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    Is a Surly Steamroller (frame) a good step up from a Windsor Hour?

    Title pretty much says it all. I've got just about enough scratch saved up for a new frame and was wondering if the Steamroller is a worthwhile investment. Part of my reasoning is that I live in North Dakota and don't have a suitable winter bike, it would be nice to be able to throw some 38s on and be set for the season.

    I was looking at a Bianchi Super Pista, but even the Windsor is a little rough on tough roads and I don't think the aluminum would help that at all.

    Is there any reason not to do the upgrade? Has anyone here owned both?

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    If it's just the frame, then it doesn't matter much except for the wheel clearance. If you absolutely need the wheel clearance, then get the steamroller. If not, then just upgrade your components. I've ridden both, but they had totally different components (stock Hour, vs decked out Steamroller), so I can't really make a comparison.
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    If you're looking for something that can handle wider tires and deal with the roads of the upper midwest, the Super Pista makes zero sense.

    The Steamroller would be a good step up from your Windsor Hour in that it can handle the wider tires you want and is more suited to being a decent winter commuter.

    However, if having an all season ss/fg commuter is the goal, I'd look at the Cross Check over the Steamroller, unless track-ish geo is a must have. Also worth considering are the On One Pompino (good value) or All-City Nature Boy (good quality at a decent, not much more than Surly price point).
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    Yes

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    I know the Pista would be a bad winter bike, it was more for a fair weather fancy bike. I've already upgraded most of the components on my Windsor.

    I should mention that I work at an LBS that carries Bianchi, Specialized, Raleigh, and Surly. I would be buying it from there at somewhat of a discount.

    I do prefer more trackish geometry to road. This would be my main (or only) bike and I wouldn't run wide tires on it all year, just when there's snow on the ground.

    Something about Surly really appeals to me. They make it seem like their bikes can take a beating, and I do like to do some tricks (wheelies, little bunny hops, hardly fgfs) and it seems like the Steamroller can stand up to that.

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    It's cool, we all dream of the perfect good weather bike. Reality in the upper midwest is a pain, ain't it?

    If you do prefer track geometry and can get one at a discount because of where you work, the Steamroller seems like a really good choice. There's a lot of people out there who love their Surlies (Surly's?) so they have to be doing something right.

    Since you mentioned Raleigh, their Furley might be worth considering. If I was in your shoes tho, I'd go with the Steamroller and call it a day.
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    The all city big block can take 32's and might be slightly higher quality

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    I love my Steamroller. I'm running 32's on it right now and I feel like a kid again. I have a road bike that I had been riding primarily with 23's and 25's on it. I like the wider tires and I can tell that in inclement weather, I will appreciate them. The Steamroller has been a great bike for me. Rough and tough as they come.

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    My roomie rides an All City Nature Boy (All City's SS cyclocross bike). Their frames are pretty high quality for the price and if you can get Surly you can probably get them too. Look into them for sure, I know the Nature Boy has "hidden" fender mounts. Dunno about their track frames.

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    For some dumb reason we don't carry All City bikes. If we did I would already have a Big Block! Good to hear about the Steamroller being a rough-and-tumbler though, I'm definitely considering it.

    There is an interesting development, however. One of my managers overheard me talking with a coworker about ordering a Steamroller and he told me I should hold off "in case we start carrying any other brands." So for now I will keep saving up until I see what new stock we get in this fall.

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    I have a Steamroller and I am quite happy with it and I think it would serve you well given your terrain/conditions/riding style. They're definitely sturdy and feel solid on rough terrain. I ride mine as a SS road bike/fair-weather commuter and have been very happy it since I bought it used back in March.


    I visited Surly's website today and noticed the new Steamrollers will now have a set of eyelets on the rear for fenders/rack.

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    I have had my steam roller for about 5 years
    I ride through the winter in Colorado
    Great bike a bit heavy but stout.
    Love it.
    Good luck.

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