Just announced, the Surly Bridge Club is a pavement-ready, dirt-centric touring bike designed around 27.5×2.4″ tires and built to keep things simple. The Bridge Club is affordably priced at $1,200 with a chromoly steel frame, plenty of bosses and mounts, and room for 2.8″ plus tires…

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.

  • Highlights
  • 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.

Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

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.

  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

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, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

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.

DRIVETRAIN

  • 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

Cockpit

  • 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

Wheels/Tires

  • 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 ̋
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike
  • Surly Bridge Club, Bikepacking and Touring Bike

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.

  • J Kitle

    Minus the drop bars but would this bike be most similar to a Salsa Fargo? I’m interested in both.

  • Paulo Pereira

    the fargo’s geometry is totally different, it was designed for flared drops. while i’m sure you could put drops on this frame, i’m willing to bet it won’t be as comfortable as the fargo

  • By the numbers, the two bikes are quite different based on the tires each was engineered around as well as the fact one was designed for drop bars, and the other for MTB bars (to summarize, the Fago has an 8cm shorter reach and 9cm greater stack height). Otherwise, both were built with a similar intent, mixed surface touring. If trying to decide between the two, your first line of decision making should probably be whether you prefer drops or flat bars…

  • Skyler

    The rear hub is an interesting question to me – QR 141mm is the width you get when you put QR end caps on a Boost 148 hub. I’m not sure if it’s “Gnot-Boost” (which would be 138mm in the QR world) or if it’s just QR Boost. If it’s the latter, it seems so obscure at this stage, especially when paired with a 100mm front hub.

  • From Surly’s Blog: “I know what’s coming – “F*ck the bike industry and all of its ever-evolving standards, blah blah blah.” I hear your pain, I really do. The Bridge Club isn’t using a new standard but it is a little more obscure. The bike is designed around 141mm Boost QR hubs to allow for chain clearance and larger volume rubber. The rear spacing is Gnot Boost QR, in that the frame is designed at 138mm. This allows the use of 141mm Boost QR hubs or standard 135mm QR hubs. The frame will flex in or out 1.5mm per side to accommodate either hub width. It’s the same Gnot Boost idea but based around QR axles rather than thru axles.”

  • Skyler

    Oh cool, so it is 138mm in the frame. Surly smart.

  • Kurt Schneider

    Interesting to see this roll out around the same time as the Journeyman, and with a similar message: Entry level riders are welcome here. Simplified spec, lower cost, and only complete bike offers. (Although Salsa did, what, six models of Journeyman?) And…pre-ordered roll-out at a couple dozen shops across the country.

    Would have been nice to see a frameset option, for those folks that have parts to move over. We’ll see.

  • Michael McDonald

    I’m not even sure if Surly is aware how great this name is: Trolls live under bridges. Ogres use clubs. Bridge Club. It’s unintentionally perfect.

    It also is the perfect bike for my girlfriend, so we’re super happy to see this. Been looking for an affordable mixed surface touring bike for awhile here, and this price point will give her budget to get all the accessories she’ll need.

  • Michael McDonald

    I’m about to build an Ogre and already have all the parts besides the frame. Saw this and I’m bummed there’s no frameset option. I don’t need the extras of an Ogre and was planning on running 27.5 x 2.8 anyways. Oh well, Ogre is still a sweet bike.

  • Riley Danters

    Anyone know when Surly will come out with the Lowside? Its supposed to be a 1×1 replacement with BMX style bars.

  • Plusbike Nerd

    Finally, Surly cracked the code. i29 rims and enough frame clearance for up to 27×2.8 tires. This is what a gravel, adventure, bikepacking. all-road, town cruiser, do-it-all bike should be. Personally, I would prefer a 1x drivetrain and a lighter frame and fork but I’m a tech-junkie weight-weenie. This is the type of bike that everybody should own! Paired with a full-suspension mountain bike and it would make for the perfect one-two punch to be able to bike anywhere a bike can go.

  • teamDARB

    It’s simply a Trek MultiTrack with a tiny bit more tire room and disc brakes.

  • Plusbike Nerd

    Kudos to Surly. How does such a small retro bike company innovate so many new bikes. Mr Surly and Sons were one of the first bike companies to produce and popularize the 29er, the Fatbike, the Off-road touring(bikepacking) bike, the Plusbike and now, the Tweenbike. What’s a Tweenbike? That’s a bike on which both Narrow and Plus tires can be be used. The Bridge Club with its i29 rims, enough frame and fork clearance for 2.8 tires and enough bottom bracket height for 2.2 tires spans the gap between Plus and Narrow. In the same vein, they could have used i35 rims and designed the bike for the 2.4-3.0 tire range. In my opinion, this is the way all off-road bikes, from the rigid gravel bike (and maybe even road bikes) to the full-suspension long-travel mountain bike, should be equipped. The Tweenbike eliminates the distinction between Narrow and Plus bikes and allows the bikes owner to choose their favorite tire width. Or to change tire width depending on the situation and conditions. Use Narrow tires and go to the races. Use Plus tires and ride deep sand or technical conditions. And with the newer non-drying tire sealants (like “Finish Line”) changing tires is getting easier than ever. The Bridge Club looks like an unassuming rigid mountain bike but there is “Tween” magic in this bike. Surly does it again! The Narrowbike and the Plusbike are dead. Long live the Tweenbike!

  • Mark Connelly

    Yeah, the MTB style frame is just like an old Trek 970 I have.

  • Mark Connelly

    I used my trek 970 with 26 x 1.5 tires on a mixed terrain ride once. Had no problems.

  • Mark Banyon Marlatt

    Love this! Just wish it had drop bars and friction shifters.

  • Andre G.

    The BC can be used with Rohloff Hubs (135mm with OEM2) Interface.

  • Yeah, this came out after we published. Thanks for the reminder. However, w/o the horizontal dropout and dedicated slot, I think it would require a chain tensioner…

  • nick

    This article (as well as Surly’s blog post about this bike https://surlybikes.com/blog/welcome_to_the_bridge_club ) says it’ll fit 700c wheels. The bike frame’s page though, (https://surlybikes.com/bikes/bridge_club/frame_highlights) says it’ll fit 27.5 and 26″ wheels. Could this be the mystical 3 wheel size bike??

  • I think it’s all about the diameter. if you can match or come close to the diameter of the intended 27.5 x 2.4, then it will maintain the geometry. a 700C x 45mm or 26 x 3.0″ would be very close…

  • Milton

    Looks like the one bike to rule them all….might try a drop bar with it. As far as the flask goes / wow I can’t imagine drinking hard liquor while biking….and even if that’s a joke…I know people that do have flask holders on their rides. I’m sure they realize the biking doesn’t make up for the damage caused by that crap. I’ve seen enough middle aged friends die from the hip trendy poison known as alcohol. When you’re nasty beard and your drinking make you look like an aged homeless person, you’ve got a real problem to deal with.

  • Daryl Wade

    I was going to buy an Ogre but I’ll never need the versatile drop out and I don’t like the bars on it. I am smaller so the 27.5 probably works better. Maybe build up a set of 26” wheels with 3.0 on them for rougher trails…and cheaper too…yay!

  • What bike (frame) sizes are on those pictures? The smaller one looks really cool, but the bigger one, well… :-D

  • I’m willing to bet the smaller is a Small or X-Small, and the bigger is a Large or X-Large. Big difference eh!

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