Sold on the do-it-all nature of gravel bikes but don’t want to loose the snappy acceleration of your road bike? The Surly Midnight Special could be the one. Smaller diameter 650b wheels allow high-volume cushy tyres to fit into conventional road geometry. More than capable on the likes of New Forest gravel and the unmaintained bike paths of the world, but designed for gunning it, full throttle, pedal to the metal, all day in sublime comfort.
Enter: The Midnight Special – a Road Plus bike designed to provide comfort and speed on those all-day rides that extend well beyond fresh pavement. It rides like a cloud on smooth pavement. but that’s expected. Any bike can do that. Where it truly shines is on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel. The Midnight Special’s 650b Road Plus tires eat up road chatter and absorb all the bumps in the road like the champion it was designed to be.
If you’re some masochist who is unfazed by the thought of a bumpy, chattery eight-hour road ride, you should know that the benefits of Road Plus go beyond just comfort. They also create a wider contact patch, thereby increasing your traction. And traction is a good thing. Additionally, higher volume tires allow you to better fine tune your tire pressure on varying surfaces. Let a little out on bumpier roads and pump those suckers up on smooth ones.
At first glance, you might notice that Midnight Special has fewer bells than some of our other models. But don’t you fret, it still chock full of whistles. It utilises modern road standards like flat-mount disc brakes, 12mm front and rear thru-axles, and a 44mm head tube. Couple all that with a 650b x 60mm or 700c x 42cm tire clearance and you have a bike that will withstand evolving trends and standards. We deliberately kept the Midnight Special a little leaner on the braze-on side of things. Well, lean for a Surly. It has mounts for racks, fenders, and three water bottles so you can bring what you need for a long road ride, keep your keister dry, and still pee a healthy clear at the end of your ride.
Please note: This bike is UK specc’d by Ison and will differ from the complete bikes as shown on the US Surly site. A 2x model is available too!
- Frame 100% Surly proprietary 4130 CroMoly, double butted, ED coated
- Fork 4130 CroMoly, ED coated, TIG-welded
- Headset Gusset S2
- Handlebar Genetic Drove Bar
- Stem Genetic SLR
- Bar Tape Genetic Classic Cork Tape
- Saddle Genetic STV
- Seatpost Genetic
- Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival 1x long cage
- STI Levers SRAM Apex Hydro 1x
- Chain SRAM PC 1110 11s
- Crankset SRAM Rival 1x 42T
- Cassette S-Race MX8 11s 11-42
- Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
- Brakes SRAM Apex Hydro
- Wheels Halo Vapour MT
- Tyres Schwalbe G-One Speed 650x50c
- Colour Hot Mayonnaise