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New Surly pics...biknben
Apr 9, 2003 5:35 PM
I've been working on this one for a little while. After getting bitten by the FG bug I started riding one to work all the time. I rode to work 3-4 days a week all winter. Ice, snow, and rain kept me from riding more. The bike I was riding didn't have clearance for +28c tires or fenders. It was also a 2nd-hand beater that didn't fit perfectly. I began thinking about a replacement.

The Surly Cross-Check is just what I need. I considered the Steamroller but figured the Cross-Check was more versatile. This will allow both wider tires and fenders. I'll even have enough clearance for studded tires next year. I would have loved to have them this past season. In the future I can go CX with gears or 29" on the trails. Who knows!?!

I found Surly's business motto to be quite appealing. Cheap, durable, versatile bikes with all the time proven features you need. No fluff or fads. After blowing my budgets on bikes for years, I found it refreshing to build such a versatile bike for so little money. I did blow the budget on this but it was much lower than usual.

Anyway, my new surly is ready to ride as a single speed for now. I'm using a spare rear wheel with single sprocket on a cassette hub. I'm having a new rear wheel built with flip-flop hub. Black fenders are also on order. I'd like to get wider, all black tires, but I'll wear these Contis out first.

I was pretty excited to get the black-red scheme to work. I had some old red stuff in my parts bin. I also tried the weave bar wrap again. I like it too much to call it a beater. It just feels wrong.

-Surly Cross-Check frame and fork
-Mavic Cosmos wheels (decals removed)
-King headset
-C'dale crank
-C'dale stem
-No-name black bars
-Time ATAC alum. pedals
-Ringle seatpost
-Dia-Compe linear brake levers
-XTR V-Brakes
-Avocet O2 Kevlar Saddle
-Conti tires
-Sram chain
-42x16 gearing

The Bike:

Front view:

Rear View:


Improvising with the spacers. Copper pipe will work fine

So what do you think?
that's no beaterctisevn
Apr 9, 2003 8:25 PM
good god that's a beautiful bike. thats the 1st new crosscheck Ive seen this year. looks like they redesigned the fork. bike looks great all around. really like the black. that things begging for some spooky cyclocross brakes though. nice work!
re: New Surly pics...manicotti
Apr 9, 2003 9:33 PM
Nice ride. Especially like the bar tape, what kind is it?
Let me ask you, do the dia-compe levers work OK with the v-brakes?
Levers and tape...biknben
Apr 10, 2003 4:54 AM
The jury is still out on the levers. The rear brake is sticking a lot. I lubed the crap outa the cables and checked for burrs at the ends of the housing. The spring in the lever doesn't help the brake to retract much. I may get a better cable in the future (Gore-Tex or teflon coated). The noodles that comes with the levers don't seem as smooth as Shimano's but they do have barrel adjusters.

The bar tape is actually two different colors criss-crossed around the bar. It gives a nice, and very unique, diamond pattern. It's been discussed on the general board a few times. Here's where it all started:
Levers and tape...Spiderman
Apr 10, 2003 6:33 AM
this may sound stupid because i am guessing you thought of this already but have you tried jacking the spring tension on the brakes way up to help them return?
Yeah...did that plus...biknben
Apr 10, 2003 7:14 AM
Increasing the tension with the screws did nothing. I actually bent the arm of the spring outward to increase the tension further. That made a difference.
Yeah...did that plus...peter1
Apr 12, 2003 4:56 PM
I've done that with Avid V-brakes. Worked for me.

As an aside, I've found V-brakes to be a royal pain in the a** to work on, esp. once they develop slop in the linkage or you've got an out of true rim.

But they seem to work better than cantis. Usually I just pay a shop $25 to put on new pads and realign them...