So what is this Straggler anyway? The easy answer is to say that we added disc brakes to a Cross-Check and this is close to accurate. People have asked us to make a disc version of our highly versatile Cross-Check for a long time now and almost everything about the two are very similar. Straggler is slightly different, though.
The most obvious difference of course is that the Straggler has disc caliper mounts instead of rim brake studs. It’ll accept rotors up to 160mm. The rear dropouts are unique, too. They’re a partially closed horizontal design that accommodates singlespeed or geared drivetrains. They feature stop screws that thread in from the rear to further secure the wheel and to position the rear wheel for optimal shifting, plus a forward-mounted stop screw on the drive side to keep the wheel from slipping forward under the force of your gargantuan legs. The rear dropouts are spaced 135mm instead of 132.5mm like the Cross-Check simply because there are far more options for disc hubs in this spacing.
Straggler shares all of the Cross-Check’s braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages. The Straggler’s geometry is slightly different, with angles and tube lengths very close but not identical to the Cross-Check, but like the Cross-Check it’s ready to take you just about anywhere. It’s a day tripper and a weekender. It’s a ‘rough road’ road bike. It’s a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It’s a utilitarian townie. It’s a light-duty touring bike. It’s an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else. We think that’s pretty neat.
Frame: Surly Straggler, 100% Surly proprietary 4130 CroMoly tubing. ED Coated. TIG-welded. Double-butted main triangle
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
Seatpost clamp: Surly Stainless, 30.0mm
Crankset: Shimano CX-50, 36/46, Black
Bottom Bracket: Surly Enduro, Black
Front Derailleur: Shimano CX-70, Black
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra RD-4601, Long cage. Black
Cog or Cassette: Shimano CS-HG62, 11-32t
Chain: KMC x10, Chainy
Headset: Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8″. Black
Brakes: Avid BB7, 160mm front & rear
Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra, Black
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra, Black
Stem: Kalloy AS-025N. Aluminum, 4-bolt. Black
Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell, 31.8mm. Black
Saddle: Velo VL-1353, w/CroMoly Rail. Black
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-342, 27.2mm. 300mm. Black
Extras: Some pretty sweet & comfy cork tape
Front Hub: Surly Ultra New, Black
Rear Hub: Shimano 529 disc, Black
Rims: Alex XD-E Lite,
Spokes: DT Swiss Comp, 2.0/1.8
Tires: Surly Knard 41, 27tpi
Review on Road.cc (4/5 Stars):
“Wonderfully versatile all-rounder that can hit the trails, the streets or the long-haul open road; it might be the only bike you need, except for all the others”.