Sometimes we just like to have fun
This was simply done as a fun project for ourselves. We love Surly and wanted to create a flatbar Midnight Special that was unlike anything you could buy off the shelf.
This Midnight (Very) Special was designed to be a showpiece for what we can achieve in our custom builds, but kept to an affordable price ($2999).
The idea was to create a classic look, so we used as many polished silver components as possible, such as the Soma Shotwell stem. (They just look great, as does the paint on this beauty.)
We used a mixture of components to create a budget-friendly 1x12 drive train with a huge gear range.
Stopping duties are taken care of with a set of Shimano hydraulic brakes -- they're well-priced and super-reliable.
The wheels use Novatec sealed bearing hubs laced to Alex tubeless-ready rims, with a set of Donnelly street tyres to finish them off nicely.
We even managed to find some grips to match the frame colour. It's the little touches that make our custom builds truly special... Midnight Special!
(Come on; we're allowed to do bad jokes occasionally, right?)
Thanks for your massive effort in retrieving the internal cabling on the Ridley. It's a job I would never have been able to do myself, and I cringe with embarrassment to think of the three of you working on the one bike for an hour to get it done. [BMCR: That's what we're here for…Karim Soetratma