Just test drove it and loved it. Another satisfied customer here. Got the black version one!
I love the way mine feels like it can handle most any surface. Reminds me of the bike a we had as kids.
The battle of steel vs aluminum vs carbon. Whatever you feel comfortable on is the way to go. I have a Bianchi that was made in Italy and is 20+ years old and rides wonderful. I have a Surly Karate Monkey and it is a great mountain bike. I had a Cross Check and it was ok just because it didnt fit well enough. I have a Gunnar on the way now.
To those accusing Surly et al of selling overpriced, low grade frames, can you reccomend a higher quality frame of similar price that will clear fat tires and take disc brakes as well? Honest question, that's the sort of bike I'm looking for at the moment so I'm curious.
In reply to the previous post, I just bought a Specialized AWOL (I know, I know, I got it for less than shop cost) that will fit 29x2.2 tires. I bought the Comp which has the Reynolds 725 steel frame, is compatible w either s/s or belt drive or traditional drivetrain. Mine is setup 2x10 SRAM Apex stis w an x9 rd (48-34 11-36). So far I like it. It has a very short (75) stem that I'll be swapping to a 90 at some point. I'll post a separate thread at some point about the bike. They sell a frame/fork for somewhere around $700
To the OP, nice bike! Enjoy it!
Looking forward to the Damone comparison. I like the looks of each bike but am leaning towards the Damone.
The two bikes are very different. The Damone is fast,explosive, and carves the curves. The Straggler has that go anywhere and do anything feel. Together they make a great two bike combination. For paved surfaces I love the Damone. If the surface is unsaved or has lots of cracks the Straggler is better. Also if I am riding a social ride the Straggler has a rear rack and trunk bag, plus it does not mind cruising along. The Damone loves to travel fast and light.
Glad I have both.