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Friday, February 21, 2014

Surly’s New Fatty! – Ice Cream Truck

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Some time back in December on a brutally cold  night, I had the good fortune to take one of the Ice Cream Truck (ICT) prototypes for a short spin. It was during that trip to the Twin Cities that Tyler from Surly hatched a plan for former World Bantamweight Pugsley World Champion and Bike Black Ribbon Society Imperial Gnommander, Colin Ford and I to go for a ride, drink some beer and collect some pixels to share of their new bike. That plan came to fruition just yesterday.
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There was some talk of Tyler and Engineer Designer, Andy Skoglund, coming to Milwaukee to do a photo shoot, but in the end, we met up at QBP  in the Twin Cities, just before Q’s big dealer show that they call Frostbike, where the ICT will be officially introduced. We met up at Q-HQ and rode, right from there, down to the River Bottoms. We were joined by one of Surly’s original gangsters David Gray…..just the cat that designed the Pugsley. Colin and Tyler rode brand new production model, Ice Cream Trucks, and Andy, Dave and I rode protos.
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The ICT is Surly’s first symmetrical fat bike and the hub spacing is 190/197mm centered. (MDS dropouts allow either 197 12mm thru-axle or 190mm QR). The ICT has no problem swallowing Bud and Lou mounted on Clownshoes. This new Surly features a custom steel tube-set and uses a 100mm press fit bottom bracket to allow for wider stays and less bb flex. The ICT has a Krampus inspired front geometry that sets it apart from the Moonlander or Pugsley. It’s a stiffer fat-bike, with a much more playful geometry.
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The Ice Cream Truck will come as a complete bike or a frame and fork. Sizes run from XS-XXL (14” thru 22” long ((there’s an XL (22” and an XXL 22” long)). MSRP for the new Ice Cream Truck –  ICT = $2700 - ICT Ops = $2450 – Frameset = $850 (includes  fork)
We’ll have a more details on the the Ice Cream Truck down the road, so stay tuned.

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