We've been working on a few fun projects lately.
Recently, Surly changed the Cross-Check by adding lowrider rack mounts to the fork. For some, the Long Haul Trucker is just too much, too heavy-duty. But now the middleweight Cross-Check, properly configured, is a viable option for all but the most heavily loaded touring. With that in mind, we put together the Cross-Check FLT (Fast Light Tourer).
Notable features include lightweight wheels built on Velocity Aerohead rims, Alfine dynamo front (no light hooked up yet), Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x40 tires, Cascadia fenders, and Tubus racks. And we couldn't resist adding some jewelry in the form of a Chris King headset. If you're looking for a do-everything bike, this might be it. Touring, brevets, commuting, gravel grinders, fast-ish group rides. ANYTHING!
Next, we present the Surly Troll. If the now out-of-production Instigator and the 1x1 spent a careless night together, the Troll would be the illegitimate offspring. It has braze-ons and eyelets for everything - racks, fenders, the forthcoming Surly trailers.
If the Cross-Check above is a do-anything road bike, the Troll is a do-anything semi-indestructible All-Terrain-Bike. It's like a touring bike that can handle 2.7" tires. Or it's a mountain bike that can carry a full touring load plus a trailer. We're not advocating this, but you can even put 700c wheels on it, hypothetically. To me, this is one of the most intriguing bikes ever.