Look ma, no studs! The 2019 Surly Ogre has crawled out of its cave. It got a new spec and a lower price tag. Here’s what’s changed, plus a few photos and the full build kit…

Posted by Logan Watts

Other than being painted “Pile of Bricks” red, the biggest change—which likely won’t matter to most of us—is that Surly finally 86ed the canti brake studs on the frame. Disc brakes only. The reason they gave is that rim brake 29er rims are becoming increasingly harder to find. So, if you need rim brakes, check out the Troll. The good news is that if you’re running 27.5+ tires, you won’t have any issues rubbing the sidewalls when removing and fitting the rear wheel.

  • 2019 Surly Ogre
  • 2019 Surly Ogre

2019 Surly Ogre

“As far as other updates to the frame go, that about sums it up. Ogre still has everything else you’ve come to know and love: two water bottle mounts, four sets of three-pack bosses, mid- and low-blade fork eyelets, threaded holes for racks, fenders, and trailer mounting nuts, and a Rohloff OEM2 axle plate slot. It still features horizontal-slotted dropouts with Gnot-Boost spacing, a tweaked non-suspension corrected geometry, and a beefy tire clearance. It’s still fully compatible with both 29 x 2.5” and 27.5+ tires.” In the complete bike version, Surly opted to go with a 1x drivetrain and a flat handlebar. Find the full spec below.

  • 2019 Surly Ogre
  • 2019 Surly Ogre

Build Kit

The 2019 Surly Ogre frame is tig-welded from 40130 Cromoly steel. The fork is non-suspension corrected, with tapered and butted straight blades. It features low and mid-blade fully threaded through-blade rack eyelets, fender mount eyelets at the dropout, a 1-1/8˝ x 285mm threadless steer tube, a 51mm disc mount (203mm max. rotor diameter), line/housing guides, and two sets of triple bottle cage mounts.

There are now sealed bearing Novatec hubs rather than cup and cone Shimano Deores from before. We also noticed that the Ogre has been specced with a 10 speed 11-42T cassette, with a single, 32T front chainring. This, in our opinion, could make certain bikepacking trails a challenge, so you might consider swapping it out for Sunrace’s 11-46T MX3. Although the range is more limited than the triple crankset it was previously specced with, it does at least offer more compatibility with 27.5+ tires. And the Surly’s own swept back Moloko bar is gone, in favor of Salsa’s more conventional Bend.

  • Seatpost Clamp Surly Stainless, 30.0mm (Surly stainless included)
  • Crankset SRAM NX 32T Black
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM Powerspline
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M6000, 10-speed
  • Cassette Microshift 10 spd, 11-42t
  • Chain KMC x10, NP/BLK
  • Headset Cane Creek 10, 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
  • Brakes ProMax DSK-300, Cable actuated
  • Brake Levers Avid FR-5, Black
  • Grips Microshift SL-M760R
  • Rotors ProMax 160/160
  • Stem ProMax 31.8, 4 bolt, black
  • Handlebar Salsa Bend
  • Saddle WTB Volt Sport
  • Seatpost ProMax 27.2, 300L, offset, Black
  • Front Hub Novatec 32h QR Black
  • Rear Hub Novatec 32h QR Black
  • Rims WTB i29 Black
  • Tires Surly Extra Terrestrial 29×2.5″

And last but not least, the price for the complete went from $1750 to $1450. Available now at your local bike shop. More details at SurlyBikes.com. Also, read our full review of the Ogre.

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