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Surly Crosscheck or Redline Conquest Pro(7 posts)

Surly Crosscheck or Redline Conquest Prokjp
Aug 12, 2002 11:16 AM
I am looking to purchase a cross bike soon and I have narrowed my choice down to two: Crosscheck or Conquest pro.
I am about 6'3 and weigh 215 lbs, so I think I should be OK on either frame. I am looking to do both road, and light trail riding; no serious jumps, or stuff like that. Any thoughts on these two bikes?

Thanks for your help.
Both have strengths and weaknesses.Jakob
Aug 12, 2002 11:34 AM
Are you looking to race? I actually have both of these bikes in sizes smaller than you could ride. I'm 5'9"/150 lbs. Here's a quick breakdown.

Surly: Punk Rock; Long, compliant frame; Kinda heavy for those portage/race situations; Amazing descender; More versatile-- Single speed right outta the box, plus the 132.5mm dropouts gives you road and mountain hub options. This is my favorite bike for long road/trail mix rides. I've had mine since 10/00 and I raced two CX seasons on it. It's a tank, but it's a great tank.

Redline: Short, quick, stiff; Descends well, but definitely more fatiguing than the steel Surly; Climbs pavement better than my Voodoo road bike and climbs dirt as well as any hardtail I've ever ridden; It's a lot lighter than the Surly (don't have a scale so I can't say how much, but it's significant. This is my race bike for the coming season and I think it will be great in 45 min. races, and it's fun on the road, but I'm not too excited about taking it on tons of singletrack. My arms just get too tired.
Both have strengths and weaknesses.kjp
Aug 12, 2002 12:02 PM
Jakob,

No, I don't think I'll be doing much racing. Most of my riding consists of rolling roads and some semi technical single track.

Kirk
I would get the Cross CheckJakob
Aug 12, 2002 12:06 PM
I think the Surly is overall a better bike for what you want to do. Since it's cheaper than the Conquest Pro, I would look into building it up yourself with better parts than what comes standard on the complete Cross Check. You might also consider a Soma Fabrications Double Cross. It's a good, inexpensive steel frame.

Good luck!
one more thing...Jakob
Aug 12, 2002 12:11 PM
excelsports.com has pretty well spec'ed Ultegra kits. The only thing really worth changing might be to Barcons instead of the included STI.
Couple thoughts ...GlowBoy
Aug 12, 2002 11:41 AM
The Redline is a lighter aluminum bike, so if you're going to use it mostly for racing it might be a good choice.

On the other hand, I've heard a lot of people say the Redline's ride is VERY harsh. It wouldn't be a good choice if you're going to use it for longer road or trail rides. The Surly's got a good reputation, is cheap ($400 for frame and fork, $850 for a complete bike) and has horizontal dropouts in case you ever decide to go singlespeed with it.

- Dan
Surly fit my 6'4"Stampertje
Aug 13, 2002 8:58 AM
I'm 6'4" and 185-190 lbs (and growing, weight only). I was a little worried that the Surly 60cm would be too low, but I got it to fit quite well with lots of spacers and a 13cm stem. Quite well, as in, as soon as I get some time to ride it for some significant distances I will change to an 11 or 12cm stem with a little less rise.