The most obvious difference of course is that the Straggler has disc caliper mounts instead of rim brake studs. It’ll accept rotors up to 160mm. The rear dropouts are unique, too. They’re a partially closed horizontal design that accommodates singlespeed or geared drivetrains. They feature stop screws that thread in from the rear to further secure the wheel and to position the rear wheel for optimal shifting, plus a forward-mounted stop screw on the drive side to keep the wheel from slipping forward under the force of your gargantuan legs. The rear dropouts are spaced 135mm instead of 132.5mm like the Cross-Check simply because there are far more options for disc hubs in this spacing.
Straggler shares all of the Cross-Check’s braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages. The Straggler’s geometry is slightly different, with angles and tube lengths very close but not identical to the Cross-Check, but like the Cross-Check it’s ready to take you just about anywhere. It’s a day tripper and a weekender. It’s a ‘rough road’ road bike. It’s a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It’s a utilitarian townie. It’s a light-duty touring bike. It’s an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else. We think that’s pretty neat.
Frameset Frame Surly Straggler, 100% Surly proprietary 4130 CroMoly tubing. ED Coated. TIG-welded. Double-butted main triangle Fork Surly Straggler, 4130 CroMoly, disc only, lugged and brazed. Sloping crown with threaded eylets, tapered and butted curved blades with mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets Seatpost clamp Surly Stainless, 30.0mm Drivetrain Crankset Shimano CX-50, 36/46t, Black Bottom Bracket Surly Enduro, Black Front Derailleur Shimano CX-70, Black Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra RD-4601, Long cage. Black Cog or Cassette Shimano CS-HG62, 11–32t Chain KMC x10, Chainy Components Headset Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8˝. Black Brakes Avid BB7, 160mm front & rear Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra, Black Shifters Shimano Tiagra, Black Stem Kalloy AS-025N, 26.0mm bar clamp. Aluminum, 4-bolt. Black Handlebar Salsa Cowbell, 31.8mm. Black Saddle Velo VL-1353, w/CroMoly Rail. Black Seatpost Kalloy SP-342, 27.2mm. 300mm. Black Extras Some pretty sweet & comfy cork tape Wheels Front Hub Surly Ultra New, Black Rear Hub Shimano 529 disc, Black Rims Alex XD-E Lite, Spokes DT Swiss Comp, 2.0/1.8 Tires Surly Knard 41, 27tpi