Surly Pugsley

surly pugsleyWhile other Fatbikes were around before the Surly Pugsley the Pug is likely the fatbike most people have seen first. Inspired by pioneering fatbike builders out of Alaska, the Pug Frameset has been on the market for several years. In 2010 Surly offered the Pugsley as a complete bike for the first time and it sold like hotcakes with many would be fatbike owners left in the cold as their quicker-on-the-draw buddies scooped up the goods. Look for 2011 to increase the supply!

2010 also saw a modest redesign of the Pugsley incorporating the seat tube reinforcing tube, seen on several new Surly designs, as well as some changes to the brazons to make the Pug even more versatile.

From Surly’s Website:

By now you know that Pugsley was created to go where standard ‘all terrain’ bikes flounder. The floatation and traction afforded by large-volume, low-pressure tires can get you over and through otherwise unrideable terrain, such as sand, mud, wet rocks and roots, ice, and many kinds of snow. Wide, low-pressure tires are easier than standard tires on whatever terrain you pass over because they don’t dig in as easily.

The Pugsley frame has horizontal rear dropouts with a derailleur hanger. You can set it up with derailleurs or an internally geared hub, or set it up as a singlespeed or fixed-gear. This isn’t just a nice option. In certain situations, extra weight and the potential for a complex part to fail isn’t just a pain. It can be deadly serious business. The stock fork accepts a 135mm rear mountain hub, just like the frame. This makes it easier to install and remove the wheel (a big tire on a big rim benefits from a wide opening), but more to the point also allows front and rear wheel interchangeability. This means you can have another full gear cluster, a singlespeed or a fixed-gear wheel option should something go wrong with your freehub body or derailleurs. In other words, it’s one more option for getting you back out from whatever situation you’ve gotten yourself into.

Some details:

  • Tubing: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded
  • Rear dropouts: Surly horizontal dropouts with derailleur hanger, 135mm-spaced, offset 17.5mm
  • Brake compatibility: 51mm IS disc mounts frame and fork
  • Braze-ons: Dual water bottle mounts, top tube cable housing guides for use with continuous housing, fender and rack eyelets
  • Seatpost diameter:     27.2mm
  • Seatpost clamp: 30mm Surly stainless, included. Silver
  • Headset: 1-1/8″ threadless
  • Front Derailleur: E-type
  • Bottom bracket shell: 100mm wide, 1.37″ x 24t
  • Chainring clearance: Compact triple: 22-32-44t
  • Fork:     Suspension-corrected (100mm travel). 447mm axle to crown, tapered straight blade, 4130 CroMoly. 51mm IS REAR disc mount. 135mm-spaced dropouts, 17.5mm offset
  • Color: Snowblind
  • Weight: 18″ = 2,570g (5.6 lb) Fork: uncut = 1.114g (2.52 lb)

Complete Bike $1550
Frameset $575

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