New to the fleet is a 2011 Surly Big Dummy. I've been intrigued by the BD since it first came out a few years ago with it's sexy curved top tube. The new incarnation loses the fancy top tube, but is still a cool bike. I picked this up from a local rider as a frame/fork/vrack/freeloaders package. As is normal, what was planned to be a cheap quick build turned into something a little fancier as I got into the project.
The final build list:
- Shimano XT Hubs laced to Mavic XM321 rims. Shod with 2.5" Maxxis Hookworm tires
- Race Face triple crankset mated to a Shimano 122mm square taper BB
- Shimano Deore front and rear derailleurs
- SRAM attack shifters
- Jeff Jones Aluminum loop bars
- Salsa 110mm stem
- Chris King headset
- Salsa Promoto 2 seatpost with Brooks B17 on top
- Salsa seat collar
- Ping bell
- Origin 8 platform pedals
- Avid speed dial levers running BB7 brakes
- Avid 203mm rotors (F & R)
- Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders
- Some inner tubes and electrical tape to keep the paint wear to a minimum
I painted the V racks black to match the frame. I also ordered in a set of wide loaders and painted them black too, as well as adding some well placed innertube to potential wear/bump spots. The bike is sporting a black Flightdesk as well.
Initial ride impressions after a couple hundred miles with and without cargo are positive. A bit of work uphill, but it cruises at 15-18 on flats just fine. Handling is great, and the bike is well balanced, both loaded and unloaded. Loads so far include 70 lbs of groceries, empty and full LP tanks, a case of beer in two Rubbermaid coolers, and my lovely wife. I'm looking forward to many miles on this bike over the coming months. It will be interesting to see how well it handles once the weather starts getting colder and snowier.