You may recall that I spent some time on a Surly Troll awhile back. That was a really great bike, but I'm compelled by the standards of my chosen profession to keep up with new products. Therefore, the Troll was sent to a new home, and replaced with the Disc Trucker that I rode in my recent adventure in California.
Anyway, the Troll's 29er big brother, the Surly Ogre has intrigued me since I first heard about it. But a person of normal means can only buy so many bikes, so I procrastinated. Then Surly presented us with the fat-tire 29er Krampus and the corresponding 50mm wide Rabbit Hole rim. Unfortunately for me, the Krampus is fun to ride, like a fast fat bike, but lacks braze-ons for racks and other accoutrements. In my twisted mind, outfitting an Ogre with Rabbit Hole rims and "normal" 29x2.4" tires was the best of both worlds. As the project was coming together, I discovered that Surly had created, but not publicized, a Krampus fork with the same braze-ons that are included on an Ogre fork. It's 15 mm taller but has a few mm more offset, so it seems like a reasonable substitute, in terms of that mysterious concept known as steering geometry. Without cantilever braze-ons, the Krampus fork is actually 50g lighter than the Ogre fork, even with the canti posts removed. We started with a 29x2.2 Schwalbe Racing Ralph in back and a 29x3 Surly Knard in front. I present the Krogre:
Those are Natril Gear panniers on a Tubus Duo rack. We sell all these items, by the way. Side note: the world needs more camouflage bike accessories.
I just received some Maxxis Ardent 2.4" tires to tie it all together. Here's the result:
Tire clearance is considerable in front, as you'd expect:
The red rim strips lend a touch of class, which is really what this is all about.