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Surly Cross Check Single Speed Complete Bike

The Surly Cross Check is the bike I’ve owned the longest, and overall completed the most stupidity on. When I purchased it 12 years ago it was my first 700c wheeled bike, then my first fixed gear, my first touring bike… I’ve taken it all over the country on planes, trains and automobiles, it’s been to Europe, it’s taken me places I would have never dreamed of at age 19 when I threw down for it. I’ve always said that the Cross Check doesn’t do any one thing particularly well, but it does everything adequately. Definite favorite bike overall, even if it’s not the sexiest machine I own. It’s still going, and for most of the past decade it’s been a flat bar single speed built up with sensible (ie. low end) parts not much unlike the newly available complete single speed Cross Check build from Surly. Available in 6-8 weeks, contact your dealer for pricing and ultimate availability.


  1. AlanAugust 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Same here w/my Cross Check, altho I’ve only had mine for a measly 9 years…meant to use it as a geared commuter but set it up as a singlespeed just to get it rolling, switched briefly to gears, then just as quickly converted it back to ss. Have had moustache bars, drop bars, Clarence bars, etc…settled on Salsa Moto Ace and haven’t fiddled with ‘em since. I’ve had (and eventually passed on) an Instigator, 1×1, Karate Monkey, but the Cross Check is forever. Cheers!

  2. ἈντισθένηςAugust 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I think it’s a great option, but why does every company have to follow the exact same trends? For ages you could only get a fixed with pista bars; now only with sweep or riser bars: ‘Illusion of choice’.

    For me it’s still the All City Nature Boy: drops, huge tire clearance, cantis, bottle and fender mounts. Steel de rigeur.

  3. sarahelizabethAugust 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    love my crosscheck, does it all! good write up Brad

  4. z-warfareOctober 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Good move to offer this as a stock option! And people can always pony up for drop bars and tektro v-brake levers if they want, without having to sell a groupset.

    Never understood why the Steamroller has wide tire clearance… but no fender braze-ons.

  5. johnDecember 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Just ordered one of these from my LBS for $859 (that’s minus the tax).

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