Kate’s Surly Disc Trucker

5 Aug

Kate got a disc trucker late last year; I must admit I got a little jealous and its way to big for me to ride!

Kate's finished Surly Disc Trucker complete with Ortlieb Bar bag and trekking bars

Kate’s finished Surly Disc Trucker complete with Ortlieb Bar bag and trekking bars

Kate had been riding my On-One for a couple of touring trips we made, it was too small for her and wasn’t great for long trips.  She got a Surly Disc Trucker which is fitted with Avid BB7 cable disc brakes.  She didn’t like the drop handlebars on her old Tifosi road bike so she decided to go for trekking bars on her new build.  I got her a set of Hope Pro2 wheels with Mavic 717 rims, the wheels are super light and with some Panaracer Pasela 1.25 tyres the bike is great climbing hills and provides a fast ride.  With this said its not a lightweight bike to lift up but saving weight on the wheels makes a huge difference, even with a kitted up touring bike.

Hope Pro2 Evo Hubs with Mavic 717 rims on Surly Disc Trucker

Hope Pro2 Evo Hubs with Mavic 717 rims

I had the Panaracer Pasela tyres hanging around, I bought them back in 2001 for a mountain bike and never fitted them.  I expected them to split on their first ride but they seem to be in great condition.  At 1.25 they are a bit narrow for a touring bike so a tyre upgrade is needed, maybe 1.50 tyres will be more comfortable for Kate.

Surly Disc Trucker SKS fender mount

The disc brake calliper is in the way of the mudguard stay which seems to be the case with all front disc brakes and mudguards.

I have fitted mudguards to a couple of bikes with disc brakes and each time there has been an issue fitting the mudguard stays.  Normally its a case of the disc calliper is in the way, the simplest solution is to use a longer bolt to mount the stay to the fork with a large spacer.  I decided to take the more complicated and longer step of shaping the mudguard stay around the calliper, it wasn’t too difficult to do with two pairs of pliers and I think it looks pretty good!

Surly Disc Trucker with trekking bars and Ortlieb Ultimate 5 bar bag

Kate’s gone for Trekking bars, she seems to be happy with them and the Cinelli Cork Gel Tape is really comfortable. The bar bag sticks out a long way and when its full it can act like a pendulum.

The top cable is for the rear disc brake.

The outer cable is for the rear disc brake.

Hope Wheels with Avid BB7 Brakes

Hope Wheels with Avid BB7 Brakes

The Pro 2 Evo hubs are smooth although the cassette body on the rear wheel clicks like crazy and when Kate is free wheeling its rather loud.

Deore rear mech with an XT cassette.

Deore rear mech with an XT cassette.

Bicycle Spoke Holder on Seat Stay

The spoke holder mount was not welded on straight and the space is too big for all three spokes, I was disappointing and didn’t expect this from Surly.

The spoke holder is mounted on the seat stay, the mount has been welded on at an angle rather than at 90 degrees and not all 3 spokes can be mounted.  I found out after the bike had been built and returning the frame seemed like a lot of hassle.

The bike has three bottle mounts and all of them hold 750 ml bottles.

The bike has three bottle mounts and all of them hold 750 ml bottles.

Disc Trucker Avid BB7 brakes

Surly Disc Trucker with Trekking Bars

Surly Disc Trucker with Trekking Bars

Since this photo was taken we have fitted a much longer stem.  Kate is getting on well with the trekking bars and prefers them a lot more to drop bars.

Disc Trucker Trekking Bars

The Bars are covered with Cineli Gel tape and are super comfortable, highly recommended.

Surly Troll and Disc Trucker

Surly Troll and Disc Trucker

Kate’s Surly Disc Trucker and my Surly Troll; they couldn’t be more different bikes.  My Troll is very comfortable but its very heavy with an Alfine 11 speed hub and Rigida Sputnik rims, Kates bike has a super light wheelset.  My Troll is like a Massey Ferguson tractor and Kates Trucker is like a Volvo estate car, there’s definitely a place for both.  Some of the trails I’ve ridden on the Troll I wouldn’t want to ride on a trucker but the trucker can definitely eat up more miles than the troll.

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One Response to “Kate’s Surly Disc Trucker”

  1. musekidd August 5, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    It’s pretty interesting to compare the two bikes and their unique geometries… also, have you considered getting a front rack for Kate’s bike… it would put the front handlebar bag quite a bit lower and not quite as convenient, but it might address the cantilever problem(?)… just a thought… the blog is lookin’ good, too.

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