Surly Pugsley Fat Bikes

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InThe FatTire world,The Surly Pugsley reigns king.The Pugsley standsTall against, sand, mud, wet rocks, roots, ice, and snow.The Pugsley frame has 135mm- spaced horizontal rear- loading dropouts with a derailleur hanger, which means you can run a singlespeed or multi- speed setup. Geometry: Size 16” 18” 20” 22” Seat Tube Length 406.4 457.2 508 558 Top Tube Length 554.3 566.5 581.9 600

User Reviews (38)

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Jake   Cross Country Rider [Dec 10, 2015]
Strength:

Once I bought my Pugs, my other mountain bikes began to collect dust. The Pugs has a very stable and predictable geometry, and the Nate tires grip like crazy. The handlebar width is spot on, and the gearing is awesome (low enough for even the steepest climbs). The steel frame does a remarkable job of damping the trail chatter. Smooth ride, and I love how the bike allows me to explore new trails. The bike rips in the snow, too.

Weakness:

The weight kinda sucks, but I knew that going in. I wish the Pugs came with tubeless ready rims and tires. The rear derailleur isn't too great either. Straight head tube means no Bluto fork.

If you are on the fence about getting a fat bike, the Pugs is a great bike to start with! I love my Pugsley.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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Joe Armenti   Racer [Feb 21, 2014]
Strength:

Handles well, nice ride and just an awesome bike! Components work well even in deep snow.

Weakness:

None that I can see. The bike certainly weighs more than my road bike but because I ride in the snow and on frozen lakes, I welcome the added weight for traction.

I live in Massachusetts and originally bought the bike to have fun with and train in the winter ( I dislike trainers ) ...well this bike not only lived up to a fun training bike but it has been a workhorse when I'm out ice fishing, riding to work in snow storms ( I put 45 north studded tires on it) and just cruising in the woods. I love my Pugs ! I would recommend this versatile bike and just have fun!
Fatbike.com did a story on me and my Pugsley ice fishingon Ascomet Pond. "Fat-Biking and Ice-Fishing" ....can't wait to take it on the outer beach of Cape Cod.....Enjoy!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Leslie Choquette   [Dec 12, 2013]
Strength:

Simple but highly functional design and incredibly fun to ride!

Weakness:

Heavy

I bought a Pugsley Necromancer last winter and was able to keep riding through heavy snow, when my Epic with studded tires would have been useless. Yes, it's heavy, but once the tires (3.8" Surly Nates) get rolling, they keep rolling. The thumb shifters are smooth and the cable disk brakes work great. This bike will put a smile on your face. Buy one!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Forrest Miller   All Mountain Rider [Oct 07, 2013]
Strength:

Unbelievable fun to ride - You won't want to ride anything else once you have one!

Weakness:

Components - Trashed the original rear wheel in 500 miles - I believe LX hub, Went to a xt hub on next wheel - and it is holding up better after 2000 miles. Big chain rings don't last long and are pricey $60. Starting on my third one at 2500 miles. I am used to XTR component life ranges and sadly the MR whirly components don't come close. Also already replaced the front and rear derailer and bent the rear dropout from a bad chain suck. Upgraded all to XT. Hoping for better wear.upgraded rear tire to 120TPI nate - On my second one already due to severe puncture. Running tubeless with getto setup and orange seal.

I purchased this bike in February 2013 just about the time my 29er frame cracked. I am so amazed at the fun and adventure it has opened me up to. Snow riding in Kansas this year was amazing. I ride the Kaw river trails and now free ride up and down the river without trails. It goes virtually any where you point it and have the lags to pedal it. Handles water crossings amazingly well and sand like a snake. I received my replacement ti 29er 8 weeks latter and have barely touched the thing. I now do a lot of free riding with the Black ops pugsly set up. No trail - just ride through the woods, sand and brush where ever I want to go - very cool.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Flat-spot   [Apr 07, 2013]
Strength:

It's a fat bike
It'sone of the most fun bikes I have ever ridden
At home almost anywhere, trails, town
snow, mud.
Not as cumbersome as it looks

Weakness:

Price/value for money
Components are cheap
Powder coat
General frame quality

This Review is for the Pugsley Necromancer.

