We think by now, most of you get what Straggler is. It's a Cross Check with disc brakes instead of rim brakes. We also think you get why that's good. The Cross Check is a madly versatile bike that can be used for most types of riding and riding surfaces. It can be set up as a hauler or a mauler and so can Straggler. Better still is that you now have the option of 650b wheel size. 650b wheels were popular for a long time many years ago on 'Constructeur' style bicycles and we all know how real shit was back in the day.... 650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26" and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts.
Straggler has disc caliper mounts instead of rim brake studs. It'll accept rotors up to 160mm. The rear dropouts are unique, too. They're a partially closed horizontal design that accommodates singlespeed or geared drivetrains. They feature stop screws that thread in from the rear to further secure the wheel and to position the rear wheel for optimal shifting, plus a forward-mounted stop screw on the drive side to keep the wheel from slipping forward under the force of your gargantuan legs. The rear dropouts are spaced 135mm instead of 132.5mm like the Cross-Check simply because there are far more options for disc hubs in this spacing.
Straggler shares all of the Cross-Check's braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages. The Straggler's geometry is slightly different, with angles and tube lengths very close but not identical to the Cross-Check, but like the Cross-Check it's ready to take you just about anywhere. It's a day tripper and a weekender. It's a 'rough road' road bike. It's a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It's a utilitarian townie. It's a light-duty touring bike. It's an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else.
The Surly Straggler 650B 2016 Features are:
Frame: Surly Straggler, 100% Surly proprietary 4130 CroMoly tubing. ED Coated. TIG-welded. Double-butted main triangle
Fork: Surly Straggler, 4130 CroMoly, disc only, lugged and brazed. Sloping crown with threaded eylets, tapered and butted curved blades with mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets
Headset: Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8?. Black
Bars: Salsa Cowbell, 31.8mm. Black
Stem: Kalloy AS-025N, 26.0mm bar clamp. Aluminum, 4-bolt. Black
Front Mech: Shimano CX-70, Black
Rear Mech: Shimano Tiagra RD-4601, Long cage. Black
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra, Black
Chainset: Andel QRSC31-227XR 48/36; 165mm for 38, 42, 46; 170mm for 50cm
Bottom Bracket: Surly Enduro, Black
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG62, 11-32t
Chain: KMC x10, Chainy
Front Brake: Avid BB7, 160mm Avid Centerline rotors
Rear Brake: Avid BB7, 160mm Avid Centerline rotors
Rims: Alex XD-E Lite
Front Hub: Surly Ultra New, Black
Rear Hub: Shimano Deore M525 disc, black
Spokes: DT Swiss Comp, 2.0/1.8
Tyres: Surly Knard 41, 27tpi Front - Surly Knard 41, 27tpi Rear
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-342, 27.2mm. 300mm. Black
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