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    You can try to find old style Thomson Elites on sale. I bought mine for about 40$

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    Cross Check pics please

    Here's mine. New dark and dirty blue. Love it. Deore drivetrain with 105 shifters, Thomson seat post, and midge dirt drops. I'm still figuring out how low I want the bars considering you spend most time in the drops with the midge. I usually ride a 56cm but went with a 54. Think I should have stuck with 56 but regardless, I'm still very happy with the ride.

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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

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    Re: Cross Check pics please


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    My Surly No5 rolling last week.
    My big bro gave me his 4 year old fixie bike- a UK made Pearson Touche, which was too small at a 52cm frame for myself. A 56cm CC frameset turned up on eBay, i won the auction, and have since sold the Pearson frame to re-coup some of the outlay, and vola a fixie Cross-Check

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    Nice pics, coastkid.

    From today's mixed terrain ride. Some pretty rough descents, but lots of fun. Rock n Roads performed flawlessly, once again. I had them at about 55psi, as I was afraid of pinch flats down the rocky parts. Rattled through and luckily no flats.




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    Traveller's Check.

    Looks like the Traveller's Check is making a comeback. Can't grab the link but go to the bikes page and check it out. Also, the Cross Check will be orange this year. I don't get too excited about colors but an orange CC is pretty cool.
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    That is a sexy orange. Does anyone want to Email surly and ask if there is an RAL code for that?

    I've done it so many times I think they might be sick of me.

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    Oh, man, the Dark Dirty Blue was just trumped by Dream Tangerine. Love that color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    Oh, man, the Dark Dirty Blue was just trumped by Dream Tangerine. Love that color.
    Check the color on the SS CC--Cuba Libre.

    Cross-Check SS | Bikes | Surly Bikes

    Lots of good colors this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Check the color on the SS CC--Cuba Libre.

    Cross-Check SS | Bikes | Surly Bikes

    Lots of good colors this year.
    I like this even more than the new orange! I really want one of these...

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    What, another black CC? Meh. The previous grey-blue Blark Due is only eclipsed by the older pale-grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Looks like the Traveller's Check is making a comeback. Can't grab the link but go to the bikes page and check it out. Also, the Cross Check will be orange this year. I don't get too excited about colors but an orange CC is pretty cool.
    Time to sell my standard CC!
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    I had some random thoughts about selling my CC--with my new Velo Orange Camargue taking care of my utility riding, and an old Trek 620 for fixed gear duties, the CC didn't really have a role. But after seeing Psychle's flat bar CC, I had to have one. Luckily, I had all the spare parts in my garage to build up something similar:



    I find I'm really enjoying this build, light and simple and quick. It's my go-to bike for medium paced solo rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post

    That is sick! I can see why it would be an inspiration...

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    I see Surly has a new Cross Check "Coming Soon" : Cross-Check | Bikes | Surly Bikes

    Anyone have any thoughts on when "soon" might be????

    Looks like the updated some of the components on the full build...mainly looks like it is a now a 10-speed as opposed to 9-speed cog. Would be silly to buy the current model with a new one right around the corner...right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach-alx View Post
    Would be silly to buy the current model with a new one right around the corner...right?
    Not necessarily. If you want a more traditional CX build, you better grab this year's model before they run out. The new build is completely different with Knards, v-brakes, wide space gearing - a rim-brake Straggler. More of a monstercross/gravel grinder than CX. Pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I had some random thoughts about selling my CC--with my new Velo Orange Camargue taking care of my utility riding, and an old Trek 620 for fixed gear duties, the CC didn't really have a role. But after seeing Psychle's flat bar CC, I had to have one. Luckily, I had all the spare parts in my garage to build up something similar:
    I like your taste in bikes. I have an '83 Trek 500 set up fixed, a Rawland Stag, and of course the CC. In about a month, there will be a new iteration of the CC. Despite the other bikes I have, the CC definitely ranks up there. Only reason I would sell this one is to get the new orange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    It's my go-to bike for medium paced solo rides.
    Really!? I thought the Camargue handled so much better? I knew you couldn't get rid of your CC so easily.
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    I actually had a CL ad posted for it, but I somewhat subconsciously set the price a bit too high I am thinking about a low trail fork for the CC, though, if the rumored Soma Champs-Elysees fork ever comes out.

