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    Surly Troll

    Saw one today. Is it normal for a grown man with grandchildren to fall in love with an inanimate object? I have only been cycling since May and don't ride off road....yet. But man, I WANT one!
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    Looks a useful bike. Its geometry is similar to that of my Thorn Nomad expedition tourer, which, like the Troll, will take a Rohloff hub and, if you want, suspension forks. If you want a go-anywhere, do-anything bike, it's a pretty good choice. Not exactly sporty, though...
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    The capacity to fall in love, no matter the age, is crucial to health and well being.

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    Now that looks like a nice bike. Why not fall in love with an inanimate object? Well, cold hard steel is a bit different than warm SOs, subjectively speaking.
    Last edited by rubic; 07-04-12 at 03:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    Looks a useful bike. Its geometry is similar to that of my Thorn Nomad expedition tourer, which, like the Troll, will take a Rohloff hub and, if you want, suspension forks. If you want a go-anywhere, do-anything bike, it's a pretty good choice. Not exactly sporty, though...
    At 58 I'm not exactly sporty either!
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    Link for those who can't find it: http://surlybikes.com/bikes/troll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    Link for those who can't find it: http://surlybikes.com/bikes/troll
    The one I saw today had racks front and back. The guy said he'd toured all over Texas on it and no problems fully loaded. He had a Surly LHT and a Cross Check too. He said he sold the LHT because the Troll was more fun to tour on.
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    Looks like a fun and versatile bike, but I'd probably go for the Ogre with its 29er wheels.
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    When I first read the title of this thread I just saw Troll, not the entire context for sure. I couldn't figure out why someone would be a troll for liking Surly bicycles. I'd agree with the sentiment that inanimate bicycle objects are easily fallen in live with, especially for we 50+ males

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    The Troll is actually based on the Surly 1x1 frame. It's somewhere in between a 1x1 and a LHT.

    My next bike purchase is most likely going to be another Surly, I'm going it to polar opposite choices at the moment though. I'd like to do some touring and I'd also like to do some pretty radical off road riding, so my two choices at the moment are either a Pugsley or an LHT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamingAlong View Post
    The Troll is actually based on the Surly 1x1 frame. It's somewhere in between a 1x1 and a LHT.

    My next bike purchase is most likely going to be another Surly, I'm going it to polar opposite choices at the moment though. I'd like to do some touring and I'd also like to do some pretty radical off road riding, so my two choices at the moment are either a Pugsley or an LHT.
    I'd suggest that the Troll might meet both your needs. I recently read a review by someone who used one for off-road touring, it seemed to perform extremely well.

    EDIT: Here's the review. The OP might find it useful, too.
    Last edited by chasm54; 07-05-12 at 07:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    I'd suggest that the Troll might meet both your needs. I recently read a review by someone who used one for off-road touring, it seemed to perform extremely well.

    EDIT: Here's the review. The OP might find it useful, too.
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    My Surly LHT with Nitto mustache bars (similar to the bars on the Troll but the angle is different) is a great all-around bike. It's not my choice for a "fast" group ride, but a great commuter and a very easy climber. I haven't done any touring (yet). That said, that Troll is aptly named... I recall my 'Troll' doll from the 60s with flaming orange hair, LOL.
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    It is perfectly normal for a grown man to fall in love with an inanimate object.

    The moment I first laid eyes on my CLK350 I fell in love with it.

    And when I saw my Colnago C59 (PR99 color scheme) it was love at first sight.

    Now the two of them happily reside at my home.

    So yes, it is totally possible; and not only possible, but also healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasplumr View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamingAlong View Post
    +1
    Just won a new Steamroller frame on Ebay to upgrade my Fixie. Can't wait to get it.

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    It is Orange ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    It is Orange ..
    Yeah. Funny how some manufacturers like distinctive, not to say garish, colours. My Thorn Nomad comes in two colours, black or lemon yellow. I'm afraid I wimped out and took the black one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    Yeah. Funny how some manufacturers like distinctive, not to say garish, colours. My Thorn Nomad comes in two colours, black or lemon yellow. I'm afraid I wimped out and took the black one...
    You are not alone. The only reason that I chose black is because I really didn't like the other color option, which was an off-white color. I don't regret the choice.

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