Monday, April 15, 2013

Mountain Bike Monday - SURLY OGRE

This is just one of a couple cool Mountain Bikes that Surly puts out.  There is a 26" version called the Troll but the Ogre is a 29'er and a great Rigid Trail Bike or Dirt Touring Rig with many mounts available for water bottles, racks, and accessory cages on the front fork.

Let's see what Surly says about this rig and then I will add in my take since I own one and actually commuted on it this morning to work:

Meet Ogre, Troll’s bigger-wheel brother. Troll and Ogre offer the same ability to accommodate a wide array of drivetrains, brakes, and cargo-hauling accessories. The main difference is that Ogre runs on 29" wheels, the Troll on 26".
Built of 4130 CroMoly steel and based on the tried-and-true geometry of our venerable Karate Monkey, Ogre is designed to be a platform for exploration, commuting, trailer-pulling, on-road and off-road touring, and just riding along. Both frames feature gusseted sloping toptubes, Surly Trip Guides for running full shift and brake housing, mounts for linear-pull and disc brakes, and ample room between the stays for high-volume rubber…up to about 2.5".
Ogre comes with our suspension-corrected (80mm) fork. It features mid-blade eyelets and low-blade barrel bosses for mounting front racks. We provide canti pivots and disc brake mounts, so you can choose a system that best suits your stopping needs. And it’s specifically designed to allow the use of a fender, disc brake, and front rack at the same time. Yep, you read that right.
Like the fork, the rear end allows all-at-once rack, fender and disc compatibility. Spaced for 135mm hubs, the ‘dropouts’ are just like Troll’s…rear load horizontals with a derailleur hanger, slotted disc brake mounts, M10 x 1mm threaded holes for mounting Surly Bill & Ted trailer-connecting hardware (or B.O.B. Nutz), and a dedicated anchoring point for a Rohloff OEM2 axle plate. We designed a ton of versatility into these framesets because we want you to build up a Troll or Ogre the way it will best serve you. Framesets and complete bikes are available in sizes 16, 18, 20, 22 and supergiant 24". Tall folks, we got your back.
The complete bike parts spec is durable and sensible…just the sort of value you expect from a Surly. If you’re like us, your bike needs will likely change by the day, week, month or year. Ride it to the office during the day, rip some local single-track after work, use it to tote crates of freakishly-large tubers next weekend, and tour that stretch of off-the-beaten-path double-track next month. With Ogre (and Troll), you can do that.
   FrameSurly Ogre, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG-welded
ForkSurly Ogre, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. TIG-welded. 1-1/8˝ threadless steer tube, uncut

Crankset & BBTruVativ Firex 3.1, 22/32/44t. Black
Front DerailleurShimano Deore, Model 590. 28.6mm. Top pull
Rear DerailleurShimano Deore, Model 590SGS. 9-speed
Cog or CogsetShimano HG-61, 11/34
ChainSRAM PC-970, Silver

   HeadsetCane Creek 40, 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
 BrakesAvid BB7, Cable actuated. 160mm rotors front & rear
Brake LeversAvid FR-5, Black
     ShiftersShimano Deore, 3 x 9 Rapidfire
StemKalloy AS-008, 25.4mm bar clamp. Aluminum. 4-bolt face. Black
         HandlebarSalsa MotoAce, 17° bend. Black
   SaddleWTB SST Comp, Steel rails. Black vinyl. Feels pretty o.k.
     SeatpostKalloy SP-342, 27.2mm. 350mm. Black
 ExtrasSurly stainless steel post clamp, 14g DT Swiss spokes

HubsShimano Deore Disc, Model M529. 32h. QR. Black
   Spokes14g DT Swiss spokes, Strong like ox
RimsAlex Adventurer, 700c. 32-hole. Black w/machined sidewalls
TiresWTB Exiwolf, 29 x 2.3˝. Steel bead

Frame SizeStem LengthStem AngleHandlebar WidthCrank Length

The Ogre is available in either a complete bike as specified above or a frame/fork and you can do you own build.  This is the route that I took when I looked around my bike area and realized I had enough parts to put a mountain bike together and I started searching around for a frame to utilize.
I decided the Ogre would be the frame because first and foremost the cool name!  I also realized that with the touring that I like to do that the Ogre would fit the bill as the bike I would build up.  I almost took it on my west coast tour I did last May but with the Cantilever brakes that I was running a fender set up was not practical (If I had more time I could have modified it to work out but this tour came together pretty quickly so I went with my Salsa Vaya that was already Tour Ready).
The Ogre is not a speed bike on the dirt and it actually reminds me of my Salsa Mukluk quite a bit in the fact that it is a slow responding bike.  But since I am not a speed demon it fits me quite well.  If you are looking for a trail only mountain bike I would probably not recommend the Ogre but if you are looking for a bike that you can ride comfortably to the trail head (or even to the campground with all of your camping gear) and have some fun in the dirt then I would highly recommend the Ogre.
If you have any questions about the Ogre or would like to look at mine give us a call at the shop, send us an e-mail or stop by.  I generally ride to Tom's on Saturday and I can ride the Ogre in for you to check out.


    Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086
Phone: (716) 651-9995
Fax: (716)651-0858


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