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RIDE ON: A New Kind Of Road Bike

by Stephen regenold

Minnesota-based Surly is a brand not known for staying close to the center line. Keeping that pattern, the company this month released a new model dubbed “road-plus.”

It comes stock with wide tires to absorb bumps but also roll fast on the road. The company notes the build “shines on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel.”

Called the Midnight Special, the bike signals a further adoption of wider tires across all bike types. Indeed, you may have noticed that beyond the realm of pro racers skinny, high-pressure 23c tires are becoming a thing of the past.

In their place is a preference for more cushion and better roll over varying terrain. Surly uses the WTB Horizon 650b x 47 tires on this model, complete with tan sidewalls for full effect.

It’s available now for $1,799 complete or as a frameset for $625.

For more on this product, visit https://gearjunkie.com/. Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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