Eurobike 2011: Surly and Salsa

A visit to Surly was inevitable, given its pre-show release of the Moonlander bike – a snow bike that takes astoundingly huge/impressive/silly 4.7in Big Fat Larry tyres. It’s a bike that makes the Surly Pugsley look ‘normal’. The Moonlander runs offset cranks that carry a middle and granny ring. The Big Fat Larry tyres will just fit into the Pugsley too if you run ‘small’ 60mm rims and can do without four or five biggest sprockets.
Anyway, back to the Moonlander – which was shown in a sparkly black metalflake paint and drew impressed and/or confused spectators in with its enormousness.

Looking rather stealth and svelte in the corner was the new Pugsley - it must be the slimming colour

Just a few random Surly stickers...

Surly also showed its Troll bike – a kind of geared 1×1 frame if that makes sense – with all sorts of braze-ons and mounts on it. There’s now an Ogre, which is a 29in wheel version. Talking of the 1×1, that frame has had its top tube lowered and rear disc mounts changed so that you can actually get the wheel out without unbolting the caliper…

The Troll. Like a 1x1 with gears.

Double drilled rims to either run them normally, or very offset, like on the Pugsley's offset back end.

Big, bigger and huge tyres

Space 1999 graphics and sparkly paint!

100% of people passing this bike have squeezed the tyres and poked the sticky-out bits of rim strip in the cutaway Clown Shoe rims. It's the law...

Room for a hand's worth of clearance - with 4.7in tyres on 100mm rims!

Comically big tyres

All the Q-Factor and a front mech in another county

 

Next door but one to Surly is Salsa. Salsa has a new bike, the Horsethief – like a Spearfish on steroids. It runs a longer 120-140mm fork, has 120mm rear travel and has 142mm rear dropouts. We like the look of it so far…

 

The new burly Salsa 29er Horsethief

The skinny Horsethief seatstays. We're not sure about hiding the frame name all the way back here though.

Pretty paint for the Mamasita 29er frame.

Salsa's Spearfish has been massaged for next year too. Still 80mm of enduro-race travel, but now with 142 Maxle option (though not on this one by the look of things)

There’s a new paintjob on the Chili con Crosso – though interestingly the disc-only La Cruz ‘cross bike was absent. Perhaps Salsa is saving it for us for Interbike in a week?

 

Black and blue - a 'cross racer's favourite colourscheme?

 

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