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