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Anybody know if the surly steamroller fits the same as the lht or the 1x1?

Old 03-15-10, 06:00 PM
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Anybody know if the surly steamroller fits the same as the lht or the 1x1?

I know I'm a 56 in the lht, but unsure in the steamroller - I've never ridden one, but am going to check out a nicely priced used one that I will likely buy if it's in the condition described. It is a 56 - I am assuming it'll fit approximately like the lht (i.e. I'm not the next size up). I also like the 20 inch 1x1 which I have. I've looked at all the geometry charts on the surly website and just get confused. Anybody have any input on the steamroller sizing as it relates to the lht or 1x1? I'm about 6ft with may a 32-34 inch true inseam (I never seem to get the same measurement). While I know an LBS would be able to help me out, I'm going the used route so don't want to pretend like I'm interested in a bike when I'm not. I'm pretty psyched to be going the fixed gear route - I've been using the single speed 1x1 rat ride as my commuter this winter and have loved it.
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Both the LHT and Steamroller have equal measurements for effective top tube (22.4") and seat tube (22") in the size 56 so you should be good if your LHT fits correctly. Also with your dimensions a 56 seems to be the right size.
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Originally Posted by xB_Nutt
Both the LHT and Steamroller have equal measurements for effective top tube (22.4") and seat tube (22") in the size 56 so you should be good if your LHT fits correctly. Also with your dimensions a 56 seems to be the right size.
Thank you very much - I was thinking 56 sounded about right, but wasn't sure. I'll obviously doublecheck tomorrow before I hand over my cash, but if I'm going on a longish drive I want to be reasonably certain it's the right size bike. I don't actually own an LHT, just have ridden a 56 and liked the sizing.
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Steamroller effective handlebar height is going to be just over a half-inch lower than the LHT.
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I can safely say it turns out they do fit about the same. I bought the 56 and though now I only have one commute on it, I am really enjoying it (though I have yet to find a bike of ok or better quality that I don't like riding). It's got Paul High Flange Hubs, Sugino RD2 "Messenger" cranks, Alex R390 rims, Cane Creek s-8 headset, Tektro front and rear brakes, Continential Grand Prix 4 Season Tires, White Industries Eno freewheel, some realtively fancy and new looking Selle saddle, and Look Keo Classic pedals (no cleats though - need to get some). It was covered in cobwebs, but was purchased new in Nov 2007, so it cleaned up nice (the guy actually had the original build receipt showing what he spent on all the parts). Now all I need to do is get a track cog and lockring this weekend and slowly venture into the world of fixed riding.
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Good to hear. Sounds like you made out pretty nicely. Parts spec is very good.
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