Bike check: Surly Ogre 2017


Just a quick rundown on what I have strapped on my brown-colored end of days rig. Full parts list to follow, explanation after that:

Frameset – Surly Ogre XL 4130 with a matching Surly fork complete with humongous amount of bolts for backup. Headset FSA Orbit and a XT MT800 bottom bracket.

Wheels – Hope Pro 4 with enduro rims rolling on Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.5 tyres.

Gearing – 1×10 Zee shifter, derailleur paired up with XT 11-36 cassette, XT chain, 30T Blackspire Snaggletooth on a 170mm RaceFace Aeffect crankset.

Steering – Echo biketrials 740mm handlebar locked with an Easton 60mm stem. Handsofteners are Contec ergo grips.

Feet/hindwarmers – WTB Rocket saddle and Sixpack Menace DH pedals.

Braking – Avid BB7 with 180/160mm rotors being grinded by Swisstop brake pads.

Front rack – Specialized pizza rack with custom “pizza slices”.

I chose steel and Surly for obvious reasons – light weight, competition-ready technology, speed and Strava record breaking..

Jokes aside, I chose this build so it could carry my butt up any mountain, descend any slope and not make me check every other fragile part of the bike every kilometer. Fit and forget is the key word with this bike.

Having ridden many adventures already in all lengths I’ve come to know what I want from the bike. The amount of time you would spend worrying on a non-reliable bike is time you could’ve spent taking in the surroundings or talking to locals in various places. Nothing is more valuable. That’s why I chose a bike by not its weight but by its longevity. Everything is rigid but still flexy enough to give me an enjoyable ride (10-12+ hours a day).

While I do have more plans with bikes (yes, carbon too), this will be the bike I can always rely on in the decades to come.

Thanks for giving this a read, cheers!



3- season sub 4kg baseweight bikepacking-backpacking gear.  @ats97204

Sleepingbag Aegismax quilt sleepingbag 450g
Matress Sea to summit ultralight insulated 450g
Tarp Golite poncho/ tarp 310g
Bug mesh 3F UL mesh tent 1 person 280g
Tent stakes alu 7070 8tk 100g
Tent cord Custom made 150g
Base layer Devold breeze merino 350g
Hat Makia Merino 100g
Gloves scott windbreaker 100g
Midlayer TNF Thermoball hoodie 380g
Canister 2L Platypus platy 2l 36g
Filter Sawyer mini filter 46g
Pot Toaks 750ml titanium 110g
Spork & Spoon Toaks Titanium spoon 15g
Gas supply 110ml canister 100g
Cup sea to summit X-cup 45g
Burner Ti burner BRS3000 28g
Saw Bacho Laplander 200g
Knife Mora Robust carbon 200g
Survival set First aid, sawing kit, tape, lighter 50g
Soap STS soap leaves 50
Towel Flax towel 100
Toothbrush Bamboo 50
Battery Mi 10000Mah 200
Phone Iphone 7s 200
Earphones Iphone 50
Headlamp Petzl Tactikka 100


Bike check @ats97204

Surly Karate Monkey 29er 11.7kg
Frameset 20“ frame (L), 29“ wheels, surly fork
Wheels Fulcrum red power XL 29“
tyres Continetal race king 2.2
Drivetrain SLX derailleur, XT shifter, XT cassette, Ti bots
brakes Avid BB7, avid levers, 180mm discs
cranks Shimano SLX+ ti bolts, XT bb
pedals Crank brothers Stamp 1
handlebar Crank brothers Opiom 3 780mm

Framebag Custom made by @bikepackingestonia