26 July 2013

Rohloff-Equipped Surly Ogre 29er Touring/Mountain Bike in HI-VIZ!

You will never lose this bike. Ever.

This is by far the brightest Surly bike we've ever put together. It's a Surly Ogre, a bike designed to be ridden just about anywhere. Our customer was looking for a versatile, mixed-terrain bike suitable for touring and light mountain biking in a package that was visible, reliable, and bulletproof. We built the bike around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internally geared hub, a bulletproof drivetrain that gives the full gear range of a derailleur system, requires very little maintenance, and needs no adjustments once set up.

Plenty of braze-ons for disc brakes, rim brakes, racks, fenders, bottle cages, etc. on the painted to match steel fork 


The Surly Ogre is a great choice for a do it all machine due to it's tough steel construction, Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 compatibility, and smart design. It has ample tire clearance and plenty of braze-ons for anything you could want including a special Surly trailer. In order to meet the visibility requirement, we had our local powder coater strip the stock finish and spray the frame with an eye catching shade of fluorescent green. We set up the bike for use with both the stock steel fork (painted to match) and a Rock Shox suspension fork.


Non-driveside dropout showing chainstay brake mount, Rohloff OEM2 mount. Surly Tugnutts on either side hold the wheel in place and allow for easier reinstallation of the wheel

Because this bike is going to be ridden hard in varying conditions and on rough terrain, we needed to build a strong set of wheels for it. We laced the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Shimano XT front hub to a set of Velocity Cliffhanger rims (our favorite heavy duty rim) with SAPIM Race spokes in all black to let the bright green frame really pop.


The Ogre dropout features a trailer mount, derailer hanger, all kinds of rack and fender mounts, and a horizontal slot for adjusting chain tension

Clean Rohloff cable routing
This Surly Ogre is another example of the kind of versatile bikes we often build around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 hub.  It could easily be ridden across the country or just used as a daily commuter. Even with the large Schwalbe Big Apple tires there is plenty of clearance for a full coverage fender or just lots of mud.  The gear range and reliability of the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 are only two reasons why they are so popular with our customers. Get in touch with us if you have any questions about this build or to see what kind of Surly we can put together for you!

Build Details:
  • Frame: Surly Ogre
  • Fork: Surly Ogre steel and RockShox Recon Silver
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40
  • Stem: Thomson X4
  • Handlebar: Truvativ Stylo
  • Shifter: Rohloff
  • Grips: Ergon GP1
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite 27.2 setback aluminum
  • Saddle: Selle Anatomica
  • Front Hub: Shimano XT
  • Rear Hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14
  • Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Nipples: Sapim Brass
  • Rims: Velocity Cliff Hanger
  • Tires: Schwalbe Big Apple
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano
  • Chainring: RaceFace Single ring
  • Rear Sprocket: Rohloff
  • Chain: Wipperman ConneX 7R8
  • Brakes & Levers: Avid BB7
  • Rotors: Rohloff/Avid



6 comments:

  1. Beautiful, functional bike. It's kind of amazing that bike manufacturers don't routinely offer this kind of hi-viz option.

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  3. Beautiful build!

    How did the Recon work in terms of axle-to-crown length? Was it a 100mm fork? I have a rigid Ogre and would like to put on a suspension fork.

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    1. The frame is designed around an 80mm 29'er fork. You could put a 100mm fork on if you wanted, but it would lift the BB by about 10-12mm and relax the head and seat angles by ~0.8°.

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