Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Surly Bikes to give away a complete Ghost Grappler to one lucky member of our Bikepacking Collective. Find details about the Ghost Grappler and learn how to get signed up for a chance to win one here…

We have something extraordinary for our latest Collective Reward gear giveaway: Thanks to a generous donation from the crew at Surly Bikes in Minnesota, one lucky Bikepacking Collective member will be receiving a complete Surly Ghost Grappler in their choice of size. That’s a $1,899 value, and we’re beyond excited for one of our supporters to take home this prize.

In case you missed it in Logan’s in-depth review last month, the highly anticipated new Surly Ghost Grappler is what they call a “dedicated drop-bar trail bike built for bikepacking excursions, singletrack sessions, and all-day dirt rides.” It features a uniquely long geometry, a rigid-specific design, an internally routed dropper post, a whole bunch of mounts, and comes specced with burly 27.5″ tires. Thanks to its adjustable dropouts, the Ghost Grappler can also be set up single speed or with an internally geared hub. It’s made for dirt road tours, hectic singletrack sessions, and everything in between.

Surly Ghost Grappler Review

The Ghost Grappler is a distinctly “Surly” rig and is the kind of disruptor bike we’ve been hoping to see for a while now. You can check out Logan’s full review (linked at the bottom of this post) for complete details, and find a brief introduction to the Ghost Grappler below.

Here’s How to Win!

Everyone who has joined our Bikepacking Collective by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 17th, is automatically entered for a chance to win the Surly Ghost Grappler and many other prizes. Our members are essential to ensuring the future of the site, and receive two issues of The Bikepacking Journal in the mail each year, plus have access to lots of other great benefits such as discounts and exclusive access to merchandise and other products. We’re largely reader-supported, and every member makes a difference.

Surly Ghost Grappler Review
  • Surly Ghost Grappler Review
  • Surly Ghost Grappler Review

Surly Ghost Grappler Highlights

Surly Natch Tubing

Both the frame and fork are made from Surly’s TIG-welded, ED-coated 100% Chromoly steel with a double-butted main triangle and fork blades.

Ample Tire Clearance

The Ghost Grappler boasts clearance for 27.5 x 2.8” or 29 x 2.1″ tires (with or without fenders), providing a comfortable platform and opening up your options for any terrain.

Adaptable Spacing

Since the frame uses Surly’s versatile Gnot-Boost spacing, you can choose between running 142mm or Boost 148mm rear hubs, allowing you to swap between wheels or run what you already have.

Mounts Galore

In addition to all the bottle, rack, and fender mounts you’d expect, the Ghost Grappler frameset has unique seatstay-mounted bottle bosses and three-pack mounts on the top and underside of the down tube.

Unique Geometry

The frame’s unusual angles add up to create a unique mix of stability, maneuverability, and comfortable long-ride geometry (and lots of frame bag space, too).

Long Front End Means Options

Speaking of geometry, the Ghost Grappler’s super long front is begging for experimentation with flat bars and also opens up the possibility for a better fit with drops if you’re between sizes.

No-Nonsense Build Kit

Specced with big rides off the beaten path in mind, the build kit features an unfussy and dependable mix of components that aren’t likely to leave you stranded or unable to find spares if things go wrong.

Custom Dropouts

Run your Ghost Grappler with a conventional rear derailleur, single speed, or with an internally geared hub: you’ve got options, and versatility is the name of the game.

Internal Dropper Routing

The frame’s stealthy internal dropper routing offers a clean look and keeps unnecessary cables out of the way.

  • Surly Ghost Grappler Review
  • Surly Ghost Grappler Review
  • Surly Ghost Grappler Review

Build Kit

  • Frame/Fork 2022 Surly Ghost Grappler
  • Rims WTB ST i40 TCS
  • Hubs Novatec (15×110 front, 12×148 rear)
  • Tires Teravail Ehline, 27.5 x 2.5″
  • Handlebars Salsa Cowchipper 31.8
  • Headset Cane Creek 40
  • Crankset Samox 2PCS Boost 32t
  • Bottom Bracket Samox BSA 24
  • Cassette Microshift 11-48t
  • Rear Derailleur Microshift M6205
  • Brakes Tektro Mira MD-C400
  • Brake Levers AdventX Dual Control
  • Shifter(s) Microshift SB-M100A
  • Saddle WTB Volt 142
  • Seatpost TransX YSP15, 30.9, 100mm travel
  • Stem Promax DA-296, 31.8 or Kalloy AS-007
  • Other accessories Cork Black grip tape, Surly stainless seatpost clamp
Surly Ghost Grappler Review

Support from our members makes BIKEPACKING.com possible. If you’re a regular reader of the site, please consider joining our Bikepacking Collective. Membership is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and members are automatically entered to win bi-monthly Collective Rewards (including a Ghost Grappler), receive two issues of The Bikepacking Journal in the mail each year, have access to a bunch of exclusive industry discounts, and lots more.

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