While many fat bikes are slowly fading into obscurity, a few are continuing to thrive. Surly has always been one of the OG brands when it comes to the fattest tires, and their latest incarnation of the Ice Cream Truck continues that trend.

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Even though none of the QBP tire brands currently have a tire big enough, the new ICT bumps up tire clearance to a massive 5.125″ on 100mm rims. That means there will be plenty of room for the Vee Snow Shoe 2XL, or the new Terrene Johnny 5 (more on this one soon).

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EB18: Surly Ice Cream Truck fat bike gets fatter with new trail oriented geometry

What’s more impressive is that Surly added this amount of tire clearance while actually shortening the chainstays by a full 10mm. In order to make it all work, the frame runs a 100mm threaded bottom bracket shell which requires cranks with chainline and q-factor numbers for 197mm hubs. The frames are still 1x or 2x compatible with Race Face cranks for 1x or Surly OD cranks for a 2x drivetrain. The frame also now features a kinked seat tube to keep everything clear.

Out back, the Surly Universal Cast dropout allows for 197 x 12mm thru axles or 190 x 10mm QR axles to be used. Like their other bikes, the thru axle hubs can be removed vertically, though the QR hubs have to be removed horizontally.

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The frame still runs a suspension corrected rigid fork with three pack mounts plus mid blade rack mounts. You’ll also find stealth dropper post routing should you want to build this into a true trail fat bike.

EB18: Surly Ice Cream Truck fat bike gets fatter with new trail oriented geometry

Sold in four sizes in “Plutoniuam Sparkle Green”, the complete bikes will sell for $1999 around mid-August.

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8 COMMENTS

    • The new XL is longer reach than the old XXL, I know as i have an XXL. I wish they did steeper seat angles though. Put the seat right up and you end up too far back, especially if you add a suspension fork and slacken it off a degree further.

      • The thing about comparing the old and new reach measurement is that they have probably shortened the stem on the bike and steepened the seat tube angle (maybe no ST change is this case – 73*) so that the saddle to bar distance is the same as the old model. I don’t know if that is exactly the case here, but on most new mountain bikes that’s what is happening. A large still fits the same size person, but the dimensions of the frame have changed while still providing the same touch point placement as older bikes.

        • The whole point of regular Stack and Reach figures is that they are describe just the frame, allowing you to compare different frames. There is a Stem Reach figure but for that you need to know stem length + angle , and headset + spacer height. When companies give a Reach figure they give it for just the frame.

        • Saddle to bar reach is set by rider preference for comfort and trail control, but people should be putting the saddle in the right place for them first, irrespective of what angel the seat tube is. Thats why saddle rails are rails. Given the bike has the same purpose 2017 vs 2018, you would put the saddle in the same place on both, and then just put the right length stem on for your preferred stretch.

          FYI the 2017 Surly XXL had a 100mm stem, the 2019 XL has a 90mm, but the 2019 frame is 5mm longer, so total difference is 5mm shorter in 2019. This is why going off the sticker for chosing a bike size is a waste of time (and results in a bike that doesnt fit you).

  1. For that price, a carbon Salsa Beargrease can be had with full SRAM NX instead of a shimano/raceface/sram mix. Surly needs to step it up and create a product that is new, relevant, and enticing. I would love to see them finally commit to thru-axles and a more condensed model line. And ffs, put some pricing on your website!!

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