Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surly Bikes FAQ

Check out the latest issue (April 2010) of Ohio Sports & Fitness Magazine for the Century Cycles advertisement on page 11. The ad (image below) touts our expertise with Surly Bikes.

To further the cause of sharing our love and knowledge of Surly Bikes with you, we've created two more web pages chock-full of Surly info. We get a lot of the same Surly questions on a regular basis, so we've compiled them all into a Surly Bikes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. The highlight of this page is probably the #1 most-asked question, "What's the difference between the Cross-Check and the Long Haul Trucker?"

Also, with the 10 different models of Surly available, we've put together a chart to help you decide which Surly is right for you, the Surly Bikes Recommended Usage Charttm.

If you've got any other bits of Surly knowledge you'd like to know or think we should share, let us know by commenting on this post!


  1. Okay, so, say that I really started to love steel bikes as a result of owning my Cross Check. Now, my Cross Check is heavy (well, noticeably heavier than my Giant). But I love the comfort of steel and I wanted, theoretically, to get a steel road bike. Would that then be a Pacer? And could light weight components be used on it to help balance the fact that there's more weight in the frame? In other words, could you make the overall weight of the bike similar to regular road bike (not including carbon fiber, but like, my Giant OCR 1 which is aluminum).

    I'm just asking because of the fact that riding the Cross Check is very cozy. I do use mine for commuting half the time and also for gravel/unpaved trails. But commuting up hills with the Cross Check is noticeably heavier... I'm just wondering if one could have their cake and eat it too.

    (And I'm not looking to buy a new bike. This is all just going into my head for future reference if, say, 15 years from now I want to replace my Giant! ;)

    PS I love my Cross Check!

  2. Mars Girl,

    After the frame itself, the biggest factor that contributes to the weight of a bike is the wheels. A Pacer or a Cross-Check with blinged-out wheels would totally ROCK! We could get you a nice pair of Velocity wheels that would shave some grams off, and still be nice and durable. Or, if money is no object, we could build you a pair of wheels using Chris King hubs and Velocity rims in the color of your choice!

  3. Well, I think I like my current Cross Check for what it is (to have to do unpaved trails). But I admit that I understand the appeal of steel... it's SOOOOooooooOOOO comfy. I keep calling my Cross Check the Cadillac of bikes. And I mean that as a compliment. Which is why, I guess, I contemplate a full-on road bike using steel... I know there are some die-hard steel fans out there who, despite advances in material, still road ride on their steel bikes. I can totally see why.

    Also, I have to admit that I love the angular boxy look of my Surly. The frame looks kind of retro. All the Surly frames look really sweet, IMHO. Which is why, I suppose, I got talked into buying one! ;)

  4. The Big Dummy is still on my wish list. Unfortunately thats where it will have to remain for a little while longer...