Surly Troll Touring Bike: The Original

Before we left on our tour through Mexico and Central America, I spent countless hours devising and concocting the perfect bike for on and off-road touring. I wanted a bike that was tank-proof and would withstand the impending Mayan apocalypse, so here is what was born…

Surly Troll - Bike Touring Build - Rohloff

The Surly Troll is the perfect bike for long-distance, year-long touring, especially if you like the off-road variety of riding. The Trolls geometry is perfect for dirt road riding. I was initially looking at the Long-haul Trucker (I even owned one for a short stint), but being a mountain-biker I feel like I am slightly more comfortable positioned upright with a slacker geometry.

  • 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: 20″ Surly Troll (custom paint RAL 6020)
  • Rear Hub: Rohloff Speedhub 500/14
  • Front Hub: Phil Wood Disc
  • Wheels: Velocity Cliff Hangers laced by CycleMonkey
  • Cranks: Shimano Deore LX (oldschool and bulletproof)
  • Ring: Surly Stainless 38t
  • Chain: Wippermann 808
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 2.15″
  • Bottom Bracket: SKF
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 / Avid Ultimate levers
  • Headset: Chris King Nothreadset
  • Handlebar: Kona bar or Easton EA70
  • Stem: Easton EA70
  • Saddle: Selle Anatomica Titanico
  • Seatpost: Easton Havoc
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M324
  • Front Rack: Old Man Mountain Pioneer
  • Rear Rack: Tubus Locc

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