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Just Riding Along… Surly Troll part 1.

Found one of these on the door step when I came home today:

It made me start to wonder…

Don’t worry Bradley, it is just my new Surly Troll frameset!

Very strange turn of events for this frame. Shortly after ordering from Jenson USA, I received an email saying “due to an error in the shipping department,” I would not have my frame until after March 17th. Ouch. To my surprise, on the fourth of this month, I get an email saying that my frame had shipped. What? And that brings us to today, with the frame now hanging out in my living room.

So, this sets in motion a busy next few days. Starting tomorrow, it is up and out very early to head over to my Dad’s motorcycle shop, for some frame changes and a fresh new look. More on that tomorrow…

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Surly Troll ordered!

Finally, after having almost a mental meltdown of what to do cycling wise, I pushed the little red button. Order complete. The Surly Troll is on the way! I am beyond excited to put this bike through the paces, on street and dirt. It will be good to have a mountain bike again, I spent all of 2011 without one. Weird.

Next month is going to be a bit busy. Next stop, powder-coating…

Frame pic from Surly’s site.

New bike thoughts…

So on my last post, I talked a bit about dissembling my HaroX cargo bike, and moving the parts to a new frame. What frame you might ask? This guy:

Surly Troll

That’s right, a Surly Troll. If you have read this blog before, you know that I am a big fan of Surly’s products. As for the Troll, this is no exception. I was contemplating the Troll when it came out over a year ago, check here and here. It is an amazing frame with lots of options, and most of all, versatility. I will still be able to haul my daughter around, using the free trailer that I picked up this summer. So here is the plan:

Once the new frame is in I plan on taking it over to my father’s motorcycle shop to make some changes. First, the rim brake bosses are going to be cut off. I never plan on using them, it will make the bike look cleaner, and it will slightly increase my tire clearance. After that is done, it will be powdercoated. Not going to reveal the color choice just yet, I will keep that a surprise. Once I get the frame back, it will be parts swap time, and time to add some recently acquired purchases. Parts will look something like this:

-Sun Singletrack wheelset
-SRAM X7 shifters
-SRAM X9 rear derailleur
-Shimano LX front
-Avid BB5 disc brakes
-Avid FR5 levers
-On One Mary handlebars
-Salsa stem
-Truvativ FireX crankset and BB
-Shimano XTR pedals

And the new purchases:

Chris King headset

Brooks B17 narrow

Maxxis Ardent 26×2.6 x2

That should round it out. I am really pumped to be building this up. But the question now is: Should I order the frame now, or wait til March when the newer frame starts hitting the shops, with an extra bottle mount on the downtube and the extra mounts on the fork legs? What’s a couple more months?

Coming soon…

Troll picture from Surly’s site
Other three pics from Google Images