Surly Straggler Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Surly Straggler

Surly calls it's Straggler, the “mountain biker’s road bike'' because it can take you just about anywhere. You can use it for daily commuting, touring, or off-road riding on weekends.

Comfortable to ride. The bike's steel frame absorbs shock which makes riding the Surly Straggler very smooth.

Versatile. You can use the Straggler in different terrain, and weather without having to worry if the bike can handle it.

Customizable. You can easily change bike components for improved performance or just for the fun of it.

The bike’s steel frame makes it a heavy bike.

The Surly Straggler is not made for speed. It's weight slows it down, so if you’re a speed junkie this bike is not for you.

Surly is a reputable bike company based in Minnesota, U.S. It has different bike models which include commuter, mountain and e-bikes. 

The first version of the Surly Straggler was made in 2013. Each year since then, they have been releasing an upgrade of the bike. Together with the Surly Cross-Check, the Straggler is one of Surly's best selling bikes.

The latest version has some amazing specs. These include SRAM Apex 1x11 shifters, Hayes CX Comp,160 rotors disc brakes, Alex Adventurer 2, tubeless ready tires, and a WTB Volt Sport saddle.

The bike is available in sizes 42-62, so short or tall riders can enjoy riding it. The bicycle comes in three colors, red, black, and blue.

Who is this bike for?

  • On its website, Surly states that you can ride the Straggler anywhere you want. So, if you're going to invest in one bike that you can use for multiple purposes, seriously consider buying the Surly Straggler.
  • If you're a cycling enthusiast who loves building their own bike, you should get the Straggler. This bike is very customizable, so you can add and remove components until you assemble the perfect machine for you.
Surly Straggler

Performance

By now, you already know the Surly Straggler can handle any terrain you choose to ride over. This is made possible by its steel frame and fork, which offer a smooth ride on all terrains.

However, the steel does increase the weight of the bike, impacting its overall speed. But Surly built this bike for versatility, not racing. The bicycle does go up hills reasonably well and descends like lighting.

The Surly Knard 700cx41, 33TPI tires the Straggler comes with also gives it excellent traction and handling. For ease in stopping, the Surly Straggler has Hayes CX Comp, 160 rotors disc brakes. These bring you to a stop within seconds of braking.

If you plan on using the Straggler as a touring bike, mounts that allow you to add 8- and 24-Pack racks will come in handy.

Conclusion

The Surly Straggler’s versatility makes this bike very appealing. Its reasonable price and smooth ride on and off-road also make the Straggler attractive. If you want a bike that does it all and isn’t so expensive, this might be a perfect bike for you!

Specifications

Frame:

Surly Straggler, 100% Surly proprietary 4130 CroMoly tubing. ED Coated. TIG-welded. Double-butted main triangle

Suspension

Fork:

Surly Straggler, 4130 CroMoly, disc only, lugged and brazed. Sloping crown with threaded eylets, tapered and butted curved blades with mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Novatec, 6 bolt Disc, 32H, QR

Rear Travel:

Novatec, 6 bolt Disc, 32H, QR

Crankset:

SRAM Apex 42T

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP

Shifters:

SRAM Apex 1x11

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM Apex

Number of Gears:

SRAM 11-42t 11spd

Brakes:

Hayes CX Comp, 160 rotors/ SRAM Apex

Wheel Size:

Alex Adventurer 2, tubeless ready

Tires:

Surly Knard 700cx41, 33TPI

Handlebar:

Salsa Cowbell

Stem:

ProMax 31.8, 4 bolt

Seat Post:

ProMax SP-2019 non-offset (38–50cm); ProMax SP2016 offset (52–58cm), 27.2 x 300mm, black

Saddle:

WTB Volt Sport

Headset:

Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8"

Chain:

SRAM PC1110

Surly Straggler

Surly calls it's Straggler, the “mountain biker’s road bike'' because it can take you just about anywhere. You can use it for daily commuting, touring, or off-road riding on weekends.