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    Build up a IGH wheel? The handspun dyad/alfine wheel is under $300, then add $45 for small parts kit and shifter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
    Build up a IGH wheel? The handspun dyad/alfine wheel is under $300, then add $45 for small parts kit and shifter.
    That is definitely something to consider...

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    for my fixed/ss build, i use a Pake c'mute, pretty similar to the CC. i like the SS a bit smaller than the CC and i think the c'mute geometry lends itself to that nicely - their 56cm has a 58cm TT, while the CC has a 56cm ST / 57cm TT. it will be my cross bike this season as well. picked it up used, fully built, and nicely spec'ed for about $450.
    nice and refreshing to ride a clean, fixed gear bike!

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    Here's my CC on last weekend's S24O:



    It handled my relatively light load (the whole bike + load was 50 pounds, before water) with no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Here's my CC on last weekend's S24O:

    It handled my relatively light load (the whole bike + load was 50 pounds, before water) with no problem.
    That's a pretty nutty shifting situation! I like it!

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    Here's how mine is currently sitting. If I love the flat bars, I'm going to pick a Surly Torsion Bar and a silver stem.

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    Yeah, long story: I keep my crank set up with 34/40, which is the gearing I use when I run single speed (actually, three speed with manual gear changes). For my "fast" setup, I use the 40 ring, for touring or kid hauling, the 34. Without a front derailer, it's pretty easy to go from single speed to geared.

    However.... the only shifter I had available for this trip was a cheapie Sunrace. It came in a set, but the RH shifter was 7 speed only, no friction. So I had to use the front shifter, which of course went on the left hand down tube braze one (since my bar ends mounts are on the Fargo). So I ended up with one left side shifter, shifting the rear cassette.

    You know, there's a reason tourists don't use down tube shifters: they're really a pain when your bike is loaded.

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    That's a pretty nutty shifting situation! I like it!

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    my cross-Czech with a few updates

    I found a nice deal on some Tiagra brifters and Kore canti brakes, so on they went.





    I had terrible fork squeal/chatter with the stock Tektro brakes, but these Kore brakes and Kool Stop pads are smooth and quiet.

    All the touring set-ups that y'all have posted are getting me inspired... hopefully I'll be able to do at least an overnight trip sometime soon.

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    That's the coolest looking XCheck that I've ever seen! There are a few nice Rivendell-esque rides on this thread for sure but that racer rig is too cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNRG View Post
    That's the coolest looking XCheck that I've ever seen! There are a few nice Rivendell-esque rides on this thread for sure but that racer rig is too cool.
    Me? Why, thank yah, thankyahvurymuch.


    Bee tee doubleya, fellers: If any of y'all have photos of your Cross-Czechs on some singletrack, you should add them to this little thread here. Thanks!
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    You people are cool.

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    CC in "go fast" mode

    Here is my go to go fast CC. Rival and FSA with DT Swiss / Ultegra hubs and the finally broken in Brooks. Three mountain gaps yesterday here in Vermont, dirt roads, an a smattering of single track on the way home. Nothing like passing guys on their uber expensive rigs over the gaps and dropping onto a dirt road at the summit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by middcrossrx View Post
    Nothing like passing guys on their uber expensive rigs over the gaps and dropping onto a dirt road at the summit.
    HA! Bike looks great! And the ride sounds awesome too!

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    Very light touring on my trusty cross check !
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    My former Crosscheck. Snug Tiers, Tasmania.
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    Looks like your former Crosscheck had a good life, great photo.

    Regards.

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    My CrossCheck is having its first upgrades after a few years of use. New Thomson stem and saddle so far. The brakes are next on the list any suggestion? And I would like to still be able to run 40 to 45mm tyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Looks like your former Crosscheck had a good life, great photo.Regards.Stephen.
    ...was one sweet whip. Took it everywhere! Was seduced by another QPB brand ti offering and sold the Crosscheck to a bloke in Queensland. Kinda wish I still had a Surly in the stable. Maybe a LHT next time..
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    There is always a next time mate.

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    Brakes? I'd suggest ditching the cantis and going to V brakes. After doing that on my CC, I remembered why once V brakes came out, I never used cantis on my mountain bikes again.

