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Surly Preamble Flat Bar

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The Preamble is your best entry into the world of cycling. Durable Surly steel, generalist geometry, all combine to deliver a great bike at a great price. Bike and Brew gives this bike two thumbs up!

Delivery time: In store pick up


Nothing More is Needed. Nothing Less Will Do.

The challenge was thus: Build a serious steel bike and give it only the attributes that matter most. Make it quick and comfortable on pavement, as well as confident and compliant on degraded surfaces. What the Enginerds put forth is Preamble, a pavement and gravel utility worker that proves you don’t need to cut corners or clip coupons to make a more affordable steel bike. You just need to keep shit simple.

Preamble can run racks and fenders and carry a couple water bottles. Surly was raised on stealing basic cable, after all. Smooth and efficient on asphalt, Preamble’s double-butted main triangle provides a resplendent ride feel and withstands abuse from life’s inevitable potholes. Make it your own with flat bars, drop bars, a basket, or bags. On the road to steel euphoria, Preamble is the gateway drug.

  • Let facts be submitted to a candid world: Offered in flat-bar and drop-bar configurations
  • Easy T-Shirt sizing to fit nearly every rider (XS,S,M,L,XL)
  • Sloping top tubes on XS and Small frames for improved standover and comfort
  • To offer the best rider experience for every frame size, XS and S frames get 650b wheelsets while M–XL get 700c
  • Custom-cast single-position vertical dropout


Frame: Surly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel tubing, E.D. coated
Fork: Surly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel fork, Disc Only
Seatpost Clamp: Surly Stainless 30.0


Headset: VP 1-1/8" Threadless
Brakes: Avid BB5 Mechanical
Brake levers: Avid FR-5
Rotors: SRAM 160mm F/R
Shifters: microSHIFT Acolyte Xpress
Stem: Kalloy 31.8
Handlebar: Kalloy, 35mm rise, 9-degree backsweep
Grip/Tape: Black Rubber
Saddle: Selle Italia X-Base
Seatpost: Kalloy 27.2 x 300mm


Crankset: Samox, 3-piece, 40t
Bottom Bracket: JIS 68 x 124.5mm
Rear derailleur: microSHIFT RD-M5185M
Cassette: microSHIFT 12-42t, 8-speed
Chain: KMC Z8.3


Front hub: Novatec, 6-bolt disc, 32h, QR
Rear hub: Novatec, 6-bolt disc, 32h, QR
Rims: 21mm, 32h
Tires: Kenda Kwik Tendril 700c x 35mm (MD/LG/XL) & Kenda Standard 650b x 1.35 (XS/SM)

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