Surly Pugsley Reviews

26 01 2009
Minnesota rests above downtown Calgary

Minnesota rests above downtown Calgary

I found a couple Surly Pugsley reviews that might interest prospective Pugsley owners:

I agree with pretty much everything these reviewers say and I’ll be posting my own Pugsley review now that I’ve had a chance to test Minnesota in Baja desert/beach conditions as well as winter biking at home.


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26 09 2010
Graham

is your pug named minnesota?

27 09 2010
thelazyrando

@Graham – in theory…I don’t really name my bikes so that name doesn’t get used much.

12 10 2011
Randy

I am building a new Pugs this weekend. Making it single speed as that is what i ride all summer and want the hard work. What gearing are you running as a single speed and do you run a different freewheel on the front wheel?

12 10 2011
thelazyrando

@Randy – I run my Pugs as an eight speed with an Alfine IGH. My front wheel is a fixed gear as an emergency replacement, but I’ve never had to use it.

12 10 2011
Randy

I think i am in for a world of hurt then? i am hoping that because all i ride is ss then the gearing will make or break the ss pugs experience

12 10 2011
thelazyrando

@Randy – you are in for a world of hurt if you don’t gear a SS Pug really low. Remember it’s a tractor! If you do it will work fine and you just have to be okay when you hit hard surfaces and you can’t go very fast.

Two ideas for you:

1) run a different cog on the front wheel [which is also a back wheel on the Pug] so you can swap them. That way you can have a low gear and a medium gear.

2) run two or 3 chain rings and a SS gear at the back…manually shift gears when you need a major gear change. You’ll need a chain tensioner that can deal with the slack.

12 10 2011
Randy

I ride 34 18 on my Trek Paragon 29er and find it very nice tough on climbs but i do climb well with it. I am thinking the Pugs will go 33 18 for cruising then have a 20 tooth freewheel up front for the trails. I am a strong rider but conditions will tell snow and sand will be the eye opener. What does your pugs weigh?

12 10 2011
thelazyrando

@Randy – I don’t have a scale so I can’t tell you what my Pugs weighs, but I’d guess a bit over 40lbs.

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