Urban Velo

Surly Straggler 650b


Last year Surly released the Straggler upon the world, basically a disc brake equipped version of the venerable Crosscheck, but different. It’s a great bike, we’ve been riding a pair of them since their introduction with a review of the 700c version slated for Urban Velo #43.

Surly has just announced the Straggler 650b, another different take on more of the same. This isn’t just a spec change, the frame and fork feature different geometry to fit the 650b wheels, a boon for people of shorter stature that have experience toe overlap problems on the 700c Straggler, and for everyone else that is finding the benefits of the ‘tweener wheel size. As the big brains at Surly say, “650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26” and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts.”


  1. Seems niceJuly 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve never met anyone short enough to use a 650 wheeled bike. How tall do you have to be approximately? 5’2″?

    Why is there no 750 bikes for 6’8″ people?

    My head is spinning.

  2. The Ol' CrankJuly 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    You don’t get out much, do you…

  3. GalenaNightfireJanuary 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    All of us 5-foot-nothings are VERY happy to open our hearts and wallets for a bike that actually fits us! If you have, “never seen us” it’s because we are those strange blurs passing you with our tiny legs spinning like crazy!

    I wish you the best in findinfg a giant bike to fit you as well.

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