    With three road bikes in the garage (and three mountain), I'm starting to get the itch to thin the herd though...

    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Really!? I thought the Camargue handled so much better? I knew you couldn't get rid of your CC so easily.

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    Klunkercross.

    I've had my CC for 8yrs this Sept. It's been through so many changes. I've threatened to sell it but just can't bring myself to put it up for sale. It's a perfect commuter and a great all-road rambler. It's been set up as a SS commuter for the past couple of months with rack, fenders and flat pedals. I took all that stuff off earlier this year and set it up as a Klunkercross earlier this year. It was great. If I wasn't so lazy I'd probably set it up as shown in the second photo which is from 7yrs ago when it was set-up as a 1x9 with a flat bar and 44mm tires.

    Is it possible that the CC is too versatile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I actually had a CL ad posted for it, but I somewhat subconsciously set the price a bit too high I am thinking about a low trail fork for the CC, though, if the rumored Soma Champs-Elysees fork ever comes out.

    With three road bikes in the garage (and three mountain), I'm starting to get the itch to thin the herd though...
    Sounds like a cool project. I read a blog post somewhere from a guy who had his fork reraked by a local framebuilder to decrease the trail. Can't remember if it was a CC or LHT. The guy seemed to like it.
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    Freshened Up Cross Check

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    New rubber - 38mm Compass Barlow Pass tires

    and

    New handlebar - Nitto "Mark's" Bar

    Liking the setup. Those Compass tires are smooooooth. And fast, despite the huge size. Plus, I think they fill out the frame nicely. The Mark's bar has a good deal less reach than the Nitto Rando bars I had on before, which improved the fit just so. They look a little weird at the angle I have them, but are very comfy in the drops.
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    Todays Ride

    Took a nice little 24 mile ride on some of California's lush green valley dirt roads.

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    Been wanting to post my Cross Check for a long time, and now I finally have it set up just right. I've browsed this thread more times than I care to admit. Thanks, everyone, for the inspiration!

    60cm bought as complete. Upgrades include: Salsa Cowbell 46cm handlebars, Selle Anatomica Titanico X saddle, SKS Longboard fenders, and Revelate Tangle frame bag.

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    my two...

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    mine is now century ride approved.
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    New wheels for the CC.

    The sidewalls on the wheels on my CC were going and I finally replaced them with some new hoops--Mavic A319. The rear wheel is entirely new with a Surly 135mm fixed/free hub. I also added a Hurdy Gurdy. I didn't have a big problem with chain tension and keeping the wheel in straight but with time it would loosen up. Now it's not an issue. The Hurdy Gurdy plays nice with fenders and rear rack. It'll be nice to have the option to ride fixed.

    Still using the Open Bar on the CC although it may be time to go back to drops, Cowbells, for a while. Seems like I change the cockpit around on this bike yearly.
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    India/Nepal build

    rebuild of the old Cross check.

    surlys 26"x3" knard up front.

    Scwable 700c x 50c on the rear.

    surly 1x1 fork.

    More over at A FEW SKETCHY MOMENTS.
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    Funky bike you have there.
    Which Marathon do you have on the back? Mondial?
    Thanks

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    It is a Scwable Marathon Dureme, sitting on a Velocity cliff hanger rim.
    Have used this rear set up on a couple of tours and seems to work well. However the clearance is pretty tight. So if the conditions where muddy it may not be very good.

    Yeeewwwwww!

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    That thing looks awesome, bicyclerust. Love the Swift bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclerust View Post
    It is a Scwable Marathon Dureme, sitting on a Velocity cliff hanger rim.
    Thanks!

    Anyone know if a 700x50c Mondial would fit?

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    My 47mm marathons fit even with fenders. 50 should fit tightly.

    Keep in mind that the 47mm tires actually measure closer to 44. Try to get an actual measurement of the 50s.

    My experience was on average width rims. Nothing crazy wide or narrow.

