Long live the Surly Cross-Check; R.I.P beloved do-it-all steel steed

It's the end of an era for one of the most iconic bike models on the market. Much loved for its versatility, durability and smooth ride, we say farewell

Surly Cross-Check
(Image credit: Surly)

As has been lamented by fans on social media and internet forums everywhere, Surly’s longtime model, the Cross-Check, will no longer be manufactured and sold by the company.

When Surly was born in the late 1990s in Minnesota, its no-nonsense steel bikes quickly gained a fan base among messengers and bike mechanics around the U.S. These were hardworking frames for hardworking people and it didn’t take long for them to gain some cachet—maybe they weren’t fancy, but they were cool. 

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Tyler Boucher
Freelance Writer

Tyler Boucher is a former (and occasionally still) bike racer across several disciplines. These days, he spends most of his time in the saddle piloting his children around in a cargo bike. His writing has appeared in magazines published in Europe, the UK and North America. He lives in Seattle, Washington.