    Since you use bar end shifters, it should be a pretty easy swap (you'll have to buy new brake levers)

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    My CrossCheck is having its first upgrades after a few years of use. New Thomson stem and saddle so far. The brakes are next on the list any suggestion? And I would like to still be able to run 40 to 45mm tyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Brakes? I'd suggest ditching the cantis and going to V brakes. After doing that on my CC, I remembered why once V brakes came out, I never used cantis on my mountain bikes again. Since you use bar end shifters, it should be a pretty easy swap (you'll have to buy new brake levers)
    Agree totally. I ran Shimano XTR V-Brakes with Cane Creek Drop V Levers on mine. Thousand, nay, a MILLION times better than (most) Canti's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdstorer View Post
    Agree totally. I ran Shimano XTR V-Brakes with Cane Creek Drop V Levers on mine. Thousand, nay, a MILLION times better than (most) Canti's.
    Thanks guys I look into those tomorrow.


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    Decided to give single speed a try. It's good. Got a deal on the crank from my LBS and went with the Surly singlespeed kit and cog. Will have the shop build a dedicated wheel for this in a week or so. Should also make swapping from this configuration to 1x9 easier.

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    Finally, I can add to this thread. Bought the bike three weeks ago. Absolute blast to ride.






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    This was to be my CC set up for the rest of the summer:

    Wide range gearing, bars level with the saddle, basically ready for day rides and overnighters. But, after riding around on my Fargo where the bars are 2" above the saddle, I just wasn't nearly as comfortable on this. My back would sometimes complain after riding. Instead, I've changed it to this:



    And, it's already moved on from there, with Mary bars replacing the Scott AT-3 type bars I have on there now.

    Soon, though, I'll move this setup to my Gunnar (since I can't seem to sell it), and make the CC a single speed again. It seems that no matter what I do to my CC, it always spirals back to some sort of single speed setup. Those long dropouts are just too nice to waste with a derailer.

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    Digging this bike!

    Probably the finest machine ever created by humans.Cross Check pics please-314272_10150297287773291_603398290_7610055_4610337_n.jpg

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    Commute/Dirt Road/Single Track/Night Ride Setup

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    I'm just about finished with a Surly CC trail single speed build...

    I'm putting cantilevers on my bike as well...this is my first go 'round with cantilever brakes...so far so good...but I'm now ready to install the front brakes.

    I see similar style front cable guides (with noodle) on many bikes...does your cable guide turn and move when you turn the handlebar does it stay in one spot when you turn?

    If it does turn...doesn't that cause issues?

    Thanks!

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    I'm a huge fan of the CC, but I'm not happy with my current 58cm frame size (too small by looks of this picture), looking for guidance here...

    I"m a hair over 6'2", 36in PBH, and have struggled with low back pain on this bike W/O a stem riser. I'm looking to get a larger CC frame w/ an uncut steerer to get those bars higher! I'm debating either a 60 or 62cm CC and selling the 58cm.

    I'm wondering if you 62cm riders struggled as well with the decision between the 60 or 62cm frame. The ST angles more relaxed on both than the 58cm, and the 62cm's TT isn't too long (61cm TT), so I think I'm leaning towards the 62cm.

    BTW, there are some killer rides on this thread!
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    CC and PBH

    I'm 6' and have a PBH of 91 in bare feet and ride with a SH of 80cm. I ride a 60cm CC and a 60cm LHT. Both have a fair amount of seatpost showing and I could go up a size as I really don't mind about the limited SO height but the TTs on the larger sizes are just a bit too long and I don't want to use a stubby stem.

    I say at least go with a 60cm but if you're 6'2" you probably have the reach for a 62cm CC.

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    fg:



    to 1x9:



    sometime in the next month will add fenders and then in 6-8 wks when I go to 35mm tires,
    the front will swap to dynohub. Then another month will switch back to fg and studded
    tires for the winter. I think the seasonal rotation is in place.

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    ps-> that's 42x17/19 dingle fixed (flipflop to 18t freewheel)

    switched to 42x 11-28 9 spd

    (gears added almost a pound to GVW)

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    I'm just about your size (6'33", 36" PBH) and ride a 62cm. I wouldn't mind the bars a bit higher, but I'm maxed out with my 300mm steerer tube.

    You might look at the new Salsa Casseroll. It has the same length fork as the CC, but with a 330mm steerer.

    Quote Originally Posted by iowegianor View Post


    I'm a huge fan of the CC, but I'm not happy with my current 58cm frame size (too small by looks of this picture), looking for guidance here...

    I"m a hair over 6'2", 36in PBH, and have struggled with low back pain on this bike W/O a stem riser. I'm looking to get a larger CC frame w/ an uncut steerer to get those bars higher! I'm debating either a 60 or 62cm CC and selling the 58cm.

