Surly Cross-Check Cyclocross Bike

4.66/5 (44 Reviews)
MSRP : $1150.00

Product Description

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Commuter

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2016

Strengths:    Versatility, versatility, versatility. Cr

Weaknesses:    Nit picking: canti studs are not removable.

Bottom Line:   
I trolled Kijiji ads when my mystery metal beater frame cracked after years of pounding, hoping to stumble upon a replacement frameset on which I could install all my fallen beater's components. When a 2015 Cross-check SS popped up I pounced. I'm delighted with the results.

I subscribe completely to the design principle behind the CC. In two or three words, it's this: versatility, versatility, versatility. The Cross-Check does nothing superbly but does do everything well--or at least satisfactorily. There are ample bosses, braze-ons and clearance to accommodate fenders, racks and a wide range of tire sizes. Yes tourers will probably find the chainstays a bit short and geometry tight; and competitors, the frameset a bit heavy; and fixie riders, the look a bit too cluttered; but that's the price to be paid for a superb all-rounder. It's been said before: if you could only have one bike it would be a Cross-check or its like.

Here are my observaions of my 56cm CC built up as a fixed gear utility/commuter with 28c Schwalbe Marathons. I thought toe touch would be a problem but with 165mm cranks and 28c tires there's sufficient clearance--even with fenders installed. I suspect that 32c tires and fenders would result in some contact. I was pleased with the generous length of the horizontal dropouts--I didn't have to resort to half-links in the chain to achieve an optimal rear wheel position in the drops.

The tighter geometry (compared to my 25 year old beater) makes for more responsiveness and the CC is noticeably stiffer than my other steel bikes (Columbus Brain, Reynolds 531). Overall, the build is only slightly lighter than the straight gauge beater it replaced, all the fenders tires and accessories packing on the pounds. But weight is really not the prime consideration. If it is for you look elsewhere.

My only surprise--and complaint, though it is minor--is that the canti-studs are not removable. Strange that what is a trivial feature wasn't incorporated into the CC's frameset, especially given the extensive thought obviously put into every other aspect of the design. Minus one off the Overall rating for that oversight (I'm a curmudgeon).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2014

Strengths:    Comfortable ride, versatile, tough, reasonably quick.

Weaknesses:    It's heavier than many bikes, but it's just not that big of a deal. The stock saddles are crappy. My first crosscheck was a beautiful shade of red, the newer 62cm frame is black which I'm not crazy about, it's not as visible in low light and it shows dirt easily. I also don't care for the Surly graphics and lettering on the bike. But these are minor complaints and when I'm on the bike enjoying the ride it's all good.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 62 and ride 25-60 miles a week, now training for longer rides. I got my first cross check about ten years ago when my old Trek road bike was stolen. My brother is in the bicycle business and he got me the Surly for wholesale, lucky me. I originally had a 2004 model, 60cm frame, and although I liked the bike a lot, the fit never felt quite right, even with a pro fitting. Last year I found a used 62cm frame and swapped it out and I'm much happier with the fit and performance. People talk about buying this bike in a smaller size because of the top tube length, however it really depends on your build. I'm 6'1", 175 lbs, but much of my height is in my torso rather than my legs, and the 62cm frame instantly felt better to me. I replaced the stock saddle right away as they are not very good, and recently upgraded the original tires to slightly wider 35mm Panaracer T-serv. (great, bullet-proof tires). I replaced the brake pads with Kool-Stops, a cheap upgrade which made a big difference in stopping power. I will probably upgrade the wheels and drive train components over time as they start to wear. The new tires definitely give a more secure feeling ride and as a result I'm spending more time riding on dirt and gravel, the bike seems to love it. I also changed the handlebars to a slightly swept riser style and added spacers to put me more upright. The handlebars are fitted with twist shifters, which I am addicted to, and I added handlebar extensions so I can have an alternative grip... it's more like a mountain bike setup that way, although I don't do that type of riding. If I had to do it over again, I'd buy the frame only and build it up myself. I recently bought a Cross Check for my wife (in the smallest frame size as she is petite) and she really loves the bike, the only thing we changed out was the saddle.

