SF Cross Check
by Albert Reinhardt

Surly Crosscheck offroad fixed gear bike

With its meaty tires, this Cross-Check feels like it's living up to its Surly name. I purchased the frame used and built it up as a XC fixie, a path racer. It's fun to weave through the singletrack of Golden Gate Park. The tires, sprung Brooks saddle and wide WTB dirt drops give the bike a balanced, stable feel.

I also use it as my round town bike. 42x17 gearing is the right combo for the ups and downs of San Francisco. I even gave it a temporary makeover this fall as a gentlemen's cruiser, complete with fenders, north road bars and basket. With the winter weather clearing up and the park drying out though I switched back to the original configuration.

This is my newest bike by a couple years, but easily my favorite. I love the ride and the feeling I get in finally clearing a tricky section of trail without clipping a pedal.

2001 Surly Cross-check 60cm WTB Dirt Drops generic stem Shimano BB 105 front hub laced 32x to MA-3 rim Suzue 32h flip flip rear hub laced to Open Pro rim 17t generic rear cog Sugino75 170 crank w/ 42 generic ring Wellgo clipless pedals Campagnolo aero seatpost Brooks Conquest saddle lx cantilever brakes DiaCompe aero levers Continental Town & Country 700x35 tires

You know those neat little drawings you see on our section pages? Those are Albert's work. He has his own web studio and wants to hear from you.

v1.0 written March 2003

Surly feature heavily on the Links page. If you're interested in a Cross Check, read Raoul Morley's review.

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