Some supposed pro photographer got pics of the unreleased Ghost Grappler on his local trail system. Viral marketing? Actual lucky find of a Surly prototype in the wild?
Some cat in the comments over at reddit r/xbiking:
"Advent X, BB7's, a "middle of the road" number of fork pimples (at least compared to other surly forks), no top tube mount bolts, but 3 bottle cages. 36t single ring (I think, but could be 38. looks to be close to the max whatever it is) Probably a 73mm bb shell given how wide the chainstays are."
PDKL45: 29er rear and 27.5+ front? Reverse mullet?
From that Tweet:
"I went to a local mountain bike trail today to practice my mountain bike photography. As luck would have it, I stumbled across some folks from Surly/QBP doing their own photoshoot. Not wanting to interfere, I walked past and found a corner I liked a few bends down the trail and waited for bikes to start rolling by. As I was shooting in that location, the Surly crew rolled past a few times and I snapped some shots just like I did for anyone else and eventually they set up for another shoot a ways down the trail from where I was. Again, I ignored what they were doing and focused on what I had come there to do.
After 25 minutes of being in that spot, which I chose when they were completely out of my line of sight, one of their riders approached and asked me not to shoot a particular bike because they hadn't released it yet. I knew I was well within my rights, but I didn't want to start ****, so I started making my way out. When I got to my car, I was confronted by another Surly employee who attempted to intimidate me out of sharing any of the photos I took by saying he had my license plate number and that they "knew where to find" me. I told them that I hadn't done anything wrong and that I wasn't concerned about the threat and attempted to leave. When I attempted to leave, that Surly employee laid his bike down behind my car and said that he "had to move his van," I assume the intent was to block me with the van, but he relented when I suggested that if I couldn't get out, I'd have to continue taking pictures.
I told him I would happily enter into an NDA or an exclusive licensing deal for the photos if they really wanted to keep it secret, but he wasn't interested.
Shame on Surly for coming to a town over 2 hours away from their HQ and attempting to push around a local enthusiast in a public park. It also seems incredibly off-brand to take such an approach. I own two Surlys and have sold many more, but I'm done after this ****. It's too bad, too, because this looks like the sort of thing that would be right up my alley.
I didn't get too good a look at it up close, but it appears to have plus tires, and they may be different rim diameters. I originally thought it was lens distortion, but zooming in on the rims, it's clear that they are at least different widths and profiles front and rear.
Maybe I got reverse psychologied into giving them free advertising, but **** Surly."