The customer who purchased this bike was interested in a versatile bike that he could commute on and also use to get into mountain biking. He wanted a bike that would be comfortable for trips around town but capable enough to hit some of the many great mountain bike trails in Marin County, where he lives. After a few conversations about his dream bike, we put together this build based around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Surly's Ogre frame.Surly frames are all designed with a lot of versatility in mind and make great all-around bikes.
Blog - Tag: Custom Wheels
Tyler here at Cycle Monkey has a bit of a fat tire fetish. He also has a bit of a Surly fetish. It sometimes seems as if he has almost as many Surly bikes as he does Surly T-shirts, and he's been known to wear a different Surly tee every day for two weeks straight - with socks to match just to show off.
Durable fatbike wheelset- Intended use: Fatbike, bikepacking, mountain biking, beach and snow riding.- Features: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 offers reliable shifting in all conditions.- Recommended rider weight: 250 - Wheel size: 26”Wheel build details- Rims: Surly Marge Lite- Front hub: Surly New Disc- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14- Spokes: Sapim- Nipples: Sapim- Lacing: 3 cross front / 2 cross rear- Extras: Magura Storm rotors, Gates Carbon belt drive pulleyDestination: Local pick-up
The Novara Randonee is a heavy duty steel touring rig.The Novara Randonee is a touring bike through and through – a sturdy steel frame with relaxed geometry to carry heavy loads, a durable 36 spoke wheelset, and plenty of braze-ons for water bottles, racks, and fenders. A local Bay Area customer came to us with this bike that he had ridden hard right off the shelf and loved, minus one factor – the derailleurs.
The Civia Hyland is perfect for daily commuting or long road ridesA local friend of Cycle Monkey came to us a few years ago asking if we had any ideas for a sturdy daily commuter that he could also take on some long road rides. He’s an avid road rider and has a garage full of high-end racing bikes.
Cinelli Gazzetta in the form of a classically styled two-speed fixed gear We built this beautiful Cinelli for the son of a good friend of ours who wanted a fixed gear commuter bike with classic styling. We started with the bright red Gazzetta steel track frameset and added mostly polished silver parts and a two-speed Schlumpf Innovations Mountain Drive.
One fun aspect of building custom wheels is coordinating colors. Okay, it's a small part but there are quite a few options for matching rims and front hubs to the stock colors on the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 hubs. You can see a few examples of what we stock in the photos above and below.In addition to the black and silver color that most companies offer hubs in, Rohloff also offers an anodized red option for their hubs. We stock a variety of front hub options from different manufacturers, most of which are offered in colors to match all three of Rohloff's color options.
You will never lose this bike. Ever.This is by far the brightest Surly bike we've ever put together. It's a Surly Ogre, a bike designed to be ridden just about anywhere. Our customer was looking for a versatile, mixed-terrain bike suitable for touring and light mountain biking in a package that was visible, reliable, and bulletproof.