What it’s built for:
If you’re wondering just how roadie the team at Surly is willing to get, this is it. And it’s notthatroadie if we’re being honest. The Midnight Special is built for day-long rides down roads of worsening and worsening conditions. They bill it as their “road plus” bike as it comes as standard with sturdy 650b wheels allowing up to a 60c tyre (or 42s with a 700c wheel), now that’s a lot of cushion for a road bike. You’ll also notice that the frame looks a bit cleaner than most of their bikes, intentionally foregoing all but the most essential braze-ons for racks, fenders, and water bottles. Because ya know, there are somethings that the Surly crew just isn’t willing to do without. This 2020 version not only lays on a sweet new blue colorway but also moves to Sram’s venerable Rival 1x12 groupset finally vanquishing front derailleurs forever (or until you decide you want to convert back to a double because that’s totally an option).
Why we love it:
Road plus may well be a solid concept for an all-day road rider, but it is borderline sublime for commuters like we love and support here at Bicycle Junction. A slick 650b tyre allows you to roll efficiently while still soaking up heaps of road chatter, meaning a more pleasant pedal up the hill home after a long day at work. Plus with its clean lines we love how handsome these bikes can look whether set up for a daily commute or a day of getting out and exploring New Zealand’s wide open roads.
Stop by for a spin on the Midnight Special today!