To brake or to disc brake? The debate isn't getting any colder and Surly decided it's best to let you choose. Straggler is bred from Surly's revered rim-brake Cross-Check and comes out a lot the same, but also a little different. Frame geometry is pretty close, and you get all the attachment provisions for racks, fenders, and bottle cages that make these bikes something more utilitarian than a standard 'cross racer. Disc brakes are the obvious change though, and the Straggler sports Hayes CX Experts with 160mm rotors front and rear. The athletic character continues with a SRAM Apex 2x10 drivetrain, giving you a useful gear range for any type of riding you can dream up, and continues with 32-hole alloy Alex XD-E Lite rims wrapped in Surly's own super-versatile 700c x 41 Knard rubber. A Salsa Cowbell handlebar is great for riding on mixed terrain, too, giving you a bit more control when it's loose while retaining comfortable positioning for cranking into the wind. Make it your gravel explorer on weekends, your trusty commuter during the week, and go collect all the hand-ups when cyclocross season rolls around. This Straggler's lookin' for a good time and you seem like the type to oblige.
The CAAD Optimo is the perfect gateway bike for aspiring riders. Its race-bred performance and welcoming price will get you hooked on cycling in no time. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame with carbon fork - Cannondale RS/FOrmula wheelset - 8-speed Shimano Claris components
This is the speediest, smoothest, best handling, finest performing aluminum race bike on the planet. Cannondale's CAAD13 continues to show racers around the globe that aluminum can be every bit as good as carbon fiber, and in many ways it's even better. Direct mount rim brakes and Shimano's 105 2x11 drivetrain keep weight low with reliable shifting and braking across the range. A Fulcrum Racing 900 wheelset and Vittoria Zaffiro tires provide great all-around mileage, while Cannondale's own component group keeps this women's road bike looking pro at a great price point.
Light, smooth, fast and elegantly designed. The Synapse is the ultimate machine for full-gas, full-day exploits. Endurance geometry provides stable, confident handling, and a more upright riding position for all-day adventures, while micro-Suspension in the rear triangle and fork keeps you comfortable and in control. Clearance for tires up to a 32mm wide, and subtle, hidden fender mounts for exploring the wilder side of endurance riding.
Pure gravel goodness. With its high-volume tires, confident rider position and sporty handling, Topstone is ready to smash out big miles on the backroads, explore routes less traveled, or smooth out the chop on your morning commute. - Aluminum thru-axle frame - Full carbon thru-axle fork - Shimano Sora drivetrain - Promax Decoder R mechanical disc brakes - WTB Riddler tires
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