Surly Pugsley

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.

Until now, Surly has only offered the Pugsley as a frameset, but they now have available a complete bike option. Like their other complete bike models, it sports a nice mix of components chosen for their durability, affordability, and suitability to the task at hand, which is to say it’ll get you out there, off the beaten path, and back under your own power, hopefully with enough extra cash to buy a round at the bar when you’re done. Cheers to that.

Year 2011

Build Specs

Frame Surly Pugsley , Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG-welded
Fork Surly Pugsley, 135mm O.L.D. Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. TIG-welded. 1-1/8″ threadless steer tube, uncut
Seatpost Clamp Surly Stainless , 30.0mm. Black
Crankset TruVativ Hussefelt , 22/32/44t. Black
Bottom Bracket TruVativ Howitzer , 100mm shell width
Cassette Shimano , HG-61. 9 speed. 11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32t
Chain SRAM , PC-971
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX E-Type , FD-M660. Topswing, dual pull
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore , RD-M591 SGS Top Normal. Black
Headset Ritchey Logic Comp , 1-1/8″ threadless, 30mm spacers. Black
Stem Kalloy AS-008 , 1-1/8″ threadless. Forged. 25.4mm clamp
Handlebar Salsa MotoAce , 660mm. 17°. Black
Grips Velo Kraton , Black. Like your heart
Brake levers Avid FR5 , Black.
Brakes Avid BB7, Cable-actuated disc. 160mm rotor
Seatpost Kalloy SP-342 , 27.2 x 350mm. Black
Saddle WTB SST , CroMoly rails, vinyl skin. Black
Shifters Shimano Deore , Black
Front Hub Surly New model , QR. 32h. 135mm. Threaded for SS freewheel. Black
Rear Hub Shimano Deore , FH-M525. QR. 32h. Black
Rims Surly Large Marge DH , 32h. Black w/machined sidewalls
Spokes DT Champion , 14g/2.0mm straight guage stainless. 12mm silver brass nipples
Front Tire Surly Larry , 3.8″ Black
Rear Tire Surly Endomorph , 3.7″ Black
Tubes Surly Toob , Big. Black. Butyl. Floats small dogs easily

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