Chromag is synonymous with rowdy steel hardtails. They’ve established quite the reputation for some of the best steel hardtails in biz, especially for those riding steep and loose singletrack in British Columbia, where they’re based. A select number of their frames are also handmade right in BC, including the Surface, which is Chromag’s steel 29er hardtail (with arguably the least extreme geometry of the bunch). While we’re aware of a few folks out there riding the Surface as their primary bikepacking rig, including our friend Scott at Porcelain Rocket, there’s no question that it was missing a few key features to truly position it as a backcountry adventure rig. The new Chromag Surface Voyager aims to address this.
The Chromag Surface Voyager is based on the Surface platform but received a major overhaul to bring it closer towards its roots as a hardtail for travelling far and wide. While Chromag describes it as being “a little less forked” than their more aggressive models, the Surface Voyager doesn’t stray too far away from what they know—which includes a long reach, a fairly high stack, and aggressive (but not too aggressive) 65.5° head tube angle and 76° seat tube angle. Its 4130 Chromoly Steel frame is designed for use with a 140mm travel fork, boost hub spacing, and modular sliding dropouts.
The Surface Voyager is now loaded with features that bikepackers will surely appreciate, including externally routed cables, multiple mounts inside the main triangle, top tube and downtube mounts (a first for Chromag), and rear rack mounts. As always, it uses a 73mm threaded bottom bracket, Chromag’s very own “Yokel” chainstay bridge, and an injection moulded chainstay protector.
All Canada-made frames include a single paint colour (gloss finish, not matte or flake) and black or white decals. You also have the option for a completely custom paint job, including fades, splatters, clear coats, and more. The Surface Voyager is currently only offered as a frame-only purchase, comes in five different sizes, and costs $2,480 CAD (~$1,965 USD).
Find additional details and ordering information over at ChromagBikes.com.
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