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Favorite Ride:   Cross Check

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   wholesale

Similar Products Used:   80s vintage heavy steel Trek road bike, when it was stolen I got the Surly. No comparison, the Surly is a blast to ride.

Bike Setup:   Panaracer T-serv 35mm tires, Kool-stop brake pads, upright handlebar setup with twist shifters, upgraded saddle & pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pavement, dirt roads, trails

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2014

Strengths:    Frame/fork, great multi-terrain versatility

Weaknesses:    Almost every important stock part has frustrated or failed me in some way: shifters, brake hoods, both front & rear derailleurs, rear cassette

Bottom Line:   
this bike is able to overcome the problems with highly terrain specific & stratified designs of most bikes today, especially non road bikes. You can ride this bike thru the city, on neighborhood cruises, for commuting, and on trails in the forests and mountains (trails with roots, rocks, drops, challenging climbs, and fast, turning descents) in the way a good 90s mountain bike would ride. I would STRONGLY caution buyers to only buy the stock complete if they know for sure they will be riding mellow terrain at a moderate level. If you plan only to ride roads, I'd image a lighter, better functioning, more streamlined setup would work better for you. If you are riding off roads in any way, I think the stock setup will fail, frustrate, and disappoint you. Almost all aspects of the drivetrain have required repair at some level, shifters have come loose and fallen out of the bars, rear derailleur and cassette are ghost shifting and failing to shift, and front derailleur has had problems involving my being unable to ride home in the bigger ring. Frame and fork ride superb and smooth, making riding fun, challenging, and progressive, but if you are able to build this bike up with better parts that you know will work for your needs, and not buy the stock complete, definitely do that.

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Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi volpe

Bike Setup:   Stock, with Bruce Gordon rock n road tires, 43c (which are working out great for me on the all terrain)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2014

Strengths:    Steel frame, a bit heavy... if you push a pencil around all day. The frame rocks, as do the parts that come w/ the stock bike. It's called getting a stand and getting your hands dirty every 2 weeks. If that's not your style bring it in + have a minimal tune-up (major $80 tune-ups are wastes unless you have a major issue) every 6 mos. to a year. the Shimano parts haven't failed me once and I love the bar end shifters. Also you can arrange the seat for (x)positions depending on what your doing. Finally, I love Surly and their attitude. It's like "just ride + quit the complaining".

Weaknesses:    At first I thought the lack of color choices, I mean gravy brown? Now I get it. The saddle is poor + I replaced it. I bought Continental all weather tires b/c they're faster in the city and won't slide out from under you in the rain, but kept the stock tires.

Bottom Line:   
I've never been on the road (mostly city riding in Bay Area) with a problem I couldn't fix. The bike is light for steel unless weighed down with panniers (get a biking bag). I love clipless steel Shimano pedals on mine and keep it clean and lubed. I don't forsee ever ridding myself of the Surly. I love it's ability to be anything you want, accommodating the rider in all weather and road/path conditions. Stop the whining.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by crazy gal on a bike

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2014

Strengths:    The steel frame. Yes - steel. I've ridden everything but titanium, and steel just flat out works. This bike is no exception. The fit - This frame fits great - no problems there. Versatility - there isn't anything I can do on this bike that doesn't work - tour, ride, road, fire trails, single/doubel track.

Weaknesses:    Mine was not a stock build - so no issues with brakes or cranks.

Bottom Line:   
Overall - gotta say I love this bike. Bought it off craigslist - got a great deal on a full build. It is great!!! I put different tires on it from what came with it - Schwalbe smart sams in 700 X 40. Great ride, handles great - makes me smile while riding it. Bought with plan to ride on fire roads near my home - it does this beautifully. It will also see some canal work and singletrack work as well. I may even take it on a short tour. Can't say enough nice things about it.

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