surlystraggler

At dirt bike demo at #Interbike2013 the purple sparkle stylings of the hunky Straggler from Surly stood out like a cyclocross sex bomb. As hypnotic as it is in person, there’s 2 big questions:

#1 How is it different than the Cross Check?
#2 How does it compare to the All-City Macho Man/Nature Boy in ride or style? (I’ll leave that for another post)

Surly gets that the Straggler is confusingly similar to the Cross Check and blogged about it.

Since bike nerds love geometry, let’s look at that first:

geo-no-gusset-1 The Straggler:

42cm 46cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm 62cm 64cm
Seat Tube Length
(Center-Top)
16.5 18.1 19.7 20.5 21.3 22.0 22.8 23.6 24.4 25.2
Top Tube Length
(Center-Center)
19.8 20.2 20.7 21.5 22.2 22.8 23.4 23.9 24.5 25.2
Effective Top Tube Length
(Center-Center)
20.5 20.8 21.1 21.7 22.2 22.8 23.4 24.0 24.6 25.2
Head Tube Angle 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0
Seat Tube Angle 75.0 74.5 74.0 73.5 73.0 72.5 72.5 72.0 72.0 72.0
BB Drop 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8
Chainstay Length 16.5 16.5 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.9 16.9 16.9 16.9 16.9
Wheelbase 38.8 38.9 39.2 39.6 40.0 40.6 41.2 41.6 42.2 42.8
Standover Height 28.7 29.5 30.3 30.6 31.2 31.9 32.6 33.3 34.1 34.8
Head Tube Length 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 4.2 4.8 5.7 6.5 7.3 7.8
Fork Length 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7
Fork Rake 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Stack 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.6 22.3 23.3 24.0 24.7 25.2
Reach 14.8 14.9 15.0 15.4 15.6 15.8 16.1 16.2 16.6 17.0

 

The Cross Check:

42cm 46cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm 62cm
Seat Tube Length
(Center-Top)
16.5 18.1 19.7 20.5 21.3 22.0 22.8 23.6 24.4
Top Tube Length
(Center-Center)
19.9 20.3 21.1 21.5 22.0 22.4 22.8 23.6 24.0
Effective Top Tube Length
(Center-Center)
20.6 20.8 21.3 21.5 22.0 22.4 22.8 23.6 24.0
Head Tube Angle 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0
Seat Tube Angle 75.0 74.5 74.0 73.5 73.0 72.5 72.5 72.0 72.0
BB Drop 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6
Chainstay Length 16.5 16.5 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7
Wheelbase 39.0 39.1 39.6 39.6 39.9 40.1 40.5 41.1 41.5
Standover Height 28.8 29.6 30.3 30.6 31.2 31.9 32.7 33.4 34.1
Head Tube Length 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 4.0 4.8 5.6 6.3 7.1
Fork Length 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 15.7
Fork Rake 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Stack 20.8 20.8 20.8 20.8 21.2 21.9 22.7 23.4 24.1
Reach 14.9 15.0 15.3 15.3 15.5 15.5 15.7 16.0 16.2

 

Got that? Good. No? Don’t worry, it’s basically extremely similar and both are fun to ride. If you haven’t drank enough kool-aid to get into geometry to that level of detail – go out and ride the two right after each other. It’s the best way to know which one is going to rock your world anyway.

*Hidden Special Secret Knowledge Bonus: If you’re tall (over 6′) it gets hard to fit regular sized bikes. Surly makes bikes that size unusually well for tall people.

From Surly, “the Straggler, Surly’s long overdue disc brake equipped cross bike. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that it’s got disc brakes. Good, now that we got that out of the way let me point out a couple more things that make it stand apart from our venerable CrossCheck. The rear dropouts have been totally redesigned with a couple things in mind – Disc brakes, rear derailleur, single speed, and ease of wheel removal. The Straggler frame & fork is also ED coated to help to improve the life of your frame. The Straggler fork is using the Long Haul Trucker dropouts, mid blade & crown eyelets to accommodate a wide verity of fenders and racks.”

Straggler_dropouts

from http://surlybikes.com/

From my test ride: This is in some ways a trend bike: disc brakes + cyclocross aspects (drop bars) with enough fork/tire clearance to start dropping jargon like Monster Cross! Which is cool, because unlike fat bikes – I’m super into that. Cyclocross is wicked fun, but those bikes also make amazing touring bikes, everyday commuters and trail. What’s not to love?

On the dirt demo trails it was an awesome juxtaposition from some of the overly designed full suspension ulta-whatever bikes that seem to remove the rider from the feel of the road or the bike. The Straggler feels connected, fast & fun. Dig it!

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