Surly Cross Check

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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.

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.