Let me start off by saying I am in no way knocking this bike and this is an honest, hypeless review based on 26 years experience of mountain bikes.
I'll start off with the frame, the frame quality is what I would expect on a bike costing around $1000, it is a steel frame and let me make this clear, if you do not use frame sealant immediately on purchase you will have surface rust inside the frame, mine had surface rust when I unboxed it inside the seat tube and bottom bracket there is always a little trace of rusty residue around the frame drainage holes. The powder coat is very easily scratched and perhaps enamel would have been a better choice of frame finish. I have tried 9 Zero 7 and Salsa frames and they are imo better quality and finsh for around the same price.
Component choice. With the exception of the shifters MWOD and BB7s (which are now obsolete) crankset the componentry is equal to that found on bikes of $400-500. This isn't to say that it's poor quality, it works well enough. The reasons for choosing BB7s for the brakes i.e. better cold performance are well known but for fast trail rides they just do not cut it and how many people will be riding this bike in temperatures low enough for mineral oil to freeze ? One thing I have noticed as I do a lot of trail and singletrack riding is that with any rotors larger than 160mm and a reasonably good set of brakes (mine are SLXs) there is quote and alarming amount of fork flex even under mild braking loads.

The ride. Ok enough of the negative points, this is one of the most fun bikes I have ridden in years, the riding position is more reminiscent of town bikes rather than mtbsand is very very natural and comfotable. It's surprisingly agile and nowhere near as hard to pedal as it may seem at first glance. The same trails and singletracks which would be a breeze in a cold clinical way on my more modern machines become technical playgrounds. This bike has something that it is rare to fnd in a modern bike and that is character. It will encourage you to go places you wouldn't ordinarily consider on a 'normal' mtb, snow, mud , sand. Ok it won't ride over eveything and the float with the stock 3.7s is only really good enough for groomed trails or snow with a really really good crust but is guaranteed it will put a smile on your face that is hard to wipe off. On trails With decent tyre pressure, around 18-22psi around town and on cycle paths it is a laid back cruiser that is so relaxed to ride that when you ineveitably get passed by faster skinnier bikes you tend to think, hey just slooow down man, or maybe that's just me. On faster smoother fire roads type riding after a bit of experimentaion you can drift that baby like a Nissan Skyline. I can say with my hand on my heart that in the months since getting the Necromancer that my other bikes, all 7 of them have not been ridden.
As you can see my biggest gripes are with the price and quality of the bike not the performance, and if you do buy this bike you will upgrade the brakes at least, so far I've changed, brakes and bars and saddle and for the price point I would expect to upgrade something when it wears out not because it is not good enogh for the intended purpose in the case of the brakes..
Surly/QBP are going to be facing some stiff competition now that some of the big names in the industry are starting to sit up and take notice and better specced better value bikes will be available before long which will take spotlight away from Surly. What once was a niche market is becoming a mass market.

The fat bike is imo going to be the biggest revolution in everyday cycling since the mountain bike and don't be surprised if in 2 or 3 years you see them everywhere.

My excuses for the long review but it's rare that I'm compelled to write one but this bike and fat bikes have really put passion back into my cycling and although there are issues it really is anyone who considers themselves a cyclist shoud try

Similar Products Used: Salsa Mukluk (tested)
9 Zero 7 (tested)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
sagealmighty   Cross Country Rider [Jan 22, 2013]
Strength:

Handles sand and packed snow ease. It also works very well on regular mtn bike trails.

Weakness:

A little heavy. This bike requires a somewhat strong rider to power it.

I have owned my pugsley for a little over a year now. I have nothing but good things to say about it. It makes riding in snow, sand, and other conditions where conventional mtn bikes struggle very easy. The nice thing is that it is not a one trick pony. It does stereotypical fat bike types of riding as well as conventional off road mtn biking. It may not have as much float as a moonlander but it works pretty well in all soft conditions. the only place it struggles is is soft snow the is deep and unpacked. the fat tires roll over everything. This is due to the high amounts of traction plus the tires ability to absorb small bumps. This also helps the bike climb better. The front wheel is not thrown around by rocks the way one is on a regular mtb. The bike also has good geometry. It rides very stable and somewhat upright but at the same time it is aggressive enough to handle regular single track trails with speed. The bike felt odd for the first few rides but once I became experienced riding it the handling feels very natural. The bike has a tendency to want to "self steer" when leaning around turns. this can take some getting used to but doesn't hurt the handling of the bike.

