The Steamroller is the bicycle in its simplest form — the fixie. You may be thinking, “Fixies are so 2008” or “All the blogs I read say I should like something different now.” Well, the Steamroller is different. Built for the streets, it has a geometry that’s closer to that of a road bike than a true track bike. Couple that with its double-butted 4130 CroMoly steel construction and 38c tire clearance and you have yourself a lively and resilient ride that can handle potholes, grass shortcuts, urban trails, and back alleys like a champ. You need only peruse the Steamroller Image Dump to see just how versatile such a simple machine can be.
As one of the first models we ever produced, the Steamroller is truly like a member of the family. And we’re talking one of the ones we actually like, not your weird Uncle Norman that insists on showing you his magic tricks while always finding a way to ruin Thanksgiving. It was our innate fondness for it that prompted us to bring it back as a complete bike after only offering a frame and fork option for a couple of years. The Steamroller complete is done up right with durable parts that can take some abuse. It’s even spec’d with a flip flop hub and front and rear rim brakes if you find that freewheeling is more your style.
The Steamroller has become a favorite for many a bike nerd over the years, and for good reason. It’s versatile, simple, and smoother than a swig of whiskey in winter on all sorts of terrain
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|Reach||15.3 388.1||15.5 394.0||15.8 402.3||16.1 408.2||16.6 420.6|
|Stack||19.9 504.9||20.9 531.3||22.0 558.8||23.1 586.4||24.3 618.1|
|Head Tube Angle||72.5°||73.0°||73.5°||74.0°||74.0°|
|Head Tube Length||3.3 83.0||4.3 109.0||5.4 136.0||6.4 163.0||7.7 196.0|
|Seat Tube Length||19.3 490.0||20.9 530.0||22.0 560.0||23.2 590.0||24.4 620.0|
|BB Drop||2.8 70.0||2.8 70.0||2.8 70.0||2.8 70.0||2.8 70.0|
|Wheelbase||37.7 956.8||38.1 966.5||38.5 978.6||38.8 987.5||39.7 1009.1|
|Chainstay Length||15.7 398.0||15.7 398.0||15.7 398.0||15.7 398.0||15.7 398.0|
|Top Tube Length, Actual||20.7 526.5||21.5 547.0||22.4 568.0||23.1 587.0||23.9 608.0|
|Top Tube Length, Effective||20.8 529.5||21.5 547.0||22.4 568.0||23.1 587.0||23.9 608.0|
|Seat Tube Angle||74.5°||74.0°||73.5°||73.0°||73.0°|
|Standover Height||29.5 748.5||30.7 780.5||31.8 807.9||32.9 835.2||34.1 865.3|
|Stem Length||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A|
|Handlebar Width||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A|
|Crank Length||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A||N/A N/A|
|Fork Length||14.8 375.0||14.8 375.0||14.8 375.0||14.8 375.0||14.8 375.0|
|Fork Rake||1.5 38.0||1.5 38.0||1.5 38.0||1.5 38.0||1..5 38.0|
Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle is double-butted. TIG-welded. ED Coated.
- Rear Dropouts
Investment cast Surly track dropouts, 120mm spaced
- Brake Compatibility
Standard reach road calipers, but there are no stops for housing
Eyelets on the rear dropouts and one set of water-bottle mounts on the seattube ’cause we’re not camels
- Seatpost Diameter
- Seatpost Clamp Diameter
30.0mm Surly stainless, included
- Headset/Steerer Tube
- Bottom Bracket Shell
68mm wide, threaded English 1.37" x 24t
- Chainring Clearance
Heavy manipulation of the chainstays gives room for a 50t ring while maintaining chainline. Track crank-compatible
- Tire Clearance
Room for tires up to 700c x 38mm. Individual tire and rim combos affect tire clearance, but figure on being able to use tires up to 32mm with fenders (p.s. use clip-on fenders)
4130 CroMoly, lugged and brazed flat crown that is drilled to accept a standard mid-reach (47–57mm) caliper brake. It has clearance for 700c x 38mm tires. There are no eyelets at the dropouts
Drink More Water Yellow
Shag Carpet Orange
Monkey Butt Red
- Steamroller Frame Sheet
[pdf] - 418KB
- Rack Fit Guide
[pdf] - 716KB
- Sizing Chart
[pdf] - 308KB
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