We get a lot of people intersted in buying a Surly Cross-Check complete bike, but aren't crazy about the bar-end shifters that come stock on it. We decided to try a little experiment to see how it goes over--we took a stock Cross-Check (54cm frame, Gloss Black) and swapped on a pair of Shimano Tiagra STI brake/shift levers. The bike can be yours for $1,299.99. (normally $1,049.99 for the bar-end shifter version).
"Can I get a 105, or Ultegra, or Dura-Ace version?" you may ask. Yes, but not as easily. Tiagra-level components are now the top-of-the-line for Shimano 9-speed compatible drive trains; 105, Ultegra, and Dura-Ace are now only made in 10-speed compatible versions. To upgrade a Cross-Check to 10-speed, in addition to the brake/shift levers, you'd also need to upgrade the chain, derailleurs, and crankset. Cha-ching!
This bike is currently in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula; give us a call if you want to check it out in Rocky River or Medina.