The Long Haul Trucker has been a staple of the Surly Bike line since way back in 2007. It wasn’t until 2012 that the platform was updated with a disc brake version, and since then it’s been relatively untouched. Since nothing ever stays the same, the Disc Trucker is finally getting an update. Don’t worry though, the purpose of the bike remains unchanged – only it should fit more riders better and is a little better at carrying heavy loads.
In order to offer better fit, the new Disc Trucker frame has a lower standover height along with increased stack height at the front. To do that, the top tube slopes to a shortened seat tube, and the head tube extends past the top tube to reduce the amount of spacers you’ll need to get the bar up nice and high. Since world tourers couldn’t care less about the ‘slam that stem’ aesthetic, Surly’s Truck Stop riser bars and a riser stem help to get the bars even higher.
Tire clearance on the frame has been increased which allows it to run either 26″ x 46mm or 700c x 47mm tires. With 700c x 47mm the frame even has clearance for full fenders. The geometry includes slightly shorter chainstays at 450mm to liven up the ride a b it, and 26″ wheels for smaller sizes and 700c wheels for larger sizes. The 56cm size has the option to choose either 26″ or 700c wheels.
To increase the frame’s stiffness when fully loaded, the dropouts move to 12mm thru axles front (12 x 100mm) and rear (12 x 142mm). To make wheel changes as easy as possible, one side of the dropout is the captured, threaded bit and the other side has an open slot so you can drop out the wheel without completely removing the axle.
Note that the 4130 chomoly steel ‘Natch tubing frame has moved to the flat mount disc brake standard, while still running mechanical disc brakes for easy maintenance around the globe.
The Disc Trucker was already adept at carrying cargo, but now it’s gotten even better. Three pack mounts have been added to the 4130 chromoly fork, and there is also now an internal routing option for dynamo lighting. Spoke holders have been added in case you manage to break one on the 36h rims, and there’s also an updated kickstand plate to maintain compatibility with the shortened chainstays.
In terms of spec, the Disc Trucker is still smartly equipped for lugging all your gear around the world. A 3 x 9 drivetrain with a Shimano Alivio crank with 48 x 36 x 26t chainrings and a 9 speed 11-34t cassette provides a massive range, and Surly ExtraTerrestrial ties help keep you rolling.
To be sold in Pea Lime Soup or Hi-Viz Black, the Disc Trucker will sell for $1675 complete or $725 for the frame and fork. Both the frameset and complete builds will begin shipping in Mid-July.