Who the heck needs 13-speed when you’ve got a fully rigid singlespeed klunker with 26×3.0in tyres?
That’s how we feel about Surly’s Lowside – a bike that is basically the antithesis of almost everything else on show at Eurobike. For a start, this bike doesn’t have a motor, a battery, or any other electrics of any kind. There’s no carbon fibre frame, and there’s definitely no 3D printed components. You certainly won’t find a complex suspension design, ramp control, or a linkage fork. As for gears? Well, even Dan from Surly was genuinely surprised (and perhaps a little bit disgusted) to hear about Rotor’s new 1×13 drivetrain, which was being shown off in a booth about 50m away from the Surly stand.
Nope, the Surly Lowside has none of the gizmos and gadgets – this bike is about as pure and simple as it gets.
Using a 4130 chromoly steel frame and rigid fork, the Lowside is a hark back to Surly’s original 1×1 Rat Ride from ’98. Basically a bike that’s designed for riding wherever the day decides to take you, from singletrack to dirt jumps to pub jaunts to the skate park.
The complete bike comes setup as a 1×1 mountain bike with Surly’s own 26+ Dirt Wizard tyres, though it’ll also take 27.5×2.8in wheels and tyres. It has loads of adaptability beyond wheelsize too; you can fit a 100mm suspension fork, a dropper post, and the frame is derailleur ready – both the front and rear varieties.
Overall it’s a pretty low-bullshit bike. There’s external cable routing for the brakes (and gears if you put ’em on), a threaded bottom bracket shell, and proper press-fit headset cups. Throw in those aggressive Dirt Wizard tyres and humungous 820mm wide bars, it looks like a big ol’ bag of fun to us.
Surly Lowside Features
- 26+ rigid pub-compatible mountain bike
- Surly 4130 cromoly steel frame & fork
- Ready for 26×3.0in or 27×2.8in tyres
- 0mm rear travel
- 0mm fork rigid fork (though you can fit a 100mm travel suspension fork if you want)
- 70° head angle
- 74° seat angle
- 425mm chainstay length
- 73mm English threaded bottom bracket
- Gnot Boost 145mm hub spacing will accommodate 142x12mm and 148x12mm hubs
- Sliding horizontal dropouts
- Reach: 414mm (XS), 429mm (S), 445mm (M), 461mm (L), 477mm (XL)
- Dropper post & front mech ready
- Available sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large & X-Large
What do you guys think of the Surly Lowside? Not enough gears and suspension for you? Or is this pure and simple fun? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!