Its been a few months since I sold off my Surly Pacer and bought this black beast so I felt it was time to share my first impressions of the bike in all its glorious single-speededness. Originally, I made the choice to purchase this bike with the idea that someday it would make a good gravel grinder and a decent light-touring bike. I thought about going with another Surly, such as the Crosscheck but I went for the disc brakes and the fact that I could actually sit on this one at my local shop. It also had some cool features that made me lean towards the relatively unproven bike versus the venerable Crosscheck.
First off that list of cool features was the price. I was able to pick up the Raleigh for a really reasonable price and would have paid substantially more for a Crosscheck. I also liked the overall parts selection on the Furley as I wanted to try out singlespeeding right away. Surly bikes are equiped with OK stuff, but the fit and finish of the stem, bars, grip tape, and saddle were a bit nicer on the Raleigh. The disc brakes were also a big plus (more on that later) because living in Idaho, I plan on riding up and down some big hills, and I don't want to worry about brakes while I'm going downhill at 30+ mph.
|One of my favorite pictures taken of any of my bikes... I just like it :)|
Now for some negatives with the stock setup: