The Surly Troll: Gin’s ‘Steve’

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Steve has been a trustworthy and tough steed that has now been on two international tours. He has a few scratches and dings, but still looks sharp.

Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff

The great thing about a Troll is versatility. It can be an around-the-world bike with standard 26″ hoops. It can be a fairly aggressive dirt bike. It can even be a semi-speedy roadster.

  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff
  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff
  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff

This past iteration, shown in these photos, was a much lighter setup than when this Troll was fully loaded in it’s former life. Two large rear panniers and a packed front lowrider rack was somewhere around 20-30 pounds heavier. The current setup definitely made the ride more fun, and a tubeless front helped minimize the bumps along the way.

  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff
  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff
  • Surly Troll - Bikepacking setup, Panniers, Racks, Rohloff

Build and Parts List

  • Frame: 16″ Surly Troll (custom coated RAL 5009)
  • Rear Hub: Rohloff Speedhub 500/14
  • Front Hub: Shimano XT Disc
  • Wheels: Velocity Cliff Hangers
  • Cranks: Shimano Deore LX (oldschool and bulletproof)
  • Ring: Surly Stainless 38t
  • Chain: Wippermann 808
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 2″ / Schwalbe Marathon XR 2″
  • Bottom Bracket: SKF
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 / Avid levers
  • Headset: Chris King Nothreadset (pink beotch)
  • Handlebar: Random brand traded for her Trekking bars in El Salvador
  • Stem: Easton EA70
  • Saddle: Selle Anatomica Titanico
  • Seatpost: Easton EA70
  • Pedals: Blackspire El Gordo
  • Front Rack: Salsa Minimalist
  • Rear Rack: Salsa Minimalist
  • Other Accessories: Carradice Bagman QR; Salsa Rack Lock Seatpost Clamp

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