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Surly Krampus | Paul's Custom Build

A fat-tyred silver dream

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The brief

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!

The bike

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...)

Paul chose SQ-Lab handlebars and Innerbarends, matched with Ergon grips, for a super-comfortable front end.

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.

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