With this coupled version of the Long Haul Trucker, Surly is discontinuing the Traveler's Check, the coupled version of the Cross-Check. We always thought it would make more sense to sell a coupled version of the Long Haul Trucker. Surly's thought was that they could cater to both the long-distance tourer and the traveling racer by using the Cross-Check. But if you think about it, if you're serious enough about cyclocross racing to be in the habit of carting your bike on a plane to go to races on a regular basis, you're probably not the typical target Surly customer.
However, keeping with the theme of the Cross-Check-as-touring-bike, Surly is now going to make all Cross-Checks going forward have mid-fork eyelets, for front cargo rack-friendliness. You can see them here on the new Robin's Egg Blue Cross-Check:
we mentioned before, The Big Dummy gets down-spec'ed to make the price more attractive to the average Joe (or Jane, or Brian, or Fatty McBastard). Some of the differences that I recall (subject to change, and I'm probably leaving some out) are:
- Handlebar: Salsa instead of Surly 1x1
- Crankset: Truvativ instead of Surly Mr. Whirly
- Tires: Continental Town & Country instead of Schwalbe Big Apple
- Shifters: Shimano Deore instead of Deore LX
- Derailleurs: Shimano Deore instead of Deore LX
- Hubs: Shimano Deore instead of Deore XT rear/Surly front
- Brake levers: Avid FR-5 instead of Speed Dial 7
Here's a shot of the new bike in the Surly lineup, the Troll, a 26-inch mountain/adventure-touring, singlespeed-or-geared, ready for anything piece of orange juicyness:
Here's the new Battleship Gray Karate Monkey:
This over-exposure highlights the new Snowblind White color of the Pugsley:
Stay tuned for more fun stuff from last week's visit to Interbike!