Another Winter Project: Troll

A few years ago, I bought a second, new Pugsley frame; it was bright yellow. After not getting around to building it up for a year or so, I was taken with the idea that I only really needed one fat-bike (silly me).

A couple of years ago, when Earl from Revolution was looking for a second Pugsley (mustard to complement the ketchup) and offered to trade for another Surly frameset, I took him up on it and went for a new, black Surly Troll. I had Revolution install a green Chris King headset and brought it home.

And then it hung in the shop for at least another full year, while I tried to figure out what to do with it. At one point, I removed all of the decals, leaving only the head badge. Later, I even considered selling the frame, fork, seat collar, and headset and posted it on CL. No interest though, so it went back on the hook for a while.

Clearly, I now have no choice but to build this frame up and use it for something. As often happens in situations like this, I get it into my head that I should do something interesting. After having heard that it was possible to build a 26″ Surly Long Haul Trucker with 650b wheels while still using rim brakes, I figured I could do the same with the Troll.

I bought a second set of Velo Orange 650b wheels (in addition to the ones on the Polyvalent), found some nice wide tires, and set to work digging the rest of the parts–some new, some used–from the bins. It’s now partially built–needing only that I decide which cockpit setup, gearing, and racks I’ll use for what will become a both an everyday utility bike and something for rough roads and bikepacking.

Another winter project, another bike that will be ready for riding come spring.

4 thoughts on “Another Winter Project: Troll

  1. I’m going to go with none of the above. The Ogre and AWOL because they have disc brakes, the LHT because I’d want more tire clearance.

    If I were to make peace with disc brakes, I’d go for an ECR or a Jones Plus. But if I could just pick something, it would probably look a lot like (or simply be) a Cycles Bryant FatRoB (in 650b configuration). On the production side, a Velo Orange Camargue comes to mind.

    In other words, something that’s built for fat rubber, rim brakes, carrying stuff, and isn’t suspension corrected.

  2. This is great information, thanks man. After riding Almanzo and having some fun a MTB I am headed off the road and into the outback to see what I can do. You blog is a motivation and a source of info. Thanks!

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