The other nice thing about the bike is the components included with the complete build. Overall I have to say they are solid. The bearings on the rear hub can sometimes come loose but this is not an issue as long as they are checked and adjusted. but other than that everything is solid this is one of few bikes that I have bought where the stock wheels are staying true with no adjustments. Overall nothing flashy but they work when in tune.

On the whole I have to say this may be one of the most versatile bikes ever made. aside from downhill and freeride this bike can handle just about anything. I would recommend it to anyone who considers them self a serious cyclist.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
coldbike   Cross Country Rider [Jun 06, 2012]
Strength:

Great value
Inexpensive
Uses reasonably common parts
Rolls over most things

Weakness:

Heavy
Handles a bit like a tractor

As a snow and sand bike, the pugsley is competent due to its 66mm rims and 3.7 inch tires. It has clearance for even bigger wheels and tires although drive train modifications are necessary.
Where the Pugsley really shines, is as a general purpose mountain bike. With a relatively conventional mountain geometry, and the pugsley's huge wheels that roll over obstacles with ease, the pugsley is well suited to bikepacking and general mountain riding. The reliability of matching front and rear wheels gives extra confidence for long rides.
When the trail makes a turn uphill, the pugsley digs in and offers extraordinary traction in the rear without launching the front wheel skyward. The 38 pound weight of the stock pugsley means that long climbs can be difficult, but the big wheels track straight and don't get knocked off track easily.

Similar Products Used: Salsa Mukluk
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
chubbyone   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2012]
Strength:

Amazing bike, and more than capable on ANY trail.

Weakness:

Some of your friends may make fun of you if your tires are positively correlated to your waist size :)

This is my first real mountain bike. I work in a shop and could have gone in any direction on the cheap, but decided to be different. So glad I did. I sold a road bike in the fall to fund my "winter fun bike", well winter never came this year and I barely road my pugs. I even had it on the classifieds here at one point. My mentality completely changed the first time I took it to some actual MTB trails. This bike is truly inspiring in its capability. I have no regrets anymore on this purchase. If you are wondering at all if this is the bike for you, just go get it. Every review mentions smiling for a reason, it's pure fun. I experienced mountain biking for the first time ever on a fat bike, and I wouldn't change it. It's forgiving in line choice, climbs great as long as your legs can keep pushing, traction for days, and pisses your full suspension friends off when you can go places they can't!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
kbutler1   [Apr 24, 2012]
Strength:

Fit and finish is top notch.
Components are really nice.
Rolls over anything in the way.

Weakness:

None so far

Just got this bike a few weeks ago and have taken it out a couple times on the trails. I usually ride a Felt Trail Nine 29er with front suspension so this was a little change up in hitting the trails. The bike worked beautifully and I had a total blast. There wasn't anything on the Pug that I couldn't do compared to my 29er. Haven't used in the snow yet but am looking forward to it in the winter. Additionally, people LOVE this bike and always stop to ask about it if they haven't seen one before.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bill Sandmann   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2012]
Strength:

It is a Tank..

Weakness:

Pulls in the turns. Mainly to the right it seems, possibly due to the wheel offset? But you get used to it pretty fast.

I laughed, I cried, I said "this is only awesome" 10 times in a row..all within the first 5 minutes of pushing off. Don't get me wrong I was skeptical on my way to demo it. Being a connoisseur of fast single track with my Stumpy 29'r hardtail (which I still love,) surely I was going to hate something twice as heavy and with the drag of a 4" tire. Buddy, I stand before you today a humbled man. The Pugsley absolutely rocks the trail. Wet, snow, sand, loose gravel/dirt even dry this thing rolls through it like a monster truck tearing through a parking lot filled with Toyota Prius's. Though the Stumpy is still my go to ride, as soon as I click into the Pug, I grin from ear to ear and and start singing Rage's Guerrilla radio "ALL HELL CAN'T STOP US NOW!" Love it..

Similar Products Used: Similar to the Pugsley? Those bulldozers they use to pull log's off the side of mountains..
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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