Surly's Midnight Special pairs road geometry with fat tires

Traditional steel meets modern all-road disc

Surly Bikes has carved out a niche by developing sensibly-priced steel bikes that meet real-world needs. The company’s latest creation is the Midnight Special, a versatile all-road bike that’s up to speed with the latest component standards. 

Surly Midnight Special highlights

  • 4130 Steel frameset
  • 650b / 700c compatible
  • 44mm head tube
  • Front and rear thru-axles
  • Direct-mount brake mounts
  • Massive tire clearance
  • $1,799 complete / $625 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
  • Available now

The Midnight Special is Surly's take on a modern steel road bike
The Midnight Special is Surly's take on a modern steel road bike

Call it a gravel bike, call it an all-road bike, however you want to position it, the Midnight Special is a do-it-all drop bar bike with massive tire clearance.

Pot-holes and rough roads be damned, this bike will take 650b tires up to 60mm (2.35in) wide and 700c tires up to 42mm wide.

A 44mm head tube for tapered fork fitment
A 44mm head tube for tapered fork fitment

While Surly has won the hearts and mind of retro-grouches the world over, this new machine is up to speed with current frame standards.

The Midnight Special has a 100x12mm front thru-axle with a 142x12mm thru-axle at the rear. It has a 44mm head tube for compatibility with forks and tapered steerers.

It wouldn't be a Surly if fat tires didn't fit
It wouldn't be a Surly if fat tires didn't fit

“We deliberately kept the Midnight Special a little leaner on the braze-on side of things. Well, lean for a Surly,” the company notes.

While some Surly models are blistering with braze-ons, the Midnight Special is a bit more streamlined. Being a Surly, it still sports three pairs of water bottle mounts along with rack and fender mounts.

The frame is designed for direct-mount brakes
The frame is designed for direct-mount brakes

The Midnight Special is available in eight sizes with geometry that appears to be quite neutral.

The Midnight Special will fit a wide range of riders
The Midnight Special will fit a wide range of riders

Surly offers the Midnight Special as a frameset and in one complete built. The complete bike features a SRAM Rival 22 drivetrain with mechanical TRP Spyre brakes. It rolls on 650bx47mm WTB Horizon tires.

The complete Midnight Special rolls on the fast and comfortable 650bx47mm WTB Horizon tires
The complete Midnight Special rolls on the fast and comfortable 650bx47mm WTB Horizon tires

The Midnight Special is now available. Pricing is set at $626 for the frame and fork and $1,799 for the complete bike. UK and Australian pricing have yet to be announced.

Visit surlybikes.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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