Hi! My name is Duncan LaGarde. I’m a mechanic at Sunflower and this is my Surly Crosscheck! I purchased it with intentions of commuting on it, which I did. Then I realized that this bike was something special and deserved more than the 7 speed Shimano flatbar setup and junk wheels I put it together with. It can clear 29x1.9 tires, it’ll accept any bar configuration comfortably and it has rack and fender mounts front and rear with fork leg braise ons. I started to consider the possibilities... Adventure bike!
Currently this is my daily/gravel/camping bike. It's setup with Shimano Tiagra 4700, 50/34 road compact gearing and an 11-32 wide range cassette. Currently I have Roval cross wheels with Clement MSO X’plor 700x40 tires, they're bombproof. It stops with TRP Carbon Euro x cantilevers. Short and shallow Ritchey drop bars and a WTB Silverado Thin Line saddle (in the photos I have a Specialized Phenom Pro with ti rails, which I also really like.) I just got the Blackburn Outpost handlebar roll, 10 liter seat pack and frame bag for swift weekend bike camping! Also I run two Blackburn Outpost oversized cages mounted to either fork leg.