Written by Wally Wallace Friday, 26 July 2013 18:36
Well....Surly has done it again with their new Straggler Disc Cyclocross / Gravel Grinder / Adventure / Monstercross bike. And, since we've been patient, we'll throw in an emphatic "FINALLY!!!". Surly bikes typically aren't for the "top shelf or nothing" crowd... they're more for the "I prefer to own more bikes than pairs of underwear and still have $ left over for beer" crowd. Which is why the Surly Straggler, or what many thought would be the Surly CrossCheck Disc, is such a highly anticipated rig.
Details are few at this point, but here's what we know:
- The frame is purple, or more specifically "Unicorn Stew"
- You most likely need this bike to lead a truly fulfilling life
- The frame comes with an "ED" coating inside the frame and fork to help prevent rust
- It should have a lower BB than a Crosscheck and a taller headtube on sizes larger than 54cm
- The fork uses Long Haul Trucker dropouts and has mid-blade & crown mounting points for racks
- It has an 1-1/8 headtube
- It fits tires up to 45c
- The rear dropouts are brand new & look awesome (see below)
Bikeman deals with Surly products all day long, all day strong and has since they first came out, so we've seen the brand evolve. One thing we've always wanted to see was a better dropout for running singlespeed disc. The dropouts they have been using for years on their fat-bikes and other disc capable mountain frames worked well enough, but they required too much fiddling To get the wheel out when you flatted. Kind of a buzz kill at times...but we looked past it because of the price and overall versatility of their offerings. The new dropouts should address a lot of the aforementioned issues...we think. As they say up here in Maine - "It's hard sayin', not knowin' " From the looks of it, the silver adjusters can screw in from either side making fore/aft adjustments for singlespeed set ups or just to adjust the wheel base a breeze. Plenty of room for racks and/or fenders too without looking too bulky. Keep your eyes peeled, the Straggler has an ETA of September 2013 and we'll have framesets as soon as anyone!
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