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    New to me Cross Check

    Just picked this babe up on CL for $500. My brother in law picked it up for me so I don't actually have it in my possession yet but he says it looks new and rode great. Should have it in my house around the 15th! Can't wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    My 47mm marathons fit even with fenders. 50 should fit tightly.

    Keep in mind that the 47mm tires actually measure closer to 44. Try to get an actual measurement of the 50s.

    My experience was on average width rims. Nothing crazy wide or narrow.
    After some research, the 700x50 Marathons are all around 47mm. So they should fit on CCs and LHTs

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    Tight.

    Here is a couple of snaps for you of the 2.00 schwable Marathon Dureme tire, on a Velocity Cliff hanger rim. The rim is 28mm in width.
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    Well, I thought it would be a lot worse.
    I guess a LHT would have extra space, word is that they have marginally more clearance

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    Does anyone else find it odd that the Straggler, out only a year or so, already has 50% more posts in its thread than the venerable Cross Check has in its own thread?

    C'mon CC people, let's show it some love! Here's mine on a milk run:

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Does anyone else find it odd that the Straggler, out only a year or so, already has 50% more posts in its thread than the venerable Cross Check has in its own thread?

    C'mon CC people, let's show it some love! Here's mine on a milk run:
    I am re-powder coating mine to renew some love...
    Having said that, I am still loving mine even though the urge to get a new straggler is very strong.
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    My CC is my favorite bike; on it most every day as my commuter. Too busy riding to post too much.

    Most of my commute is standard urban streets... but there are a couple of park sections that aren't too bad. Cross Check pics please-cross-check.jpg


    Can't blame the straggler crowd... every one that was pining for a disc-brake-equipped CC for the last few years is over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Does anyone else find it odd that the Straggler, out only a year or so, already has 50% more posts in its thread than the venerable Cross Check has in its own thread?

    C'mon CC people, let's show it some love! Here's mine on a milk run:
    I think we still have them beat on the picture count. A lot of the posts are people just blabbing.

    Grinding some gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Does anyone else find it odd that the Straggler, out only a year or so, already has 50% more posts in its thread than the venerable Cross Check has in its own thread?

    C'mon CC people, let's show it some love! Here's mine on a milk run:
    Venerable? That makes it sound old. How about understated elegance?

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    The CC has nothing to prove. No need to show off. It speaks for itself, confident in its abilities, secure in its adaptive nature, and prepared to survive in a tumultuous world.

    The world is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Yet, the CC knows that when it cannot overcome adversity by stolid ability, it can overcome by changing its very self into a different sort of bike.

    Mere post count does not worry the worthy CC.
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    As a Straggler owner, I find a lot of the CC builds much more aesthetically pleasing. also Robins Egg blue and Hospital Foam are amazing colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinymouse View Post
    Venerable? That makes it sound old. How about understated elegance?

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    The CC has nothing to prove. No need to show off. It speaks for itself, confident in its abilities, secure in its adaptive nature, and prepared to survive in a tumultuous world.

    The world is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Yet, the CC knows that when it cannot overcome adversity by stolid ability, it can overcome by changing its very self into a different sort of bike.

    Mere post count does not worry the worthy CC.
    Spinymouse, well said. And your bike looks great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinymouse View Post
    Venerable? That makes it sound old. How about understated elegance?

    The CC has nothing to prove. No need to show off. It speaks for itself, confident in its abilities, secure in its adaptive nature, and prepared to survive in a tumultuous world.

    The world is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Yet, the CC knows that when it cannot overcome adversity by stolid ability, it can overcome by changing its very self into a different sort of bike.

    Mere post count does not worry the worthy CC.
    Meh, anything that gets more people posting pictures, I'm all for it.

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    disc brakes rule.
    get with the now!!!

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    I actually wouldn't mind getting a straggler front fork and going with a mullet set up. But too much expense to justify ($100 fork, $100-200 wheel, $100 brakes...).

    Anyway, back to Cross Checks:

    Has anyone tried to fit Bontrager XR 29x1.9's? Not sure how Bontragers run, but would be a nice tire for some light trail work. Especially ones that have loose/sand.

    Bontrager: XR0 Team Issue (Model #11872)

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    Cross Check as drying rack:


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    What can't this bike do??!!

