2015 Surly Pacer
The Pacer sits in an interesting category of bicycle. These days, most road bikes are made of some material other than steel. The current zeitgeist of road bicycles and road bicycling generally tends to overlook things that are not screaming for attention like a spoiled child, and the Pacer is a bit of a loner. Pacer likes to put in the big miles and hang out in the country, way out in the country. Pacer cares not about the weather. It remains indifferent mile after mile, you just provide the propulsion and Pacer will handle the rest. While the Pacer is not what most would consider a racing bicycle, it’s geometry easily identifies it as a laid back performer, capable of descending, cornering and handling right there with all the flashy guys. As with all Surly frames, it’s made from our proprietary, size specific, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel so it has a lively ride that won’t kick the absolute shit out of you for the duration of your ride. This year we’ve changed the spec on the Pacer to be more in line with what we think this bike is capable of. We gave it a Shimano 105 group, which is squarely in the realm of performance road componentry, perfectly in line with the Pacer’s pedigree as a comfy, high-mileage, all day rider. It has clearance for tires up to 32mm wide to further smooth out the bumps in the road. If you like doing gigantic road rides, hauling ass and not getting beat up by your frame, you’ll think the Pacer was sent to you from on high. It also works well as a credit card tourer or light-duty commuting missile. Plus, unlike any sub two pound carbon fiber racer, it won’t break in two if you knock it over in the garage.
Surly Long Haul Trucker
Bicycle touring has been growing in popularity quite a bit in the last decade, and our Long Haul Trucker has been around for most of that time. Over the years it’s developed a devoted following. People understand and appreciate the LHT’s dependability and everyday riding comfort, whether they’re cruising to the store or lost in the middle of nowhere. Why the Trucker? Simple. A touring bike’s job is to go the distance and then some while carrying you and your gear, all in relative comfort. The Long Haul Trucker was designed in all aspects to do exactly that. Its low bottom bracket and long chainstays provide comfort and stability. We gave it ample tire clearance for larger tires (larger tires soak up a lot of road static) with room for fenders too. The frame’s tubing is thicker-walled and larger-diameter than standard road and sport-touring frames, and this pre-tunes it for the weight of cargo. And it’s got all the braze-ons, from rack mounts to water bottle cage bosses to spare spoke holders. Like all our frames, it’s made of CroMoly steel. We like steel for a lot of reasons, foremost among them the ride quality a well-designed steel frame delivers. It doesn’t hurt that steel is relatively inexpensive, or that it is more easily repaired than aluminum, carbon fiber or titanium. You’ll probably never need to have the frame repaired, but if you do you’re more likely to find someone who can weld steel than someone who can weld ti or aluminum. Repair carbon fiber? Good luck with that. The Trucker hasn’t changed much since we introduced it, but we have changed a few things this year, and we expanded the line. Let’s review. First, the rim brake LHT. The original. Designed to be used with cantilever or linear-pull brakes, the standard Long Haul Trucker is available as a frameset and as a complete bike, with 26" wheels in 42–62cm frame sizes, and with 700c wheels in 56–62cm. We’ll also begin offering the 700c in a 64cm. A well designed bike for tall folks at a production frame price ought to make a lot of folks pretty happy. We’re updating the fork too, with custom crown and dropouts. This fork has two sets of eyelets on the dropouts as well as at proper mid-blade height, and 5 x 0.8mm bosses built into the side of the crown. All this makes the fork compatible with most types of racks, and provides options how you can mount racks and carry your stuff. For the components package on the complete bike we chose stuff that’s well suited to the kind of riding this bike is intended for, that’s durable and won’t shoot holes in your wallet. Canti LHT: • 26" wheels available in sizes: 42, 46, 50–62cm completes and framesets • 700c wheels: 56–64cm completes and framesets (64cm in Super Dark Green only) Surly
Surly Disc Trucker
Sometimes a combination of load, climate and terrain demands a bit more braking performance than a rim brake LHT provides. That’s where the Disc Trucker comes in. It’s a Long Haul Trucker with 51mm IS caliper mounts instead of rim brake mounts on the frame and newly redesigned fork. When designing the Disc Trucker we started with a brand new set of rear dropouts which place the caliper mount between the chain and seatstays, providing uncompromising clearance for a rack and fender. Cable/hose routing via our own Trip Guides runs along the downtube. Like the standard LHT, the Disc Trucker is available as a frameset and as a complete bike, with 26" wheels in 42–62cm frame sizes, and with 700c wheels in 56–62cm, the Disc Trucker will also be available in a 64cm, 700c wheel only. Most of the components on the complete bike are the same as the standard LHT, but a couple things are different. We chose Avid BB7 cable operated brakes for their proven reliability and ease of service, and Shimano XT M756 hubs with 6-hole rotor mounts. These hubs are durable and easy to maintain. • 26" wheels available in sizes: 42, 46, 50–62cm completes and framesets • 700c wheels: 56–64cm completes and framesets Surly
Behold the Pacer, now also available as a complete bike. For years we sold it only as a frameset. It was understated, didn't draw a lot of attention to itself, but it rode great and people who rode one loved it. The Pacer is not what most race-inspired roadies seem to drool over. It isn’t on the cutting edge of design, it isn't made of the latest ultra light super-expensive materials, and it isn't festooned with lots of bright colors and graphics. Rather, it is a road bike made of our favorite material, cro-moly steel, using frame geometry that makes it fast and efficient like a road bike should be, but it is not a racing bike. This is a frame meant for all day rides. There are a lot of other road frames out there that are flashier, more exotic, and full of promises most riders only dream of fulfilling. The Pacer doesn't make promises. It's simply a great riding steel frame. We decided to offer it as a complete bike to make it easier for folks to try one. It's laterally stiff but vertically compliant, which is just a fancy way of saying it's comfy but responds when you push hard on the pedals. It's got plenty of tire clearance for larger tires than is normal for road frames because larger tires are more comfy. Since tire casings flex before the frame, higher volume tires to take the edge off the bumps and jangles which otherwise can harsh your ride. We gave the complete 28mm tires, a good all around size that will still allow you to add fenders if you like. As you might expect, we built it up with a parts kit that is more than capable but not snobbish or unnecessarily expensive. No, the Pacer will not impress people who live for the next replica team ‘kit.’ The Pacer reminds us, quietly, that there is a road bike out there for the rest of us. Surly
The Cross-Check is a great bike. It was the third frame we ever offered, and we offered it as a complete bike a year after the introduction of the frame. Neither the frame nor the component spec of the bike have changed much since we introduced it almost a decade ago because…well, why should it? We have made a few changes and updates over the years when those changes were either necessary or just plain a good idea. For instance, this year we’ve added mid-blade eyelets to the fork for mounting a front rack. This isn’t a touring bike per se, but it will handle lighter touring loads, and a front rack can make that easier. But that begs the question: what is this bike for? It’s a cyclocross bike by category, but we try to design a lot of versatility into our stuff. You can build this frame with gears or as a singlespeed or fixed-gear. You can ride it on the road or off. It’s got lots of space for fat tires and for fenders. It does as good a job getting you across the country as it does getting you across town. For the complete bike we picked out components that set the standard for our other completes, stuff that works well and doesn’t dent your piggy bank too bad. The frame is comfy and tough as nails, and versatile too. We continue to hear from people who have made the Cross-Check their default go-to bike simply because it performs so astonishingly well. It’s one of the best riding, most versatile bikes around. Now you’ve heard about it. Go try one. Surly