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Surly Steamroller... Opinions?(6 posts)

Surly Steamroller... Opinions?CSOL
Mar 19, 2001 6:21 AM
Anyone have one of these framesets? I want to build up a fixed gear with front and rear brakes, with track type dropouts. This thing seems to fit the bill...
Beautiful bike...priced rightKreeger
Mar 19, 2001 7:36 AM
I have a CrossXCheck and a buddy has the Steamroller. Great bike for the price, fun to ride, nicely built (in Taiwan, but who cares? They usually do better work that most American builders anyway).
re: Surly Steamroller... Opinions?Hank
Mar 19, 2001 8:19 AM
only problem is how are you going to set up the rear brake? If you want rear brakes, you might be better off watching the Marketplace for a nice older road frame with horrizontal dropouts.
Rear Brake Shouldn't Be A Problem...Greg Taylor
Mar 19, 2001 9:10 AM
I looked at the Steamroller a while back, and had the same question. I got an E-mail from the folks at Surly saying that this year they will drill the seat-stay bridge to fit a brake caliper. Still no braze-ons for the cable, but that shouldn't be a big deal. Just run a full-length cable and zip tie it (or get some old-fashioned cable clamps) to the top tube. The only real question is the positioning of the the bridge and whether you will need a long-reach caliper out back.
good to know (nm)Hank
Mar 19, 2001 10:02 AM
Check out Harris Cyclery for other optionstommyb
Mar 19, 2001 9:39 AM
Sheldon Brown has the Surly and some others at reasonable prices. They have modified a Bianchi track bike for road use, and that looks very sweet. Check out

On the other hand, half the fun is building your own from an old frame and parts from the big old box of broken down bike parts.