By Karen Brooks
It’s always fun to visit the Surly booth and hang out at their “bar” (which sometimes features actual beer). A set of rollers made of logs, for that authentic trail feel, added a hint of danger. Kind of like a mechanical bull at some bars.
At the Outdoor Demo, we saw the new complete-bike version of their Troll, a 26-inch wheeled do-it-all workhorse.
Inside, we ogled the Ogre, a 29”-wheeled version of the same sort of do-everything utility bike. Both models share the same Swiss-cheese dropouts for lots of compatibility, and keeps the canti mounts for Luddites.
Surly will be offering the steel Pacer complete as well, with Shimano Tiagra 2×10 drivetrain, in the fancy new color of “Sparkleboogie Blue.” The frame will also have more clearance for fenders, Clarence.
They’ll also be offering a disc brake-equipped version of their Long Haul Trucker, called the Disc Trucker (what else), for around $1,400. This bad boy (and others) will come in up to a 64cm size. As Pete informed me, Surly is the tallest bike brand around, so they need to offer sizes that fit to their own employees.
It doesn’t end here, we’ve got a lot more coverage of Interbike 2011.