We don’t talk down other frame materials. Instead, we are adamant that steel is the best material for the kinds of bikes we design and ride.
Our ‘Natch!’ tubesets are 100% proprietary 4130 CroMoly. This means every model has a unique tubeset designed by our engineers to match the intended use and loading characteristics of the bike. In addition, sizes within each model have tubesets scaled to preserve optimum butting profiles. Our forks, too, are proprietary and model-specific. These features create the characteristic “Surly Ride” – comfort and compliance – that is consistent across all Surly bikes. Add to this foundation of proprietary tubing our assortment of custom dropouts, fittings, and castings. The frame is the most important part of the bike. Design details and frame features create a foundation that Surly riders can customize to make it their own.
We love the Surly Straggler, this bike can be “the quiver of ONE!” Like all Surly bikes it can fit big tires, and fenders. You can set it up with either drop bars or flat bars like the Jones. It has rack mounts to make it a perfect touring bike. The disc brakes and ergo shift levers make it a perfect gravel bike. This year the Straggler comes in a beautiful blue or black color. Paired with some Compass tires, this bike is ready to go anywhere your heart desires. Come in and see for yourself.
The Midnight Special, Surly’s newest bike, think of this as the road bike that can handle BIG tires, we are talking 47c tires stock. I know what your thinking, “how does it ride with those big tires?” The answer is “Amazing” The trend these days is big tires at low pressures. The days of 23c tires inflated to 110 psi are over. The ability to run big tires at low pressures is what the Midnight Special is all about. No more worrying about potholes or a little gravel on your route, the increased tire size allows you to sail over imperfections with ease. And there’s no sacrifice of speed, don’t believe us? Come in and test ride a Midnight Special and you see for yourself. We have all sizes for an exact fit.
Years ago the Karate Monkey helped start the 29” wheel movement and, as time’s gone by, many companies – Surly included – have experimented with even more wheel sizes.
With so many different types and sizes of tires now on the market, riders have begun to understand the effect that tire width has on overall wheel diameter, and with ample tire clearance, you can see the benefits of multiple wheel sizes all on one bike. 27+ tires have the same rolling diameter as a 29” wheel, yet you get all the traction and floatation benefits of extra-wide knobbies. And that’s just the tires.
Our Long Haul Trucker enjoys a reputation as one of the best riding and most value-packed touring bikes out there. It’s been around long enough to be tested in the real world, in all kinds of places, with all kinds of loads on all kinds of roads.
If you’re like us, your bike needs will likely change by the day, week, month or year. Ogre can get you to your job during the week, then way out of town on the weekend. It’s not sluggish on pavement or gravel and can also hold its own on singletrack. Feel like riding from Alaska to the tip of South America? You can load everything you need on Ogre and still have plenty of space for “souvenirs”. Ogre can handle it even if you don’t think you can. Ogre believes in you so you don’t have to.
Off-road touring can be a zesty enterprise, but it’s not without its perils. Bicycles are simple machines that are extremely efficient, but all simple machines carry along with them the chance of breaking down. This efficiency can get you in trouble if your bike decides to break down far away from the comforts of your parent’s basement. If you’re going to ride your bicycles where no one can see, you better take gear that’s up to the task. Troll is up to the task.