    I'm wondering if you 62cm riders struggled as well with the decision between the 60 or 62cm frame. The ST angles more relaxed on both than the 58cm, and the 62cm's TT isn't too long (61cm TT), so I think I'm leaning towards the 62cm.

    BTW, there are some killer rides on this thread!

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    dodging the storms

    Just a quick couple of hours between the rain with Liz yesterday. Slowly evolving, with dura ace 10 speed levers on order, and a rack with ortlieb panniers to follow whenever i can. The 105 crank will be swapped for my road bike compact one, then just match all the finishing kit and should be finished. Its took me some time to appreciate her, but now I get it. Dont worry about the speed or the surface, have a look around while you're riding and enjoy yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADDam View Post
    Commute/Dirt Road/Single Track/Night Ride Setup

    what size are those WTB All Terrains and how do you like them on asphalt? also i must note that i have really dug each incarnation of your CC that you have posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukehooligan View Post
    what size are those WTB All Terrains and how do you like them on asphalt? also i must note that i have really dug each incarnation of your CC that you have posted
    Thanks! These are the 700x38 version of the WTB All-Terrain. I think I can honestly say that these are my favorite tire that I've ran on the CC. They are "fast-enough" on pavement, they don't feel sluggish at all. Best of all they are truly an All-Terrain tire, I live where there are a ton of dirt roads and these tires do awesome there. My Niner's rear wheel is out for warranty at the moment and I was dying to ride, so I decided to ride my CC to the trail and d!ck around in the trail... but I ended up actually riding the singletrack pretty aggressively on these tires, made my day! I have 700x25 GatorSkins... and I don't think they'll be going back on anytime soon, these are way too comfy to give up!

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    my old Reynolds 631 crosscheck.
    I'm thinking of getting It powder coated a different color as it's starting to rust in some spots.

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    I went for the 35s after all; the only reason they come off in the summers is because of gearing,
    and going 1x9 solves that so...



    I should have put the fenders on but what the heck I will try and coax
    a couple more weeks out of the no-fenders setup

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    What cassette and chainring size you running? I've had thoughts of running 1x9 on mine.

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    it's a 42t chainring and 11-28 cassette; basically 2 bolts (shifter, derailer), wheel/chain swap, and brake adjustment to go back ss/fg

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    I didn't notice the DT shifters. That makes it quite quick to change out.

    I've got ultegra integrated levers/shifters so those would stay.

    How is it climbing?

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    Well it's not a lightweight bike no matter how I build it, it seems. Even fixed it climbed
    fine. Maybe even finer since I couldn't shift down... I wanted gears for descents, actually,
    so I could gear up to go down faster (early in the day) or just coast down later in the day
    when I'm beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    What cassette and chainring size you running? I've had thoughts of running 1x9 on mine.
    Can't speak for anyone else, but my CC has a 39t front (Shimano Alfine with bashguard) and for the rear usually an 11x32 or sometimes 12x36. Had the latter on this spring and could climb just anything I tried. Although that was a light load (except for rider). With lots of stuff it might slow down.

    Am also using downtube shifters so it will be an easy swap to go to that from the current single speed setup.

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    2009 cross check

    brown!
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    There have been some really awesome submissions/updates lately! Love the brownness of yours, Bjleydic. Addam looks like he's enjoying his CC, and I'm surprised to see Hardy lose the fixed gear! Seat_boy, I'm not at all surprised you switched things up again, and as always it looks like a sweet set up.

    I've changed my CC's outfit again as well. Flat bar, SS. Also whenever I go back to drops which will likely be soon, I'm gonna pick up some drop-v levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    There have been some really awesome submissions/updates lately! Love the brownness of yours, Bjleydic. Addam looks like he's enjoying his CC, and I'm surprised to see Hardy lose the fixed gear! Seat_boy, I'm not at all surprised you switched things up again, and as always it looks like a sweet set up.
    The fixed will return in ~November w/ studded tires for the black ice season (supposed to
    be another La Niña year), or sooner if I get tired of cleaning the derailer through all the fall
    rain.

    I've changed my CC's outfit again as well. Flat bar, SS. Also whenever I go back to drops which will likely be soon, I'm gonna pick up some drop-v levers.
    I really like the tektro dropbar V levers.

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    Another vote for the Tektro levers. They have a nice, fat body that fits my big hands well, plus a quick release button. And the lever is nicely shaped. A good part all around.

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