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Cross-Check is a tough-as-nails, super-versatile road bike that performs astonishingly well on any surface.

Steel Commuter Bike That Can Do it All

There is no such thing as one bike that can do it all, but Cross-Check comes pretty damn close. It's a dyed-in-the-wool commuter and utility rig. It was a "gravel crusher" long before "gravel bikes" existed. Some people have even raced cyclocross on it. Though, we don't necessarily condone that behavior.

Cross-Check was the first complete bike we ever offered. Since then, people have modified them hundreds of different ways to suit their riding styles and preferences. There’s a reason that nearly every person who has ever worked for Surly has owned one.

  • Semi-horizontal dropouts for singlespeed compatibility and wheelbase adjustability
  • Gnot-Rite dropout spacing allows installation of 130 and 135mm hubs
  • Accommodations for front and rear racks and fenders
  • Clearance for 700c x 42mm tires with or without fenders

Bike Capabilities

  • 5/5 with Commuting Commuting: 5 out of 5
  • 4/5 with Tire Clearance Tire Clearance: 4 out of 5
  • 3/5 with Pavement Touring Pavement Touring: 3 out of 5
  • 4/5 with Gravel/Double Track Gravel/Double Track: 4 out of 5

NOTE: You can ride your bike wherever the hell you want, but this is what we think this bike is best at.

Cross-Check BlueGreenGray complete bike side view leaning against brick building
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray seat tube scissor decal up close
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray fork crown detail and upper rack mount
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray complete bike three-quarter front view propped up with stick on grass next to brick building
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray rear dropout, showing cassette, rear derailleur, chain and wheel
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray bike front detail of headtube badge, front brake and top of tire tread
Cross-Check BlueGreenGray bike up against brick building showing front of bike from bottom of stem to brake bosses
Flat Bar Cross-Check loaded riding image
Cross-Check urban riding image over train tracks
Cross-Check track stand between train cars

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Where to Buy

Cross Check complete bike side-view, BlueGreenGray

Specifications

Frameset

Frame

Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded. ED Coated

Fork

Surly Cross-Check, 4130 CroMoly, lugged & brazed. Sloping crown w/threaded eyelets, tapered & butted curved blades w/mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets

Seatpost Clamp Surly stainless, 30.0mm

Components

Headset Cane Creek 10
Brakes Tektro M730
Braker Levers Tektro CL520
Shifters Microshift Acolyte Xpress
Stem ProMax, 31.8, 4-Bolt
Handlebar Dimension Mountain
Grip/Tape Black Gel
Saddle WTB Volt 142
Seatpost

ProMax SP-2019 non-offset (42–50cm), SP-2016 offset (52–62cm) 27.2 x 300mm

Drivetrain

Crankset Samox 3pcs, BCD110 Square taper, 40t chainring
Bottom Bracket 68x110.5mm
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur Microshift RD-M5185M
Cog or Cassette Microshift CS-H083, 12-42, 8-speed
Chain KMC X8

Wheels

Front Hub Novatech 32h, 100mm, w/QR
Rear Hub Novatech 32h, 135mm, w/QR
Rims Alex DH19
Tires Kenda Kwest 700c x 35mm

Complete bike spec subject to change

MY21 Cross-Check Geometry
units:
SIZE 42cm 46cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm 62cm 64cm
Reach 14.9 378.7 15.0 380.8 15.3 389.1 15.3 389.7 15.5 394.8 15.5 394.3 15.7 398.3 16.0 407.3 16.2 411.0 16.7 424.5
Stack 20.8 528.0 20.8 528.0 20.8 528.0 20.8 528.0 21.2 538.4 21.9 556.5 22.7 575.7 23.4 593.6 24.1 612.7 24.8 630.9
Head Tube Angle 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0°
Head Tube Length 3.6 91.0 3.6 91.0 3.6 91.0 3.6 91.0 4.0 102.0 4.8 121.0 5.6 141.0 6.3 160.0 7.1 180.0 7.9 200.0
Seat Tube Length 16.5 420.0 18.1 460.0 19.7 500.0 20.5 520.0 21.3 540.0 22.0 560.0 22.8 580.0 23.6 600.0 24.4 620.0 26.2 665.0
BB Drop 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0 2.6 66.0
Wheelbase 39.0 989.8 39.1 991.9 39.6 1005.2 39.6 1005.9 39.9 1014.3 40.1 1019.7 40.5 1029.9 41.1 1044.7 41.5 1054.7 42.3 1074.6
Chainstay Length 16.5 420.0 16.5 420.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0 16.7 425.0
Top Tube Length, Actual 19.9 505.0 20.3 515.0 21.1 535.1 21.5 545.1 22.0 559.9 22.4 569.9 22.8 579.8 23.6 599.8 24.0 609.9 24.8 630.0
Top Tube Length, Effective 20.6 522.0 20.8 528.8 21.3 541.8 21.5 547.1 22.0 560.0 22.4 570.0 22.8 580.0 23.6 600.0 24.0 610.0 24.8 630.0
Seat Tube Angle 75.0° 74.5° 74.0° 73.5° 73.0° 72.5° 72.5° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0°
Standover Height 29.4 747.9 30.2 766.7 30.9 784.4 31.3 794.4 31.9 809 32.5 826.7 33.3 845.9 34.0 863.4 34.7 882.2 35.5 901.8
Stem Length 70 80 80 100 100 100 120 120 120 120
Stem Angle
Handlebar Width 700 700 700 700 720 720 720 720 720 720
Crank Length 165 165 170 170 175 175 175 175 175 175
Fork Length 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0 15.7 400.0
Fork Rake 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0 1.7 44.0

