Surly Cross Check

Mike has contributed a time or two on the blog and here is the Surly Cross Check he built in the spring of 2013 for a summer road tour across western Europe.

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Surly Crosscheck

“Over the past two months I built Surly Cross check to be my light touring and commuting bike of the future. I thought about this build for many hours during my tour through Central America. The Surly Troll as I had it is a perfect bike for hauling big loads of gear through second and third world conditions. I wanted a lighter, more classically styled 700c bike. Going forward I don’t know how many long term bicycle tours I will be able to pull off. Below are the details of the build for those who care.” -Mike V.

  • Surly Crosscheck - Bike Touring
  • Surly Crosscheck - Bike Touring
  • Surly Crosscheck - Bike Touring

Build and Parts List

  • Frame: 56cm Surly Cross Check
  • Wheels: Shimano XT 36h hubs, Mavic TN719 Rims
  • Tires: Schwalbe Dureme 700c 40mm
  • Crankset: Sugino 24-36-48
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano square taper
  • Shifters: Shimano Ulegra Bar End
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
  • Headset: Cane Creek 110
  • Stem: Nitto threadless 90mm 17d
  • Handlebars: Nitto Noodle 44cm
  • Brake Levers: Cane Creek Drop V
  • Brakes: Paul Components Motolite Linear Pull
  • Seatpost: Velo Orange Grand Cru
  • Seat: Brooks B17 Standard

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  • Ryder

    Nice setup. What size cassette did you use? Anything you didn’t like about the set-up?

  • Michael Viglianco

    It is a standard 9sp Deore cassette. 11 or 12 to 34 I believe. I loved/love this setup. I cannot think of anything I would change. The liner pull makes the attachment of the rear rack stays just a little bit tricky where you have to use some pliers to tighten the bolts but other than that…I can’t think of anything.

  • Ryder

    Thanks for reply. I think I might try the new Sugino 46-30 with an 11-34 Ultegra on a Cross Check. Looking for a bike for light weight touring that is a little more nimble that the Ogre/LHT. Love the steel😎

  • Dave Alkema

    What brand of rack do you use?

  • Edgar Kim

    Hello @disqus_YYPC0ZYgIO:disqus I am preparing to tour

  • Edgar Kim

    Hello @disqus_YYPC0ZYgIO:disqus I am preparing to do some touring around southeast Asia and have a size 56 crosscheck myself. I was looking into some panniers and a rack and read a lot about heels hitting the panniers on the crosscheck. What kind of rack did you use, what size shoes do you wear, and did you experience any heel strike? Also, do you recall how many kg of gear you were hauling and was the ride unstable? Lastly, if you could do it all over again would you opt for front panniers only instead of the rear? Thanks a lot for the help

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