Surly Cross Check (and Cross-Check Disc)
Not going to step lightly around the subject. We have other bikes for sale that you might like better than the Cross Check.
Felt has some bikes save a lot of weight with their aluminum frames, and have better components at similar prices to the Surly.
The steel Breezer Radar has probably the best ride quality of any touring or cross bike ever built. The Marin Gestalt and Nicassio models can be pounds lighter than a Cross Check.
You might want to get a Surly anyway.
The Cross Check from Surly is the bike to pick when you want options. Really tall or really small? Surly has a frame size that will fit. Want to customize your bike? Surlys are available as bare frames. Want tough steel tubing and thick paint that will handle years of abuse and neglect? Surly is your brand. Want something a little different, or a little less “corporate”, pick Surly.
Since the Cross Check is available as a bare frameset, you can have us build you a Cross Check in any configuraton that you can imagine. Upright handlebars, drop bars, skinny road tires or big fat knobbies, anything. Available with rim brakes or discs.
Surly even makes a version with couplers in the middle of the frame so you can take it apart and stuff it in a suitcase when you travel.