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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...

http://www.1x1speed.com/frames/steamroller.htm
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
nm
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 http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html#frames

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.