SURLY LONG HAUL TRUCKER

Edward has been part of the family since 2012. Julie named it after the vampire in the film, Twilight. She says her Long Haul Trucker has a ‘goth-like’ paint job which sparkles in sunlight. I’m not sure about the name, or yet to see it sparkle, but it’s not my bike so I have to roll with it.

Julie rides a black 54cm frame, 26″ version. I think it looks rad, like a tough old school mountain bike from the 1980s. It’s a workhorse, bombproof, get the job done type of bike.

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2015 BUILD

For this build we basically started from the ground up. Julie was never a fan of drops so we replaced them with Velo Orange trekking handlebars. We wanted to keep the friction shifters because of their reliability, so using VO thumb shifter mounts we mounted bar-end shifters on to the top of the bars which I think finished the look off. From there the build snowballed out of control as we started to replace many of the existing stock components with higher quality parts. In went a Chris King headset, bottom bracket and new Shimano XT V-Brakes. We chose a 22/32/44 Shimano Deore crank to get Julie up the steep mountains and new Tubus racks on the front and the rear. Finally, we upgraded the wheels to Velocity Cliffhangers and Phil Woods 36h hubs. In the end it turned out to be a pretty expensive upgrade but I’m rather proud of how it looks.

*Note, the photos were taken halfway through the build so not all components are on the bike yet.

PART LIST

  • Frame: 54cm Surly Long Haul Trucker Surly 4130 CroMoly steel
  • Fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker CroMoly, lugged and brazed
  • Front Hub: Phil Wood Touring Hub – 36h
  • Rear Hub: Phil Wood Touring Hub – 36h
  • Rims: Velocity Cliff Hangers – 36h
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore M590 9 Speed Triple Chainset, 44.32.22t, 170mm
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50. 9-speed. 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34t
  • Shifter: Shimano Bar End SL-BS77 9-speed mounted on VO Thumb Shifter
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Conventional 9sp
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M771SGS top-normal long cage
  • Chain: KMC X1 3/32
  • Tires: Continental Travel Contact 1.75
  • Bottom Bracket: Chris King Shimano external
  • Brakes:  Shimano Deore XT BR-T780 V-brake
  • Levers: Shimano Deore XT
  • Headset: Chris King 1 1/8″ Nothreadset
  • Handlebar: Dajia Cycleworks Trekking Handlebar
  • Stem: VO Threadless Stem 25.4, +/-6 deg rise
  • Saddle: Brooks B17 Flyer
  • Seatpost: VO Grand Cru Seatpost, Long Setback
  • Pedals: Blackspire El Gordo
  • Mudguards: Bontrager NCS
  • Front Rack: Tubus Ergo Front Rack
  • Rear Rack: Tubus Logo Evo Rear Rack
  • Bottle Cages: King Cage X3

 

ACCESSORIES

  • Water Bottles: Klean Kanteen 27oz Classic X2 & Vacuum Insulated 20oz X1
  • Bicycle Computer: Cateye Velo 9 Wired
  • Front Light: Planet Bike Blaze
  • Rear Light: Planet Bike
  • Bell: Crane Suzu Lever Strike Brass Bell
  • Pump: Topeak Road Morph
  • Front Bags: Ortlieb Front Roller Plus
  • Rear Bags: Ortlieb Back Roller Plus
  • Frame Bag: Revelate Designs Gas Tank Frame Pack

 

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2012 BUILD

This is basically the stock build from Surly. We changed the saddle to a Brooks B17 Flyer and the pedals to Shimano pd-m324 clip-ins. We also raised the handlebars using a stem riser and added cross top brake levers for Julie to have multiple positions for the brakes.

PART LIST

  • Frame: 54cm Surly Long Haul Trucker Surly 4130 CroMoly steel
  • Fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker CroMoly, lugged and brazed
  • Front Hub: Shimano XT
  • Rear Hub: Shimano XT
  • Rims: Alex Adventurer 36h
  • Crankset: Andel Forged arms. Silver. Aluminum rings, 110mm BCD, 48-36-26t
  • Chain: SRAM PC971 9-speed
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50. 9-speed. 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34t
  • Shifter: Shimano Bar End SL-BS77 9-speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD-4503BS triple
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M771SGS top-normal long cage
  • Tires: Continental Contact City 26 x 1.5″
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN54 square taper.
  • Brakes: Tektro Oryx cantilever
  • Levers: Tektro RL340 & Cane Creek Cross top Levers
  • Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp 1-1/8″ threadless, w/40mm spacers. Black
  • Handlebar: PMT Aluminum. Silver
  • Stem: Kalloy AS-009 1-1/8″ threadless. Forged. 26.0mm clamp. Silver
  • Saddle: Brooks B17 Flyer
  • Seatpost: Kalloy SP-248D
  • Pedals: Shimano PD‑M324
  • Mudguards: Bontrager NCS
  • Rear Rack: Blackburn EX-1

 

ACCESSORIES

  • Water Bottles: x3 Polar Bottle
  • Bicycle Computer: Cateye Velo 9
  • Pump: Topeak Road Morph
  • Rear Bags: Ortlieb Back Roller
  • Handlebar bag: Ortlieb Ultimate 5

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