Surly Midnight Special do-it-all road bike unveiled

Road plus machine has tire clearance for either 27.5x2.35 or 700x42cm

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Surly The Midnight Special

Surly’s Midnight Special in the wild and ready to roll.

Road bikes belong on the road and that’s it, right? Well, not according to the people over at Surly. The Midnight Special, Surly’s new road plus bike is designed to provide comfort and speed on all-day rides, allowing you to take on the road, but not be sad when the pavement ends.

Surly The Midnight Special Crit Style

The Midnight Special can still rail tarmac.

Find yourself mashing through pot-holed, deteriorating pavement, and the occasional long stretch of gravel? That’s where the Midnight Special hits its stride.

Surly The Midnight Special All Road

Arriving stock with 34mm WTB tires, the Midnight Special will take you places most road bikes can’t.

To understand the Surly Midnight Special and its intent best to hear from the creators themselves. “The benefits of the Midnight Special road plus tires go beyond just comfort, they create a more extensive contact patch, thereby increasing your traction,” says Surly. “And traction is a good thing. Additionally, higher volume tires allow you to fine-tune your tire pressure on varying surfaces. Let a little out on bumpy roads and pump those suckers up on smooth ones.”

Surly The Midnight Special 3/4

Surly’s new all-road animal, the Midnight Special.

At first glance, you might notice that the Midnight Special has fewer bells than some of Surly’s other models, but don’t fret, it’s still chock full of whistles. It utilizes modern road standards like flat-mount disc brakes, 12mm front and rear thru-axles, and a 44mm headtube. Couple all that with tire clearance for either 27.5×2.35 or 700x42cm.

Key Specs
  • Frame: 4130 CroMoly, double-butted main triangle, ED coated, TIG-welded
  • Fork: 100 x 12mm thru-axle, flat mount disc
  • Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm
  • Frame color: Hot mayonnaise
  • Front and rear fender and rack mounts, downtube and seat tube water bottle mounts, downtube shifter bosses

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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