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    All round commuter - Pacer or X Check?

    Title says it all folks.

    Wont be a SS tho.

    Cheers,,,

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    need a rack? the answer may lie there

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    Cross-check, Pasela's 700x37, Freddy fenders, and Mustache bars.

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    my commute
    10 miles, 7 of that dirt
    cross check with 700x45 cont twister pro
    a fun commute

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisFFTA
    Title says it all folks.

    Wont be a SS tho.

    Cheers,,,
    All on pavement? Racks? I can tell you from first hand experience that the LHT is a sweet commuter. I am sure either a Pacer or Crosscheck would be really nice depending on your specific needs.

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    ok... racks are a maybe...

    i have a sweet dura ace group set i would transfer from another frame. that said, light weight isnt paramount, but just letting you know i have a groupset that i wont want to add new stuff too.

    that doesnt help does it?

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    Alternative for your commuter

    My commute is 26 kms.
    50% off-road / 50% on-road.
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    That's totally cool and fugly all at the same time. I love it :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisFFTA
    ok... racks are a maybe...

    i have a sweet dura ace group set i would transfer from another frame. that said, light weight isnt paramount, but just letting you know i have a groupset that i wont want to add new stuff too.

    that doesnt help does it?
    Does the groupset include brakes? if you have road brakes and don't want to spend money on new brakes, then your answer is there: The Crosscheck takes canti's the pacer takes road brakes.

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    i dont mind getting cantis... i have dura ace sti brake levers... they are cool with cantis yeah?

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    I've had the good fortune to own both. I now only have the Pacer with a 'roadie' RSX group set up. Your dura ace STI will work fine with cantis.

    My pacer has 32mm tyres with clip on mud guards. If you want bigger tyres then get a cross check. If you ever think you will run it single speed etc, get a cross check. The ride between both is very similar from what I can remember.

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    Cross-check would seem the way to go for an all-round commuter. What would you gain with the Pacer--a little less weight, a little more speed? With the Cross-check you get versatility especially with the tires. I run 700x35 Paselas during the week for the commute and pop on 700x42 Ritchey's for weekend singletrack. I imagine I may use the fatter tires comes winter. The Cross-check is also easy to fit with racks and fenders as people have mentioned.

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    love my pacer...

    just built up my pacer last week and have been on it quite a bit since then. I have a 29 mile commute, so i felt the pacer would be better, and the fit was a little better for me... with the crosscheck, i was a bit between on the fit (54 or 56) and the pacer pretty much matched the fit that i like with a 56 TT and ST... the pacer takes 28's with fenders, so thats plenty big for that long of a commute... dont think i'll go any bigger than 25's... didn't need racks as i have a stash of clothes at work... so the pacer fit the bill for me... i'd say if you have a longer commute, the pacer would work best, but if you want something a little more versatile for a shoter commute, the cross check would work...

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    ... and if we just ... Great Answers!!

    ..and here I am getting to the point of whether to get a LHT, as I'm pondering one for wife's anniversary present, or just build up a set of 650's on Surly's New Disc Hubs and keep rolling on the 1x1 SS-stylee( and have more money to use for the present).

    Ahhh, gotta love the advantages of all that room, and disc brakes. I can build up whatever size wheel I feel like, heee-hee!

    Now back to your thread...

    All three bikes mentioned, the Cross-Check, the Pacer, or the LHT will all suit the bill. Visit Surly's frame page, and run down the specs and the geometries, and go with what suits you best. Build a masterpiece!!

    I want to see pics of the finished product in the "Post Your" thread!!

    Obi..

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    I pondered this as well and went with the cross check.

    i use a rack, and it's easy to mount on the Xcheck.

    i have a second wheelset with big tires for the winter snow/ice. Xcheck can take whatever tires you want.

    the pacer takes 'long reach' or whatever calipers. so if you have some road calipers they *might* work. just check first.

    i love the Xcheck, and sometimes consider that maybe I should get a pacer as a 'fast commuter' when i am not bringing any stuff with me.

    but i dont think i would gain much in speed with a pacer over a Xcheck.

    Xcheck... way more versatile. but not as good in a groop ride, etc.

    i do triathlons on the Xcheck. not the typical bike in the transition rack, but i am not going to win anyways, so what the hell.
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