Surly Steamroller

Surly offers the Steamroller as a frameset and also as a complete bike. The frame, like all their frames, is made of 4130 CroMoly steel. Steel is springy and durable, providing a ride feel you don’t get from aluminum or carbon fiber, at a price titanium can’t match. True, these frames are not the lightest out there, but then they’re not supposed to be. Instead, they’re a balance of excellent ride quality and durability.

It was designed as a dedicated fixed-gear, but its geometry is closer to a road bike than a track bike. It’ll take tires up to about 38mm. Its got nothing in the way of braze-ons except a set of water bottle cage mounts. You could add front and rear brakes and a freewheel if you really want, but you’ll need to use full length rear housing.

This year Surly changed the component spec of the complete bike. They gave the Steamroller big shoes, a wide upright-ish bar, brakes, and a gear ratio more suitable to paths as well as roads. It sports Surly hubs (the rear is outfitted with their fixed cog and lockring, and is threaded on the other side for a singlespeed freewheel should you want the option) and the new Open Bar handlebar, in addition to a selection of components designed to work well and love you long time without punching you in the wallet.

As you’ve probably noticed, there are a whole bunch of fixed-gears out there nowadays, most of them either actual track bikes (not especially suited to streets and definitely not suited to paths) or modified fixed-gears that people ride like BMX bikes. The Steamroller is more like an all terrain fixed-gear, an updated version of bikes from the old daze, long ago, when all bikes were fixed-gears, when people raced on flat oval dirt tracks, and when bad roads were the norm. The Steamroller is right at home in these conditions. What won’t it do? Bar spins.

Year 2011

Build Specs

Frame Surly Steamroller, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG-welded
Fork Surly Steamroller, 100% CroMoly, lugged & brazed. 1-1/8″ threadless steer tube
Crankset Andel, Forged arms. 44t, 3/32″ aluminum chainring. Black
Cog Surly fixed-gear, 19t, 3/32″ Surly lockring included (f/w not included)
Chain SRAM, PC-830
Headset Ritchey Logic Comp , 1-1/8″ threadless, w/30mm spacers. Black
Stem Kalloy AS-009, 1-1/8″ threadless. Forged. 25.4mm clamp. Black
Handlebar Surly Open Bar, CroMoly. No rise. 666mm width. Black
Grips Velo Kraton, Feels good. Black. 130mm
Brake Levers Tektro MT2.1, Front & rear
Brake Calipers Tektro R538, Front & rear calipers. Black
Bottom Bracket T.H.C., 68 x 103mm
Seatpost Kalloy – SP-248D, 27.2mm Black
Seatpost Clamp Surly Stainless, Black stainless steel
Saddle WTB SST, Vinyl. CroMoly. Black
Hubs Surly , 32h, 120mm OLD fixed/free rear. Black
Spokes DT Swiss, 14g. Black. 12mm Silver brass nipples
Rims Alex DA-22, 700c, 32h. Black
Tires Continental Tour Ride, 700c x 32mm. Black

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