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Perth Surly Cross

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Surly 56cm Cross-check

Pro XLT for both. 44cm drop bars.

Surly Cross-check

Mavic Cosmos Rim, Mavic Cosmos Hub & Schwalbe 700cx32 Marathon

Velocity Razor Rim, Mavic Cosmos Hub & Schwalbe 700cx32 Marathon


Marin seat. and erm.. a shiny seat post.

Shimano PD-515 & Shimano IG

Deore XT V-brakes

This is my first serious bike build. Original motivation was 1) New bike needed cos of aging Trek OCLV frame with cracked bb shell, but other wise relatively new 105 Gruppo. 2) Being fed up with most of my LBS within reasonable distance trying to sell me something I didn't want.
In researching a replacement, I came across the concept of a cyclo-cross as bit more of an all-rounder machine, and liked it. I came across the versatile Surly range, and liked it. After much reading and re-reading of Sheldon Brown's site and various other pages, and some face-to-face consultation with Aldo & Sats of Quantum Bicycle Manufacturers in North Perth led me to this - and I love it.
Research tangents I kept following whilst on this project are suggesting that the next will be a fixed gear; more than likely a Surly Steamroller. In the meantime I'm practicing my ratios and chainline on an old 80s 10speed cheapy bitzer rescued from a verge earlier in the year. I've been for the most part riding the cross-check as a single-speed. Partly also because I've been reluctant to get used to the bar-end shifters :)

People who friended this bike RoadLoad, pedalturista, chrisrhayes, brauluver


Hey there HH, i remember asking you about this bike some time back on BNA.
I'm currently looking at purchasing one second hand(frame), so should be finally able to start a new project.
How's your travelling these days?


I like your steed - the

I like your steed - the cyclocross format is where I'm headed. I currently have a Trek 520 that is similar (except I have a flat bar right now). I'm not a fan of bar end shifters either. That's one of the reasons I have gone with the flat bar. I like your simple paint job as well. Sweet!

thanks for the comment.

thanks for the comment. Cyclocross you don't really hear of here in Australia. Anything that's inbetween just seems to be labelled as "hybrid". The paint job is pretty simple, cos that's how it came out of the box :) Nice story about your 520, too..

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