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.
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 it’s 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 trip on the Midnight Special today!
Crankset: SRAM S390 50/34t
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP
Front/Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival 22
Cog or cogset: Sunrace 11– 32t
Chain: KMC X11, 11-speed
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Brakes: TRP Spyre Flat Mount
Brake Levers/Shifters: SRAM Rival 22 FR-5
Rotors: Round, shiney
Stem: ProMax DA-296, 31.8 4-bolt, Black
Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell 3
Saddle: WTB Volt Sport, steel rails
Seatpost: ProMax 27.2
Hubs: Formula RX-812, 12mm thru, (front)
Formula RX-300, 142mm thru, (rear)
Rims: Alex XD Elite 32h
Spokes: DT Industry 2.0, black
Tires: WTB Horizon, 650b x 47, tan wall