September 1, 2011
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.
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…
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…
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?