2012 Surly Products: Fat Tires, Really Fat tires, and the bikes they go on
Surly, purveyors of fine steel frames and fat tires, have dropped their new products pre euro/interbike via their blog. They have everything from refined versions of the old, new complete bike builds, new frames, and updated parts.
Now that NASA is no more, Surly has decided to sell this to the general public instead. Behold the fat tired Moonlander. It runs 26″ x 4.7″ tires on 135mm spaced hubs on Surly’s new 100mm Clownshoe rims. The Mr. Whirly Offset Double (MWOD) cranks with longer spindle is required for this frame. You can expect the frameset in late September for $700, and the complete build to follow in mid-December for $2350.
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So that the Troll doesn’t feel all alone, Surly has made it a friend in the Ogre. In Surly’s worlds “It’s the 29er that does everything. Racks, fenders, trailers, Rohloff, disc brakes, v-brakes, it will all work.” In my words, it’s the swiss army knife of bikes. The Ogre will come in the standard size range, along with a +1 for giant people (24″ super sized frameset). The frame comes in medium green, should drop sometime in mid-December, and while MSRP has not been set, Surly is guessing it will run close to $495ish.
The Troll has been dressed up and is ready for his public debut. The parts list is not available currently, but Surly assures us that, “They’re smart. They’re the parts we ride and they make sense in a world of increasing confusion.” Agent Orange is still the color of choice (orange bikes are the best!), and this full build should show up in early October. MSRP is set at $1399.
Now, on to the hardware. As mentioned above, Surly is rocking some new rims. The Clownshoe rim is a 100mm rim, single wall construction, and uses a 64 hole spoke pattern for both offset, and non-offset builds. It comes in anodized black, weights in at 960 grams, should be out by the end of the year, and cost you $200. There is a cheaper, non-holy, heavier version planned as well for those on a budget.
The Large Marge has a new sister in the Marge Lite. It’s a single walled perforated rim that comes in at 690 grams. It has a 64 hole pattern, comes in anodized black, and come this October it will be available for $145.
The MWOD is here to help with the issue of chain rub on those massively oversized tires. It runs the existing Mr. Whirly arms, but drops the big ring and moves the middle ring to its place. The granny ring now sits where the middle ring was. In addition to the ring re-arrangement, the spindle is now longer than the standard Pugsley version. The rings are of Surly’s own design and nothing else will work with the crankset. It comes in a 20/32 or 22/36 tooth option, black is the color, and $310 will net you one come the end of September. If you already have a Mr. Whirly, and want to try out the ring set, $65 can make that happen.
OK, now that you have more rim choices, and a crankset that will keep that chain out of the way of that fat tire, what tires are you going to use? First up is the new Black Floyd. This 26″ x 3.8″ is a slick tire that is best paired with the Large Marge rim. It comes in 120tpi for $120 or 27tpi for $90, and according to Surly it is “tire colored.” See them at your local shop as early as this month.
If you think Floyd is a jerk for not having any tread, check out his friend Nate. Nate is nobby. The rest of the details are the same as the Black Floyd.
Floyd and Nate’s uncle is showing up to the party as well. Big Fat Larry is here and meant to run on the Clownshoe 100mm rim. Larry is a 26″ x 4.7″ 120tpi tire and costs $140. Availability is set for “like very soon.”
In other news, Surly made a few updates. The Pacer road frame now has true clearance for 32c tires (28c with fenders), but at the cost of running short reach brakes. Standard reach (47mm – 57mm) brakes are the option now. The classic Long Haul Trucker has a new disc brake option. Surly will be making two LHT’s now. One canti only, and one disc only. The LHT also gets the supersized option, coming in at 64cm. Expect the updates to show up in February (I know what I want for my birthday!) with an unknown MSRP at this time. And last but not least the Karate Monkey 29er has been ever so slightly tweaked. It has lost the cantilever studs, and gained thinner walled tubing for the fork. The new version comes in mid-December for $475 (frameset) or $1120 (complete build).