This is the second Surly Troll we've built this spring for a guy named Jim. Both of them are some of our favorite people here at Milltown, and the bikes are built right in line with parts and ideals we really like.
Jim wanted us to build him a bike very similar to his Big Dummy. As with many of our frame up builds, this one starts with a great frame, the Troll, and great wheels. Jim wanted an balanced seating position, durable yet light drive train parts, and an orange Brooks saddle. All things easily done, and a heck of a package deal. The bike will serve a few duties, from Jim's intro into mtb riding, to gravel and commuting. It will round out his stable of his beloved, (formerly mine,) Surly Big Dummy, and a knobbie tired Steamroller very well!
The wheels in this case are build around DT's mid-level 370 hubs. These are the same hubs that we built Matt's race wheels with a few weeks ago, and I am just as happy with them on this set. They roll really well, they come with a normal steel cassette friendly freehub body, and the pawls work and sound great when riding. We built these a little stouter than those wheels, starting with DT's medium weight XR 480 rims. These are nice and wide at 28mm, and support tires very well. They weigh right around 480gms, (clever name,) and they built up great. The spokes we used are those Sapim Force butted spokes I like so much. This combo should roll forever, and require very little maintenence. They are show with Bontrager XDX 2.1" tires, some of my all time favorites for mixed condition mtb riding locally.
Lots of sensible parts round out the cockpit and controls. Ergon grips and a Surly Open bar provide a lot of stable comfort. Brakes from Avid and Paul Thumbie shifters make for a great looking, wonderful performing set up. This is the same set up as Jim's Dummy so transitioning from bike to bike will be quite easy.