By Giant Mendez
She/her/dude pronouns (I’ll respond to just about anything, just don’t call me Natalie.) I’m passionate about getting more wtf’s, people of color, and shorties riding comfortably as I most of of the above. I’d like to see more people that look like me being represented and recognized by the cycling industry. I’ve said in the past “I love bikes and the cycling industry, they just doesn’t seem to love me back”…yet.
Surly Straggler Review- for the vertically challenged
I’ve had to use custom bikes to be comfortable UNTIL Surly came out with the Straggler 650B.
Legitimately sooooo highly endorsed for those who are shorty shorty. I am 5′ tall and I have NEVER EVER had a stock model bike fit me until I rode one of these.
The price point may be considered high for some folks but here is how I validate it:
- Steel frame, you will have it forever
- Rack and fender mounts for your every day or adventures
- Stock tires that don’t slow me down in the city and fuckin’ RIP on the dirt and gravel
- ED coating which means it’s resistant to rust off the shelf (and that for me was where the price bump was totally ok because if you took a CrossCheck or any other non ED coated bike and wanted it to be resistant to rust you’d need to strip it to a bare frame, FrameSave it, and then rebuild it all up. If you LBS does that for you it’s more than the cost of the extra $$ for built in ED coating*…
*Surly does not endorse the ED coating as a substitute for FrameSaver but I’m not really worried JUST MY OPINION GUYS)
Yeah I think that’s it.
Also it’s SPARKLY PURPLE BLING BLING (also comes in black if you are super stealth ninja)
I think this is the #1 most well spec’d bike for small people. I feel like they really did a great job with handlebar widths, cranks, stem lengths, etc. No wonky shit. Well done Surly. So much love.