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    Well, to be honest, my undies were still damp the next morning, so it wasn't a particularly effective drying rack.

    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    What can't this bike do??!!

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    Yikes. Yeah, I don't think overactive posterior sweat glands falls under the umbrella of Cross Check's capabilities.

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    Dream Tangerine Cross Check frameset on order for this guy! Should have it built up within two weeks at the latest, will add pics when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Dream Tangerine Cross Check frameset on order for this guy! Should have it built up within two weeks at the latest, will add pics when I can.
    Post reported.


    ...out of jealousy. Just remember to leave that steerer tube long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Well, to be honest, my undies were still damp the next morning, so it wasn't a particularly effective drying rack.
    It's because you cut your steer tube too short that it wasn't able to reach the lamp shade
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    City Bike

    let me introduce my...
    crosscheck

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    still experimenting on the bar side...
    but the 1x10 is reallys well suited for city and as well some cross that i am doing (in dry weater)

    Fenders are missing... brakes have no fine adjustment possibilities

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    Man..it's good to be back! I have not spent much time on MTBR.com in over a decade and that was when I was heavily into mountain biking..

    What brought me back is this great thread covering the Cross Check. I've been locked onto a Tri bike for the past few years and am itching to do some cyclocross as well as have a bike that I can ride w/o feeling like I have to baby it. Took a test spin on a CC the other day and was instantly sold..just not on the price (which is fair) as my wife would destroy me if I started making a case for a brand new bike after doing the same thing just last winter (tri bike).

    Anyhow, actively looking for a used Cross Check right now and wanted to say thanks for all the great info shared in the 43-44 pages leading up to this. It's been incredibly helpful.

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    2014 - dream tangerine

    Took delivery this past weekend. 2014 56cm Cross Check complete build in Dream Tangerine. I was pleased with the paint. It looks better than expected in person. In bright sunlight, it's sort of a Nuclear Orange Sherbet. More photos to come as I pile on accessories. So far the only component I've changed (not shown in photos) is the tires, and that's about all I plan to change, other than adding stuff.

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    I hit 5K on my CC this week, so I celebrated by taking a sunset spin up a nearby hill.

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    Her is the différents "Menus" done with my CC frame




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    Nice looking CC! I really like the Albatross type bars.

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    Here's my Cross Check, yesterday, on my first ever century. Solo ride, approximately 60 miles of pavement and 40 gravel. I love this bike!
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    On the way home from class. I do about 80 miles a week like this ~55lbs.



    On a 5 day, 230 mile trip to Rainbow Springs and back. I think I was at about 70lbs and really everything I'd need for 4 days out and back in warmer weather. I bet I could still cut that back.



    On an overnighter with the pup. 45 miles out, plus another 3 hike to find a nice quiet spot.



    I love this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gxglass View Post
    Took delivery this past weekend. 2014 56cm Cross Check complete build in Dream Tangerine. I was pleased with the paint. It looks better than expected in person. In bright sunlight, it's sort of a Nuclear Orange Sherbet. More photos to come as I pile on accessories. So far the only component I've changed (not shown in photos) is the tires, and that's about all I plan to change, other than adding stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickandBruce View Post
    I love my Snotrocket, but that's purdy.
    Yah I gotta agree here. What a beauty../

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    Hey all,

    Got a quick question on a modification. My Cross Check is 2013 stock. I want to replace the drop bars with some flat bars for the winter. It has the stock Tektro brake levers and brakes, Shimano bar end shifters, a Sora FD and a Deore RD (3x9).

    1. For shifters, can I simply get a couple of Deore MTB shifters? I assume that would work with the RD, but wasnt sure about the front.

    2. Any idea how to remove the Brake Levers? I know that for a lot of Shimano ones, you release tension and pull lever down and there is a screw you can see to unscrew and remove from the Handlebar. I cant find any screw for these. Unless I have to remove bar-tape first and it's somewhere under there.

    Any other items to consider would be appreciated as well. Thanks.

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    yep 9 speed deore shifts are perfect, that's what i use when i swap to flats. for the brakes, release the brake cable tension and then pull the lever right in with your hand, a the top where the gap appears, it's in there, might be a 6mm hex from memory.

    i found when i went from drops to flats, i needed a longer stem, something to think about.

