Surly Krampus and the 29+ Take Over

Surly Krampus
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The last 10 days of my existence I’ve been in Utah drinking in all of the new bike knowledge I could handle. One of the biggest things that came out of the event of Saddle Drive was a new fatty bike from Surly Bikes.

Meet the Surly Krampus

Surly has coined a new term in the cycling industry called 29+.

3″ tired 29er mountain bike. Take your beloved Surly Karate Monkey or Ogre, enter some EPO, a different rear yoke, different geometry and fork… and you have the Krampus.

While better written folks have talked about the Krampus I feel it is my duty as your Southeast Surly rep to give you my take on it, especially for the territory I live. Read more from smarter people here:  Surly & DirtRag

The Krampus is f’n awesome

Take the fat tire smile fest of a Surly Pugsley and make it feel more like a mountain bike instead of feeling totally different from anything you have ridden before.

The low PSI of the 3″ tires makes traction easier to keep, the handling will be loved in the mountains of Pisgah. The simple design, the beautiful sparkling paint job and name make it a sought after bike already.

Ride a Krampus at Southern Spokes

We will have a few early production Krampus for demo at Southern Spokes! This will be the first consumer place to ride a 29+ (to my knowledge).

Disclaimer: I am a Surly rep and will make money off this bike if you are to purchase it in the Southeast area of the USA. That doesn’t sway my view and this bike is still awesome, even if I didn’t make money off of it.

6 Comments

  • Jared says:

    Thanks for the pics, some good angles not seen elsewhere. I lol’d at your disclaimer- anyone at QBP or Surly or whoever it is that has the tire factory that enabled this big a tire all deserve to make money off of it, for you are all awesome.

    Already have a Knard and Rabbit Hole on Item Watch at my LBS so I can cram it onto my Ogre :D

  • Spencer says:

    I want to ride the Krampus now! You should let me helmetcam a slow climb up the goat trail on it.

  • Ben says:

    I rode the Krampus at Southern Spokes and it was awesome! I was expecting it to be a bit of a fat, sluggish hog … not so! It felt surprisingly nimble and was a joy to cruise the trails on. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it and the many other bikes out for demo at that fun event!

  • Kurt Schneider says:

    Just picked up my Krampus from the shop today.

    We were only able to get the frame/rims/tires/etc from QBP…so most of the components chosen were either close to Surly spec, or stuff I wanted on there. (Stayed with 1×10 drive and mechanical discs.) Fortunately, we didn’t have to build wheels…but there’s a box of gold anodized spoke nipples…just in case.

    This girl flies. First ride was in the dark, on a trail system I’ve been riding for years. (With lights.) I thought she’d be slower handling, based on the size and weight, but the Krampus is just as much fun as my Trek 29er, and nearly as fast. (Could be faster, since they’re ridden a little differently.) The bike just doesn’t “feel” big. A freakin’ blast.

    Depending on weather, we may go about 40 miles tomorrow, with more riding through next week. Can’t wait.

    Sweet bike.

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