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!




What to carry?

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