In a move that is sure to send shockwaves through the bicycling world, Surly Bikes has announced that they will make their first departure from their all-steel frames for their bikes, and will be manufacturing their first-ever titanium frame.
The new model will be a road bike for the 2017 model year. We've been testing out an early prototype of this bike for the past year, and we have to say, it's da bomb. Titanium paired with a carbon fiber fork gives you all of the comfort of Surly's traditional 4130 chromoly, with the durability and light weight of titanium. Our test model came equipped with a mixed Shimano Ultegra/Dura-Ace drive train, and weighs in at just under 19 pounds (with pedals!).
Featuring S-bend seatstays for lateral stiffness and vertical compliance, the frame of course also embraces Surly's "Fatties Fit Fine" philosophy, accepting up to 700Cx32 tires, or 700Cx28 with fenders.
The color available is, um, Titanium.
Pricing and the official name for the new model are yet to be determined.