Surly Preamble - Dropbar

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


FrameSurly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel tubing, E.D. coated
ForkSurly Preamble, 100% Chromoly steel fork, Disc Only
Seatpost ClampSurly Stainless 30.0

Headset VP 1-1/8" Threadless
Brakes Avid BB7 Mechanical
Brake levers microSHIFT R400-L and R-490-R
Rotors SRAM 160mm F/R
Shifter microSHIFT R400
Stem Kalloy 31.8
Handlebar Salsa Cowbell
Grip/Tape Black Cork
Saddle Selle Italia X-Base
Seatpost Kalloy 27.2 x 300mm

Crankset Samox, 3-piece, 40t
Bottom Bracket JIS 68 x 124.5mm
Front derailleur N/A
Rear derailleur microSHIFT RD-M46S
Cog or cogset microSHIFT 11-36t, 9-speed
Chain KMC Z9

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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