The genesis of this floor build starts with a bunch of Nitto V4 stems we bought from japan a few years ago. They are a pretty unique stem, hand brazed out of chromoly steel with two slender arms reaching forward to hold the handlebar. It ended up looking a little like a Nitto Bullmoose design but you can actually change the handlebar angle. One minor quirk though as we discovered with the Nitto V4 stem is it only works with a tiny handful of handlebars, mostly Nittos own racing handlebars with a sleeved 25.4 middle section (it needs to be 100mm wide at the clamp which is unusual)
Anyway, the stems sat around for a few years, until we found these awesome Soma Osprey bars which have a wide central section and a great mix of width and sweep. To help these awesome bars and stems get out being ridden rather than gathering dust, we came up with a nice shiny silver Surly Straggler build.
The Straggler sits in the Surly lineup between offroad and on road, think early gravel bike, or capable CX bike.
So we kitted it out with a Shimano 105 2x11 groupset so you can actually do some speedy riding (most 1x gravel groupsets are lacking when it comes to higher, faster gears), Some great light Hunt tubeless compatible wheels, 40mm tan tyres, Shimano Hydraulic brakes and some shiny silver kit