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Surly Preamble Drop Bar



Nothing More is Needed. Nothing Less Will Do.

The challenge was thus: Build a serious steel bike and give it only the attributes that matter most. Make it quick and comfortable on pavement, as well as confident and compliant on degraded surfaces. What the Enginerds put forth is Preamble, a pavement and gravel utility worker that proves you don’t need to cut corners or clip coupons to make a more affordable steel bike. You just need to keep shit simple.

Preamble can run racks and fenders and carry a couple water bottles. Surly was raised on stealing basic cable, after all. Smooth and efficient on asphalt, Preamble’s double-butted main triangle provides a resplendent ride feel and withstands abuse from life’s inevitable potholes. Make it your own with flat bars, drop bars, a basket, or bags. On the road to steel euphoria, Preamble is the gateway drug.

  • Let facts be submitted to a candid world: Offered in flat-bar and drop-bar configurations
  • Easy T-Shirt sizing to fit nearly every rider (XS,S,M,L,XL)
  • Sloping top tubes on XS and Small frames for improved standover and comfort
  • To offer the best rider experience for every frame size, XS and S frames get 650b wheelsets while M–XL get 700c
  • Custom-cast single-position vertical dropout

Frame Surly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel tubing, E.D. coated
Fork Surly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel fork, Disc Only
Seatpost Clamp Surly Stainless 30.0


Headset VP 1-1/8" Threadless
Brakes Avid BB7 Mechanical
Brake levers microSHIFT R400-L and R490-R
Rotors SRAM 160mm F/R
Shifter microSHIFT R400
Stem Kalloy 31.8
Handlebar Salsa Cowbell
Grip/Tape Black Cork
Saddle Selle Italia X-Base
​Seatpost Kalloy 27.2 x 300mm
Crankset Samox, 3-piece, 40t
Bottom Bracket JIS 68 x 124.5mm
Front derailleur N/A
Rear derailleur microSHIFT RD-M46S
Cog or cogset microSHIFT 11-36t, 9-speed
Chain KMC Z9
Wheels Front hub Novatec, 6-bolt disc, 32h, QR
Rear hub Novatec, 6-bolt disc, 32h, QR
Rims 21mm, 32h
Tires Kenda Kwik Tendril 700c x 35mm (MD/LG/XL) & Kenda Standard 650b x 1.35 (XS/SM)


About Us

Though we’re a bike shop that sells, builds and fixes bicycles, they’re really just the means to an end; albeit a beautifully designed means to an idyllic end. Our job most importantly is to encourage as many people as we can to get out and ride for transport and enjoyment. We'd love to make riding a bike as commonplace as your morning cup of coffee, which by the way is our other obsession.

Contact Us

Bicycle Junction is situated at 1 Marion St, Te Aro, Wellington.

Call us on (04) 385 2362 OR send us a message.