palu said:Actually, the cross check will take 45 tires, so it could handle that. I'm in the Rockies, too, and although I haven't seen a cross bike on the trails, I ride fully rigid, so I know it can be done. And still be fun.
But you are correct--IMO, I don't like getting a bike that is an "all-arounder" bike. I'd rather have one for each different purpose. I still think you should go with a Surly Steamroller from UC. Solid frames.
big_slacker said:But even with 45s you've now created a fully rigid SS mountain bike with skinny tires, narrow bars and geometry that might be a bit off for technical riding. And you've created a road bike with tires way too big and gearing that will spin out at 15mph. Too many compromises considering I already have a ride with 2.25" knobbies, 32/18 gearing, wide bars and a suspension fork.
I will look into the steamroller. Jenson has them on sale but they're in track bike form. I might want to try a fixie in the future but for now I want brakes and the ability to coast.