This is the reincarnation of another Surly, a Long Haul Trucker to be exact. The original bike is unfortunately not up here, but this one is so we're batting .500.
This bike was basically a frame swap from the LHT, except for the tires. That was actually the main motivation for the change of frame was the desire for massive tire, for which a massive Maxxis Hookworm 26x2.5" tire was chosen. This customer finds himself on fire roads more often than not and prefers a more stable platform.
This bike exceeded our expectations in terms of comfort and actually ease of build. We kept thinking there should be some incompatibilities, but nothing. Surly does a great job of keeping the critical measurements and diameters the same between model that frame swaps like this are cake walk.
This should be a great bike for years to come, or at least until the customer decides on a new Surly model!
This bike. This bike is the first of what I believe to be many Stragglers that will leave the shop. This bike lived up to it's namesake too. Surly took their SWEET time getting these things shipped out. Either that, or Surly overstated how quickly they would be ready for consumers. Either way, this customer was super patient and waited for this bike. And it was worth the wait.
This is the 'Her' bike in what I can only call a 'His & Her' set of Surly's. This customers' husband finished his Surly Pacer (see it here) in June, shortly before she fell in love with the 'Glitter Dreams' Straggler. Plans were made at end of September and finalized just before Thanksgiving to bring this bike into reality.
There is a lot going on with this bike, so I will try and keep it simple. SRAM Force 22, Chris King, Thomson, Stans NoTubes, Paul, and Hope. The most unique feature of this bike is the Hope V-Twin hydraulic converter. It is a super nice piece of equipment that converts the cable pull to hydraulic force, giving all the power and convenience of hydraulic brakes.
This build is simply amazing and here's to hoping the customer will get many great years of use from it.
"oh my god it's like riding on a cloud it's absolutely awesome thank you"