August 26, 2011
The guys and girls at Surly don’t seem to pay much attention to trends and fashion following and have always come up with designs that seem to puzzle 90% of the world and delight the other 10… Having made the first production snow bike with the Pugsley, you’d think that they’d be happy with that – but no, if the 3.7in tyres of the Pugsley were good, then surely 4.7in tyres are even better…
Enter the Moonlander!
It still uses 135mm spaced hubs front and rear and works with Surly’s 100mm wide Clownshoe rim (below) and a 26in x 4.7 tire. MWOD (Mr. Whirly Offset Double) cranks required along with a longer spindle.
Due Dates in the USA: frameset: Late September 2011, complete bike: Mid-December 2011
And if big is good, then bigger is better. Here’s the 100mm wide Clown Shoe Rim… The 64 spoke holes are so you can run offset or non-offset hubs. They’ll work perfectly with…
4.7in! Or 120mm… It’ll still fit a Pugsley, though you’ll lose a few gear options… For sheer comedy value, we love these. For serious snow work, they’re probably also good… Roll on winter!
There are other great things over on the Surly Blog, where they’ve basically given away most of their trade show surprises. Have a peek now…