Surly Midnight Special

Escape the man - take the Midnight Special!


Today’s road bikes are tricky little buggers. Sure, there’s still a place for super narrow, pizza cutter-esque tires that save watts and shave grams or whatever. There’s probably still even a place for a road racing bike. Those places still exist. We just don’t know - or particularly care - where they are. When it comes to road bikes, we just want to toss a few bananas into our pockets and see where the road takes us. We seek out varied surfaces on our rides and frequently go from pavement to gravel to shittier pavement.

Enter: The Midnight Special - a Road Plus bike designed to provide comfort and speed on those all-day rides that extend well beyond fresh pavement. It rides like a cloud on smooth pavement. but that’s expected. Any bike can do that. Where it truly shines is on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel. The Midnight Special’s 650b Road Plus tires eat up road chatter and absorb all the bumps in the road like the champion it was designed to be.

If you’re some masochist who is unfazed by the thought of a bumpy, chattery eight-hour road ride, you should know that the benefits of Road Plus go beyond just comfort. They also create a wider contact patch, thereby increasing your traction. And traction is a good thing. Additionally, higher volume tires allow you to better fine tune your tire pressure on varying surfaces. Let a little out on bumpier roads and pump those suckers up on smooth ones.

At first glance, you might notice that Midnight Special has fewer bells than some of our other models. But don’t you fret, it still chock full of whistles. It utilizes modern road standards like flat-mount disc brakes, 12mm front and rear thru-axles, and a 44mm head tube. Couple all that with a 650b x 60mm or 700c x 42cm tire clearance and you have a bike that will withstand evolving trends and standards. We deliberately kept the Midnight Special a little leaner on the braze-on side of things. Well, lean for a Surly. It has mounts for racks, fenders, and three water bottles so you can bring what you need for a long road ride, keep your keister dry, and still pee a healthy clear at the end of your ride.


  • Tubing 4130 CroMoly, doubl-butted main triangle, ED coated, TIG-welded
  • Rear Dropouts 142 x 12mm thru, vertical drop-out, integrated derailleur hanger
  • Brake Compatibility 140-160mm flat mount disc
  • Braze-ons/extras Front and rear fender and rack mounts, down tube and seat tube water bottle mounts, DT shifter bosses
  • Seatpost diameter 27.2mm
  • Seatpost clamp diameter 30.0mm
  • Headset/Steerer Tube 44mm head tube, 1-1/8 steerer tube
  • Front Derailleur Clamp Diameter 28.6mm
  • Bottom bracket shell 68mm threaded
  • Chainring Clearance 1x: 44t max 2x: 34/50t max
  • Tire Clearance 27.5 x 2.35in w/o fenders 700 x 42mm w/o fenders
  • Fork 100 x 12mm thru, flat mount disc, 400 x 50 (40-54cm), 400 x 40 (56-64cm)
  • Color Hot Mayonnaise


  • Frame 4130 CroMoly, double-butted main triangle, ED coated, TIG-welded
  • Fork 4130 CroMoly, ED coated, TIG-welded
  • Seatpost Clamp 30.0mm Surly Stainless
  • Crankset Sram S390 50/34t
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
  • Front Derailleur Sram Rival 22
  • Rear Derailleur Sram Rival 22
  • Cog or cogset SunRace 11-32
  • Chain KMC X11, 11 speed
  • Headset Cane Creek 40
  • Brakes TRP Spyre Flat Mount
  • Brake Levers Sram Rival 22
  • Shifters Sram Rival 22
  • Stem ProMax DA-296, 31.8 4 bolt, Black
  • Handlebar Salsa Cowbell 3
  • Saddle WTB Volt Sport, steel rails
  • Seatpost ProMax SP-2019 27.2x300mm non-offset (for 40-50) Black ProMax SP-2016 27.2x300mm offset (for 54-64cm) Black
  • Front Hub Formula RX-812, 12mm thru, 32h
  • Rear Hub Formula RX-300, 142mm thru, 32h
  • Rims Alex XD Elite 32h
  • Tires WTB Horizon, 650b x 47, tan wall


Product sizing: 40, 46, 50, 54, 58, 60, 64

About Us

Good Rotations is an independent bicycle shop, locally owned and operated since 2013. Our aim is encourage the use of bicycles for everyday journeys and further adventures and to grow and expand the cycling culture where we live. We want you to love your bike!

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