Neil has been searching for the holy grail of long travel full suspension mountain bikes for quite a while. He has had a number of frames over the years that have worked fairly well, but they all had one or more key issues that he hoped to resolve. Most mainstream suspension frames are essentially the same design with different branding and slightly different aesthetics.
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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.
Last fall we built up this full suspension Ventana Zeus for Xan, a friend of Cycle Monkey who helped us out part time over the summer and is now in college in Colorado. Chief Monkey Neil coached Xan on the El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike team and watched him progress from a novice cross country rider to an experienced, technical rider favoring all mountain-style terrain.
In preparation for the 2008 North American Handbuild Bicycle show in Portland, OR, Neil worked with Moots on this custom 29'er soft-tail as a test bed for the then-recently-launched Gates Carbon Drive belt system. The previous fall, Gates released the belt system, which promised improved durability with comparable efficiency to the tried and proven metal chain.
Fatbikes are known for their wide tires’ ability to provide grip and traction in just about all trail conditions. We've built many of these bikes with Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 gear hubs and several with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system as well, but how would a fatbike be improved if you added a suspension fork to the equation? That was the question we intended to answer with this Surly Pugsley build.
Sturdy, lightweight 29er wheelset- Intended use: Mountain bike, trail riding- Features: Rohloff SPEEDHUB offers reliable shifting in all conditions- Recommended rider weight: 175 pounds- Wheel size: 29”Wheel build details- Rims: Stans NoTubes ZTR Arch EX- Front hub: Hadley Disc ISO 15mm through axle- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14- Spokes: Sapim Race- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front/2 cross rearDestination: Berg Bikes, Canada
Surly Krampus with belt drive and a Rohloff.It’s not often that we’re asked to build the ideal bike for someone commuting in Siberia. We dreamed up this build for a customer of ours who is a British expatriate working in the snowy climate of central Russia. He intends to do a mix of snow, dirt, and paved riding in sub-freezing temperatures and wanted a dependable bike that could handle a range of conditions but still feel speedy.
S&S couplers, a belt drive splitter, and a forest green paint job make this Surly Troll one of a kind.This modified Surly Troll frame was put together for a customer who lives in Southern California, but spends a fair amount of time in the rural East Coast every year. He wanted a versatile full-sized bike that he could easily pack up to take on an airplane and was sturdy and reliable enough to know he could jump on at any time for a ride.
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
At nearly 5 inches wide, the Surly Moonlander's tires are designed to have maximum float and traction to ride through snow, sand, or deep mud.Just in time for winter, we built this Surly Moonlander for a customer who recently moved to the snowy state of Minnesota. He wanted a bike that could tackle the frosty bike paths and snowbanks of the Midwest in winter but that he could also take on some singletrack and dirt expeditions when the weather warmed up.