Posted by Logan Watts
In what seems like an effort to fill every little alcove in a complete adventure bike menagerie, Surly just announced the Bridge Club, a new touring bike that “hits the sweet spot that separates on and off-road excursions.” According to Surly, most bike tours and bikepacking trips require the use of all types of surfaces, including pavement. “We’ve all run out the clock on a dirt tour and had to add in some paved shortcuts,” Surly’s Dan Rasmussen mentions. The Bridge Club is for folks who expect their adventures to be on dirt roads and paved ones alike, and don’t want a sluggish bike for the latter. Conversely, the Bridge Club might interest road tourists who want to leave the option open for forgotten gravel roads and dirt reroutes. According to Surly, the Bridge Club is designed to handle it all.
- Angles (LG): 71° Head tube, 73° Seat tube
- Stack/Reach (LG): 590mm/434mm
- BB Drop/Chainstay: 60mm/435mm
- Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
- Hub specs: 141x10mm rear / 100x10mm front
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Max tire size: 27.5 x 2.8″ / 700c x 47mm
- Price: $1,200
In terms of understanding its place within the Surly bicycle multiverse, simplicity and affordability is the name of the game with Bridge Club. Surly says they wanted to create a straightforward and highly versatile touring bike that’s not as technically intimidating as other bikes in the category. To accomplish this, the Surly Bridge Club features a good-to-go, low-geared 2×10 drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes, plenty of mounts (but not too many), and a 4130 CroMoly steel frame with a single-position vertical rear dropout. This means that unlike the Troll or ECR, for instance, there’s not a dedicated trailer mount, singlespeed provisions, or dedicated Rohloff slots, which makes infinite versatility impossible. But, to be honest, this probably won’t be an issue for its target riders.
To add to the unpretentiousness of Bridge Club, as ironic as that might sound, its rigid specific frame was designed around non-plus, 27.5 x 2.4″ semi-slick WTB Riddler tires. But fear not, the Bridge Club is fitted with WTB STP i29 rims (with a 29mm internal rim width) which should sit nicely with 2.8s – its maximum clearance – for folks who want to get fancy and take it a little further off the beaten path. Our take? Although we’re fans of full-on, plus-sized clearances, 27.5 x 2.8″ will certainly satisfy all but the sandiest and rockiest of ventures. In addition, the rear dropout is QR 141mm “Gnot Boost,” so it can handle almost any hub you want to toss into it. If you are interested in putting 29er or 700c rims on it, the Bridge cLub can handle 700c x 47mm tires.
As for the geometry behind the Bridge Club, it doesn’t stray too far from the Troll or Ogre in ride geometry or fit geometry, according to Surly. The bottom bracket height reflects its design around 27.5 x 2.4″ tires at around 295mm/11.6” with the stock Riddlers. This is about 13mm lower than the Ogre and 10mm lower than the Troll. According to Surly, this BB height will be appropriate for most off-road situations, but won’t be too high if on-road touring is your thing. The headtube angles, seat tube angles and effective top tube length closely resemble that of the Troll with minor exceptions.
Surly reports that they were conservative with the Bridge Club’s braze-ons. We’re sorry not to see a quadruple set of fork triple-pack eyelets, as seen on the Ogre, ECR, etc. However, it still has more mounts and utility than most bikes out there. The frame has threaded front and rear rack and fender eyelets, two sets of triple bottle bosses on the fork, and plenty of mounts on the frame—three bottle mounts on S–XL (including triple bottle mounts on top and bottom of the down tube) and dual bottle mounts on the XS. In terms of geometry, we think it should lend itself nicely to dirt road and easygoing singletrack touring.
Surly Bridge Club Build Kit
The Surly Bridge Club comes with a SRAM 2×10 drivetrain that includes a mix of GX and X5 components. With a 36/24t chainring combo and a 11-40t Sunrace cassette, the gearing is set nice and low for loaded touring.
- Crankset SRAM Blaze 36/24t
- Bottom bracket SRAM PS
- Front derailleur SRAM X5 w/ high direct mount
- Rear derailleur SRAM GX 10-speed
- Cassette Sunrace 11-40t
- Chain KMC X10
- Headset Cane Creek
- Brakes Promax DSK-300
- Brake levers SRAM FR-5
- Shifter SRAM X5 2×10
- Stem 4-bolt, 31.8 clamp
- Handlebar Salsa Bend 17°
- Saddle WTB Volt
- Seatpost 2-bolt, 27.2
- Seatpost clamp 30.0mm Surly Stainless
- Front hub QR, 6-bolt, 32h, 10 x 100mm
- Rear hub QR, 6-bolt, 32h, cassette, 10 x 141mm
- Rims WTB STPi29
- Tires WTB Riddler comp 27.5 x 2.4 ̋
So how about that name? Well, the Surly crew has been known to stop and hang out under bridges during their group rides or commutes, either to have a sip from a flask or other such social activities. Out of sight from other trail users and on the down low. They referred to these outings as Bridge Club rides.
The Surly Bridge Club will be arriving at your local QBP dealers in the coming weeks. It will be available in XS, SM, MD, LG, and XL for $1,200 in ‘Diving Board Blue’. Watch the video below to see it in action and learn more over at SurlyBikes.com.