Found them! This is not a recent build, we thought that we’ve lost the shots after our computer crashed a while back. If you followed us on Twitter, you might already recognized it as #ProjectCheckmate. Here’s the full wrap.
This 54cm Surly Cross Check belongs to Charisma, who wanted to build a versatile bike that eats everything thrown at it, be it tarmac or dirt. The Cross Check itself is one of those do-it-all frames that lets you race cyclocross, go for a long haul touring, or shred through your commute ride on it. It’s adorned with many eyelets that lets you to put racks or full-shroud fenders on it. It even featured long, semi-horizontal dropouts should you want to run single gear. The odd-spaced 132,5mm rear dropouts gives you an option between using 130mm road rear hubs or 135mm rear hubs from mountain bikes.
|Top-mounted cable routing keeps the muck out of the cable.|
The group was assembled mainly from Shimano 105 5600 parts, aside from the Dura-Ace hubs and Deore LX cantilever brakes. Those hubs are then laced to 19mm-wide 700c Rigida rims through 32 Richman double-butted spokes in 3-cross pattern, then shod with 34c Bontrager Jones CXR.
|The 52/39T chainring is a bit too large for 'cross, but helps on flat commuting rides.|
|We have to make custom shim to fit the 31,8mm derailer clamp to the 28,6mm seattube, since finding such small part is a bit difficult back then.|
|34c tires might not fit the recent change on UCI event regulations, but surely adds more comfort.|
Another mountain bike twist is the Kore Elite cross country stem, matched to Pro PLT anatomic drop bars wrapped in blue Velo tapes. The fi’zi:k Arione VS saddle is held by Ritchey WCS 27,2mm twin-bolt seatpost.