to run large tyres helps in smoothing out the streets too. I almost bought this bike but bought the Raleigh sojeurn. I really had to have the disk brakes and like the longer stays. Although the bags I use most often will work fine on this bike with no heal strike. They are Baggins bags from rivendale.

yoyodyne
April 30, 2008
Flexibility is the main attraction here. I've had mine setup as a singlespeed light trail bike, full fendered commuter w/rack, and as a weekend road ride. It just works so well in so many different incarnations.

Good_Karma
April 30, 2008
I added a Cross Check to our stable as my main utility/commuter bike and absolutely love it. I like a bar end mirror so the first thing I did was install down tube shifters. I've since added a set of PB Cascadia fenders, a Tubus Cargo rack and a Lone Peak rack trunk. I am absolutely in love with my Surly and have started to eye a MTB frame too. I'm definitely impressed with the bike and would recommend it to anyone interested in this type of bike. I also agree on buying from your LBS. I was going to order from Jensons but asked my LBS if they would meet their price, which they were more than happy to do. Ride a Surly!

climbhoser
May 16, 2008
neatmike, I saw you bult a Pake C'mute for your wife. I have a Cross Check, and love it, but the geometry just isn't working out. I was going to buy a Pake C'Mute, but I wanted to hear some first hand info on the frame. Mostly I wanna know how the build quality compares to the Surly? Is it as heavy? How about the paint? Y'know, a general side by side as to which frame is nicer, and why. Mostly I feel bad giving up a great frame for a weaker one, though I doubt the Pake would be weaker. I'm coming off of a 56cm Cross Check and thinking a 52 Pake. Whaddaya think about that? Thanks Adam

cafiend
June 1, 2008
Correction: Pake has substantially similar geometry to the Cross Check, but slightly shorter effective top tube lengths and a sloping actual top tube. My other observations about the shorter rear dropouts still apply, and the top tubes aren't significantly shorter. I like what look like low rider rack bosses on the fork but the shorter rear dropout looks like it might compromise load carrying capability by forcing a more forward rear axle position.

cafiend
May 31, 2008
Pake has basically the same geometry as the Cross Check, so if you had a fit issue with a given size you will still have it. Other than that the Pake has a shorter rear dropout, so less range of adjustment for wheel position. That means you'd be restricted to closer gears if doing a Dingle cog or two-sided hub as a single-speed.

neatmike
June 17, 2008
Climbhoser: The Pake has very similar geometry. What about your current ride is bothering you? Neither one will be "racy" like a road bike, but I think they handle great. I built up the Pake for my wife and was comfortable pulling wheelies on it's first test ride. It felt very stable and predictable to me. Paint quality seems to be ok thus far. The frame was not too heavy, probably really close to my Surly if the size was the same. The ride is super smooth, which I think is the real point of riding a steel bike.

neatmike
June 17, 2008
I just bought some Panaracer Fire Cross 45c tires to make my Cross Check into a monster cross bike. I love this thing, it does anything you want it to do. Hopefully I get my act together and add some pictures with the fatty knobby tires on it.

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