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