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    Any SSCX for with clearance for 40mm+ tires?

    I'm looking at buying/building a summer commuter and around-town bike, inspired by this bike here: What kind of saddle is this?
    Only minimalist. SS, no fenders, no racks, no lights, etc.

    Roads are not good in the South Bay and I'd like the widest darn tires I can fit.

    I'm aware of the Surly Straggler/SS Cross Check and the Fantom Cross UNO, which both claim to fit 42mm rubber. The Surlys will probably be heavier than I'd like, and the UNO has more of a track geometry which might may not be my thing. Also, 120mm rear hub spacing. I'm not sure that's an issue, but I'll probably want wide rims to go with wide tires so 135mm spacing would be better.

    Any thoughts?

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    I've been riding a SS CrossCheck with 44s with fenders for 13 yrs. Without fenders you can get 50s on there. Not the lightest bike but not heavy either. It''s a bomber bike. Very off-roadable. The Knotright rear spacing allows 130 and 135 rear hubs, so your options are many.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patirwin View Post
    I've been riding a SS CrossCheck with 44s with fenders for 13 yrs. Without fenders you can get 50s on there.
    Good luck!
    That's big, and pretty awesome.
    Time to study some bikes.

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    If you build it up with light parts, a heavier frame like the cross check won't penalize you that much. It is mainly because the stock build is a bit heavy that the cross check is heavy. Especially true if you swap out the sock fork for carbon fiber.

    Sent from a one-finger keyboard...pardon my autocorrect

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    on one pompino or pentamine
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    According to the on-one site, the pompino/pompetamine only fit up to 35mm tires. I've got 37s on my commuter right now and they aren't as cush as I'd like.
    Maybe I should just put drop bars on a rigid 29er and call it a day?

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    Make sure to get the right size frame if you go that route. Cross and road bikes will have a shorter top tube because your hands will be on the hoods (about 4 inches farther forward).

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    Singular gryphon? Not a CX bike at all, but might work for the
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    Soma Wolverine and AllCity Nature Boy (or Nature Boy Disc) would also be options.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Soma Wolverine! I think that's the one!

    Edit: I see that it's belt compatible. Is it too nit-picky to want a frame that doesn't split, since I'll probably never run a belt?

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    Yes, unless you're willing to commit to a custom frame. When you find issue with the variety of options that have been presented, custom is the only way to get 100% of what you're looking for.

    What's wrong with the All-City Nature Boy? It has everything you seek. Need it even lighter? They have a ZONA model for that.

    Sure, it does have fender mounts, as does pretty much every other bike presented as an option here, but they are hidden. It does clear the 700x41 Surly Nards, too.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Nothing wrong with the Nature Boy, website just says it only takes 38s. If larger tires will fit, great.

    The thing with the belt drive split is I see it as a potential weak point. Maybe that's not a valid concern, but it still makes me apprehensive, and it's not really a "feature" if I won't use it.

    I have plenty of good options all around.

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    Any SSCX for with clearance for 40mm+ tires?-masi-010.jpgAny SSCX for with clearance for 40mm+ tires?-masi-009.jpg
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    2012 Masi SS CX I was running Panaracer 700x45 firecross tires. Sorry for the front yard shots, don't judge me.
    BTW 19.5 lbs as pictured on a bathroom scale.

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    Very nice! I have difficult choices to make, it would seem.

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