The Surly Troll defies logic and description. Is it a hardtail MTB? A commuter? A touring bike? A snow/sand bike? Well, yes. Surly designed it to be an incredibly versatile, 26" wheel mountain bike, but its unlike most mountain bikes youve seen...
For starters it has clearance for massive tires (2.7"), unheard of in a hardtail frame. The sloping toptube with gusset provides plenty of standover clearance, even with the big rubber or a 100mm/4" suspension fork fitted (a 4130 chromoly rigid matching fork is included with the frame).
Full line guides for derailleur and brake housing
Fender eyelets, rack mounts, and disc/rim brake mounts F+R (yes, you can use discs, fenders, and racks, all at the same time)
Horizontal, rear-loading dropouts with a der. hanger allow you to run singlespeed or geared; offer a dedicated area for a Rohloff internally geared OEM2 hub axle, should you choose to use one, and threaded holes accept Surlys trailer mounting nuts
To build it up, youll need a 27.2mm post, 1 1/8" threadless headset, 73mm BB, and 28.6 clamp style top pull front derailleur
a special Surly caliper adapter is needed if you want to use a rear disc brake - it is included with the frame and handles up to a 6" rotor (most common size)
Seat Tube Length (Center-Top)
Top Tube Length (Center-Center)
Effective Top Tube Length (Center-Center)
Head Tube Angle
Seat Tube Angle
Head Tube Length
* All dimensions are preliminary and are subject to change **Measurements use tire with a diameter of 676mm (Tioga 2.1” DH), taken from middle of the toptube to level ground
There's no other bike like it in a 26". It's either what you want and need and nothing else will do, or it's not for you. If you like a bike with never ending customization possibilities that can be changed to suit your needs, that you can take on a six month tour of South America, then strip it down and hit the trails for some fun, then hook up a trailer and move your sofa, then bring home eight bags of groceries. this frame's for you. Goes great with Jones loop bars.
PROS: Options, Fun, Workhorse, Versatile, Durable
BEST USES: Hauling Beer, Moving Your Stuff, Off Road Touring, Making Deliveries, Mountain Biking, On And Off Road Mix, Casual Riding
Had issue with rear dropouts, they would not accept a standard bicycle wheel axle. I measured with Vernier callipers and they were nearly 0.5mm too small to suit standard axle. Had to file the dropouts to allow the axle to fit. No evidence the frame was dropped, plus there's more steel in these dropouts than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so can't see how they could get bent or crushed. Strange as a Coleague has purchased two of these frames without an issue.
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