Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Surly Steamroller

Surly Steamroller - available at Spokes Etc. for $700.

Some folks are into Surly the way certain geeks are into Apple, if you know what I mean. As Surly’s website says: “In the beginning, Surly made frames, and they were good.” Well, a good frame is always a good start.

Surly now offers five complete bikes and in an ideal world they'd all be in your stable: the Karate Monkey for mountain biking, the Big Dummy for your cargo bike needs, the Long Haul Trucker for touring, the Steamroller for fixed gear urban riding, and the Cross-Check for... well, pretty much everything else.

This post is about the Steamroller because it’s the only new, complete Surly bike that you can buy for less than a grand. It's major downside: no braze-ons for racks or fenders.

Here are the specs:

Frame: 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG-welded.
Fork: CroMoly, lugged and brazed. 1-1/8" threadless steer tube.
Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp 1-1/8" threadless, w/ 30mm spacers. Black
Stem: Kalloy 1-1/8" threadless. Forged. 26.0mm clamp. Black
Handlebars: PMT Aluminum. Black
Handlebar wrap: Co-Union Cork Mix. Black
Brake Lever: Tektro RL570 Front 'cross lever. Black
Brake: Tektro R356. Front caliper. Black
Crankset: Andel Forged arms. 47t ring. Black
Bottom Bracket: Sugino 68x103mm
Seatpost: Kalloy - SP-248D, 27.2mm Black, Jack
Saddle: WTB SST Steel rails. Black
Cog: Surly fixed gear 3/32" 19 tooth, Surly lockring included (f/w not included).
Chain: SRAM PC-48
Hubs: Surly 32hole, 120mm OLD fixed/free. Black
Spokes: DT Swiss 14g stainless. Silver
Rims: Alex DA-13, 700c, 32 hole. Black
Tires: Maxxis Detonator, 700c x 25. Tanwall
Tubes: Cheng Shin 700c x 25

Also, check out the Surly blog.

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