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    Hmm, yah i've tried releasing the tensions and pulling the brake lever all the way. I'm not sure the Tektros have the same. Or maybe I am just blind. I see the ball connected to the brake line (not the most technical term im sure). I don't see any screw or hex.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot. I dont think I can reach them until I cut the cable, which I don't plan to do yet.

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    You just need a long allen key, Tektro bolts are deep. You also could push lever all the way down and use a flashlight to see the screw. By the way, if you want to go flatbar, just remove bar-tape-levers-stem combo from the bike as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameresu View Post
    You just need a long allen key, Tektro bolts are deep. You also could push lever all the way down and use a flashlight to see the screw. By the way, if you want to go flatbar, just remove bar-tape-levers-stem combo from the bike as a whole.
    Thanks for the advice. This will be a good learning experience for me, and the reason I am asking is so I have the knowledge to put the bar back on when the time comes.

    But yes, when the time comes to go flat, I will probably just cut the cables, remove the tape, and take the bar off. Thanks!

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    I've just pulled the trigger on a cc frame after much deliberation. There's a box of bits in the shed that'll get built onto it over the next couple of months with some longer term upgrades all ready planned.

    Looking forward to a new plaything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolffman1 View Post
    I've just pulled the trigger on a cc frame after much deliberation. There's a box of bits in the shed that'll get built onto it over the next couple of months with some longer term upgrades all ready planned.

    Looking forward to a new plaything
    The nice thing about the CC is that it'll accommodate whatever you have--drop bars, flat bars, mtb bike wheelset, road wheelset, gears, SS. I was thinking how I could take the parts off my current CC and put them on an Ogre frame and I'd still have enough parts left over in my basement to build it back up.
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    Rolling the Cross Check around the woods.
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    Cross Check pics please

    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    The nice thing about the CC is that it'll accommodate whatever you have--drop bars, flat bars, mtb bike wheelset, road wheelset, gears, SS. I was thinking how I could take the parts off my current CC and put them on an Ogre frame and I'd still have enough parts left over in my basement to build it back up.
    Exactly the reason why I am undecided on the Straggler or the Vaya for that matter...
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    New Xcheck!

    Well over the past month or so I've been thrifty scouring ebay/craigslist but just could not get my head off the dream tangerine color. Completely lucked up and snagged this guy up today some 200 miles away from home. Already very built up so my only plans for the near future are some cobalt blue bar tape and throwing on the 40mm schwalbe studs that I got with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack 50 View Post
    Well over the past month or so I've been thrifty scouring ebay/craigslist but just could not get my head off the dream tangerine color. Completely lucked up and snagged this guy up today some 200 miles away from home. Already very built up so my only plans for the near future are some cobalt blue bar tape and throwing on the 40mm schwalbe studs that I got with it.
    I love my Blark Due CrossCheck, but that Tangerine is looking VERY awesome. My weekend project is probably going to be throwing my studded Marathon Winter's onto my CC as well... flurries due today!

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    Yep, same deal here. I took a glance and noticed your in Chicago as well. Was not expecting these flurries, but honestly am a little jacked up to be putting the studs on my CC this early.

    Working from home today so between meetings I'll be wrapping bar tape for the first time (former mountain biker, but last decade has been on tri bikes where the tape never wears out..). Also just put on a cobalt blue seat clamp...this thing is going to be the eye sore I dreamed of

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    Orange bikes rule, though I prefer my pumpkin to your Tangerines. Orange rules regardless.

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    Don't believe what they say about red. Orange is the fastest colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Don't believe what they say about red. Orange is the fastest colour.
    That's just plain simple science

    Does anybody know if fenders can still fit with 700x41 Knards on my CC (2013)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Don't believe what they say about red. Orange is the fastest colour.
    What is the general consensus on the speed of orange/blue? Here she is in her blue/orange glory. No plans to really change anything outside of looking into a revelant frame back. Have only been out a few times and still dialing in the fit. Honestly love how smooth the ride is so far..

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    What is the general consensus on the speed of orange/blue? Here she is in her blue/orange glory. No plans to really change anything outside of looking into a revelant frame back. Have only been out a few times and still dialing in the fit. Honestly love how smooth the ride is so far..

