I’ve been trolling Flickr for Surly Pugsley build ideas. Just to see what other folks have done and kill some time while I wait for my last few parts to arrive. I stumbled upon this nice Pugsley that is built up similar to what I have in mind.
I’ll be using a Shimano Alfine IGH on the back as well. For all weather shifting. I’ve read encouraging accounts of Alfines used in Northern Canada with success. I’ll have a SS or fixed gear cog up front that I can swap in should the Alfine pack it in when it gets uber cold. I’ve got the Alfine trigger shifter which I’m going to try. Depending how I like it I’ll keep it or try the Nexus 8 twist-shifter instead. I like the ability to dump multiple gears with the twist-shifter, but 1) I have an Alfine trigger shifter so might as well use it and 2) I haven’t really used triggers regularly for years so knows I may fall back in love.
I’m surprised how nice the Pugsley looks with normal sized tires. I’ll be putting some OMM racks on front & back. I like the bars he used and will be trying some Thorn MK2 comfort bars which are similar. If I don’t love them I’ll swap in a set of MTB risers or a Titec H-bar.
I’ve scored some LX-ish Shimano hydraulic disc brakes which I’ll try. I’ve never used hydraulics discs before, but I thought they might be better due to less maintenance in winter conditions and less likely to freeze up than mechanical discs. If they don’t work out I’ll go with trusty Avid BB7s.
Just a little more waiting….