* Standover is measured from the top of the TT, at the center, with a tire measuring approximately Ø717mm (Surly 700x41 Knard)

Frame Construction

4130 Chromoly, Natch tubing, double-butted main triangle, TIG welded, ED coated

Fork Construction

4130 Chromoly, Natch tubing, double-butted tapered fork blades, brazed lugs, ED coated

Rear Dropout Configuration

Semi-horizontal

Rear Hub Spacing

"Gnot-rite" 132.5mm

10 x 130mm or 10 x 135mm

Front Hub Spacing

10 x 100mm

Rear Brake

Rim - Canti

Front Brake

Rim - Canti

Head Tube

Ø34mm

Steerer Tube

Ø28.6mm (1-1/8")

Crown Race

Ø30mm (1-1/8")

Stock Headset Upper (S.H.I.S.)

EC34/28.6

Stock Headset Lower (S.H.I.S.)

EC34/30

Seat Collar

Ø30mm

Seatpost

Ø27.2mm

Front Derailleur (Clamp)

Bottom-pull (Ø28.6mm)

Max Chainring (CL)[3]

1x (Road): 50T

2x (Road): 39/53T

Bottom Bracket

68mm threaded (1.37" x 24TPI)

Tire Clearance Frame [1][2]

700c x 42mm with or without fenders

Tire Clearance Fork [1]

29 x 2.0" with or without fenders

Rigid Fork Spec

400 x 44mm

Max Suspension Fork Length [4]

N/A

Bottle Mounts Frame

2 Standard

Bottle Mounts Fork

N/A

Rack Mounts Frame

Yes (upper and lower threaded)

Rack Mounts Fork

Yes (upper and mid-blade threaded)

Fender Mounts Frame

Yes

Fender Mounts Fork

Yes

Other Features

Downtube mounted shifter bosses

[1] Different tire and rim combinations will result in different clearances.  
[2] Depending on drivetrain configuration, tire clearance may be limited by the chain and not frame.
[3] Listed chainring clearance is worst case scenario.  Clearances vary widely depending on components and configurations.
[4] Suspension fork length listed at full extension (not at sag) 

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Frame Warranty

LIMITED WARRANTY

This Surly product is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for three years from the date of retail purchase of the product, subject to the limitations detailed below. Save your dated receipt for proof of purchase.

This warranty does NOT cover the following:

  • Damage due to improper assembly or follow-up maintenance or lack of skill, competence or experience of the user or assembler
  • Products that have been modified, neglected, used in competition or for commercial purposes, misused or abused, involved in accidents or anything other than normal use
  • Installation of components, parts or accessories not originally intended for or compatible with bicycle as sold
  • Damage or deterioration to the paint, surface finish, aesthetics or appearance of the product
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly

This limited warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product, at the option of Surly, and is the sole remedy of the warranty. This limited warranty applies only to the original purchaser of the Surly product and is not transferrable. This warranty applies only to products purchased through an authorized dealer or distributor. In no event shall Surly be liable for any loss, inconvenience or damage, whether direct, incidental, consequential, or otherwise resulting from breach of any express or implied warranty or condition, of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or otherwise with respect to our products except as set forth herein.

This limited warranty gives the consumer specific legal rights, and those rights and other rights may vary from place to place. This limited warranty does not affect your statutory rights.

TO THE EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW, THESE WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUSIVE AND THERE ARE NO OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS INCLUDING WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.