    I think it is fast overall but the blue tape slows it down a little bit ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    Spent the weekend riding single track in Nashville Indiana. It was fun, but I'm really starting to want something with front suspension / a longer wheel base.

    Really digging all the stuff you're hauling around with yours but those tires really have got my attention. Care to share what you're rolling around on there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvallejo View Post
    That's just plain simple science

    Does anybody know if fenders can still fit with 700x41 Knards on my CC (2013)?
    Def. I have 47s on mine and they fit. I'd be careful offroad since they dont leave a lot of room for debris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack 50 View Post
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    What is the general consensus on the speed of orange/blue? Here she is in her blue/orange glory. No plans to really change anything outside of looking into a revelant frame back. Have only been out a few times and still dialing in the fit. Honestly love how smooth the ride is so far..
    Yeah, nah. Blue looks a little off to me, but I'm liking the rest of it.
    I ended up ordering an orange frame as I couldn't get a black. Should be in my hot little hands by the end of the week

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    Huzzah. Just got a phone from the bike shop, and the cc frame is in!
    Boo, I have an all day meeting from hell tomorrow so won't be able to pick up the frame till Friday afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack 50 View Post
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    What is the general consensus on the speed of orange/blue? Here she is in her blue/orange glory. No plans to really change anything outside of looking into a revelant frame back. Have only been out a few times and still dialing in the fit. Honestly love how smooth the ride is so far..
    I like the blue. Needs a set of ano blue wheel QR's to tie it all together

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    I'm liking all the other orange cross checks out there!

    Just finished building up mine. I've always wanted an orange bike and a pair of Rock N' Roads, so now i've got both! I'll probably end up turning it into a 1x10 eventually...

    Surly Cross Check ~Dream Tangerine ~ by UnbreakableComb, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlesglimberg View Post
    Nice job, that is one great looking bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post
    Nice job, that is one great looking bike
    Seconded. I have the black archetypes waiting to be built up in a few months but those anodised ones look great. Hope my build looks as good as that

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    Seconded. I have the black archetypes waiting to be built up in a few months but those anodised ones look great. Hope my build looks as good as that
    Thanks everyone!

    They're great wheels. I was surprised how quickly the anodization started to wear off, but it looks kind of awesome. Like the bike is already well worn... Cross Check pics please-imageuploadedbytapatalk1415429103.142217.jpg

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    I didn't realise the grey anodising came off as well. Happy I didn't spring the extra for those then. Is that a brooks Cambrian saddle as well? I'm getting a loaner from the shop to try out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack 50 View Post
    Well over the past month or so I've been thrifty scouring ebay/craigslist but just could not get my head off the dream tangerine color. Completely lucked up and snagged this guy up today some 200 miles away from home. Already very built up so my only plans for the near future are some cobalt blue bar tape and throwing on the 40mm schwalbe studs that I got with it.

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    That orange color is probably the nicest color Surly has put out ever.

    I was hoping the Straggler would have orange also. I guess lavender will have to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlesglimberg View Post
    Thanks everyone!

    They're great wheels. I was surprised how quickly the anodization started to wear off, but it looks kind of awesome. Like the bike is already well worn... Click image for larger version. 

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    Are those rock & road tires a true 43C or a little smaller?
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    Are those rock & road tires a true 43C or a little smaller?
    If you measure the width at the knobs on the side they're actually more like 44c. Granted, they'll wear down over time, but you'll definitely want to make sure you can clear 44mm:

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    ...first post!

    here's my cc. Aside from the Salsa Woodchippers, fenders (not pictured) and tires, this thing is stock from the LBS.

    photos are from a solo camping trip I took into the Sheyenne National Grasslands, located in North Dakota.
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    Thats awesome. Congrats on the ride and what an amazing way to use it! My wife and I have been through that area and it's gorgeous.

    I'm 3 weeks into being a new xcheck owner myself and so far have only really accomplished getting a fit done, a few upgrades, and regulating this thing to the trainer for my first cross races coming up in December. After that the studs go on and I'll be out exploring the wildnerness as well!

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