A fat-tyred silver dream
Paul had wanted a Surly Krampus for a very long time, but also had a very specific aesthetic in mind. This meant a stock bike just would not do.
Let the custom-ing begin!
His Krampus frameset has an unique paint job -- Pickled Beet; you should see it in the sun! -- so Paul wanted as many polished alloy components as possible to contrast against it. He also wanted the bike to have a timeless look, and didn't want to take any shortcuts on component quality.
First, we managed to find a pair of polished Velocity rims, and laced them up with silver Tune hubs and silver DT spokes for a genuinely impressive wheelset.
Big rims need big tyres, so a set of Maxxis Chronicle was the obvious choice to round them out. (Ba-da-bing!)
There aren't too many silver headset options around these days, but thankfully Tune came to the rescue again. We then added a silver Thomson Elite stem and post, plus a silver Surly clamp to complement the build.
A SRAM GX Eagle drive train gave the bike a lovely clean look but kept a massive gear range, so the Krampus could go anywhere Paul wanted.
For brakes, we picked Shimano SLX four-pistons for their huge stopping power and great reliability. (If only they came in a polished silver version...)
The finishing touch was an SQ-Lab 611 Ergowave Active saddle. If you've never tried one, these saddles are comfy-womfy.
Voila! One silver-touched Surly Krampus, and one very happy customer.
Just got home now after going the "long way home" and just wanted to let you know the Surly is back to form after the service you did today. The gears are changing without a hitch again, all bearings are running as smooth as silk again, and the wheels are true and tight. So thanks again…Andrew Graham