Surly is releasing a new 29er called the Krampus. It’s claim to fame is that it’s a 29er with clearance for 3 inch tires. This effectively makes this bike not a 29er, but a 31er – however loathe to introduce yet another tire spec, Surly is simply calling it 29+.
Building a bike and then building the tires/rims that go on it is sorta Surly’s bailiwick. They’ve been doing this with the Pugsley for years now (Endomorph/Larry tires and Large Marge rims), started doing it with their Moonlander last year (Big Fat Larry tires and Clown Shoe rims) , and now they’re doing it for the Krampus; 50mm rims and 3 inch tires (Knard tires and Rabbit Hole rims).
At first blush 3 inch tires sounds awesome – vertical dropouts and 3inch tires is sort of a lusted after sweet spot for my personal tastes; Then I saw the weights. 700 gram rims – 820 gram tires. That’s 1520g per wheel before hubs, spokes, nipples, rim strip, brake rotors, cassettes, and tubes. You’re looking at 2300~2800 grams (6~7lbs) per wheel. I’m not generally a weight weenie, but that’s all rotational weight where it’s felt most. 12 to 14lbs in wheels? PASS.
It is nice they’re finally committing to vertical dropouts but seriously why didn’t they do this 5 years ago with the Karate Monkey? Nope. Horizontal dropouts. So stupid.
Maybe it’s more awesome in person than it looks on paper. I’m holding off final judgment until I can get my paws on one, but I’m skeptical. I’m trying to think of a reason I wouldn’t simply buy a Pugsley or Moonlander and put 29er tires on it.
Thanks Surly for doing what no other shop has bothered to do cause common sense told them not to. Maybe something will come of it. Fingers crossed.
Here’s a review of it. Maybe it’s me but the reviewer seems like he’s being polite and doesn’t love it.