The Surly Disk Trucker Stacks Up


A long – awaited day came with the delivery of my new Surly Disk Trucker.   Having ridden the Salsa Vaya and taken a peek at two other bikes including the Marin Tour and a Novara Randonee the decision was clear for me.  Two main factors for me were top tube length and the stock Avid BB7 disk brakes on the Disk Trucker.  A Marin Tour can be easily adapted for disk brakes, but has a shorter top tube.  My torso and chest are long enough to make the case for the .

In case you want one, any bike shop with a QBP account can order a Surly bicycle.  Although I took a look at a Disk Trucker downtown, my trusty nearby bike shop is also quite the competitor and will not lose a sale based on price.  One of my first rules is; take care of your local area bike shop for the best service.  You can’t go wrong buying locally.   Another guidepost for gear is; “buy the best you can afford”.  This has always worked for me.

The good proprietor at AJs Cyclery also did me a little better turn by matching the best bike price, and discounted accessories to beat the competition downtown.  That said, it was a matter of getting the bike order in along with the accessories I still needed to complete the touring bike.  These included the Garmin 500 and a Surly back Nice Rack as I already have the front rack as seen on my first blog entry.  You might remember how I loaded up the old Bridgestone RB2 and decided the whole idea warranted purchase of a real touring bike.

Delivery day came, and I took the virgin out for a ride as soon as possible.  The Disk Trucker shifts smoothly and takes long hills with speed I found difficult to keep with my road bike.  The Disk Trucker’s gearing has been well engineered to take the steepest climbs.  I love it!

When the time came to install the Surly Nice racks it was a matter of making good use of their instructions and a nice supply of stainless steel hardware.

While installing the Surly Nice racks on my Disk Trucker was rather easy,

I will agree with the Surly instructions regarding the front rack, as it is not a fast installation.
It takes a little while to select your angles and decide which of the hardware you want to use.  Once mated,  the bike and racks look like a perfect match.   Leaving room for the front wheel to come off required the addition of a spacer not accounted for in the parts provided, so I adapted by using several small stainless nuts and everything worked perfectly well.

  1. Serge Beaudry said:

    What kind of saddle are you using on your Disk Trucker?

    • thebicycletourist said:

      The saddle is a Brooks B17.
      – Please accept my apologies for not managing this blog for a while. Stuff happened. Now there’s time for more fun!

  2. Craig said:

    Great post! Not too much out there on the Disc Trucker yet, so I appreciated this. I’m thinking of setting up mine just like this – Already have the rear rack. I’m wondering if you can show me a picture of your front fork with all the spacers and stuff. How many did you use at each mount? What additional stuff did you use? Also, have you tried to put fenders on yet?

    Thanks so much!

    • thebicycletourist said:

      It has been a while… ‘so sorry about that. How do you like your Disk Trucker? I hope everything worked out for you.

  3. Veiko said:

    Nice bike! What is the frame size and total weight with thoes racks?

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