'Secret' Fat-Tire Trials Bike from Surly

We are on a fat-bike roll! Last week, we reviewed the obese-wheeled Salsa Mukluk “snow bike” then shortly thereafter reported on a project to bring suspension-enabled frames to the genre of the fat.

Now, another sneak peek at a fat-bike build that comes unexpected: On the blog of the Minneapolis bike shop Behind Bars owner Chuck Cowan posted two “secret” photos of a Surly prototype that for the first time adds fat tires (3.8 inches wide) to a trials bike.

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Prototype Pugsley bike from Surly

The single-speed bike uses a small Pugsley frame along with a teeny chainring, disc brakes, Race Face and Salsa parts, as well as Surly’s own uber-wide rims and 26 × 3.8-inch Larry model treaded fat rubber. There’s a phrase stickered on: “Hold My Beer And Watch This.”

Cowan called the bike a “Surly Trials Pug” and said a QBP worker brought the bike into his shop for a quick look only. “This is on the D.L. [down low] so keep it to yourself,” Cowan wrote, ostensibly tongue-and-cheek (as he posted the photos on his blog).

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Grainy shot: Demo’ing the trials fatty

The genre of the fat-bike continues to evolve. From snow, to trails, to suspension, now onto trials . . . keep watching here for updates on the burgeoning bulbous-tire scene.

—Stephen Regenold

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Theme of this to-be-announced bike?

Posted by Frank R - 01/17/2012 02:52 PM

Hi, Stephen. In general I really enjoy reading your articles, both here on Gear Junkie and elsewhere. Re “tongue-and-cheek”: is this an example of an “eggcorn” where you meant to say “tongue-in-cheek”, or am I missing a pun or some other clever turn of phrase? Thanks for the report on the Pugsley trials bike…

Posted by Steve Forss - 01/27/2012 08:39 PM


Posted by TA - 02/11/2012 02:05 PM

Seen on mtbr… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNv03d5RKCA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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