|Finally! They went and did THIS!|
Surly has remained that company for the most part. They do not cotton to "model years". They change spec and colors whenever they flow with their supply chain. (Much to the chagrin, at times, to their fan base.) They update features when it makes sense to do that. But more importantly, they make stuff when the mainstream bike companies won't consider doing that. Still.
The Big Dummy cargo bike is such a rig. Fisher took a stab at the cargo bike, and Kona offers one, but neither did it before Surly did it. Now look what they did...... They made it a fat bike too. Don't hold your breath for a Trek or Specialized version of this to come out. And maybe that's for the best.
For all the super-nerdy details on this rig, see Surly's blog post here. Get ready to burn a half an hour.......or more.
|An example of the activity you might get involved in by exposing yourself to a Big Fat Dummy|
Well, however that worked out, they did it. The bike everyone that owned a fat bike and a Big Dummy had thought about. A steel, fat tire capable cargo bike. It takes the biggest fat tires out there now, if you are willing to compromise on drive train range a bit. It can handle up to a 100mm suspension device up front. It has a completely new, better frame than the current Big Dummy has. Stiffer, more capable to ride over stuff. It can even handle 29+ tires and wheels. It is even dropper post compatible. Don't laugh. If you've ever tried to mount a fully loaded Big Dummy, a dropper post makes a ton of sense. Call it a parking setting post. Then it maybe it becomes more clear as to why that might be.
So, I have a Big Dummy. Would I get one of these?
Having never ridden this beast, here's my reaction to the thing at this point in light of my experiences with the Big Dummy.
|This is my Big Dummy|
- Totally redesigned frame which is stiffer, has through axles, and new geometry for easier roll over of curbs, etc.
- Suspension fork compatibility. I have Bluto fat bike suspension fork which would be perfect on this bike.
- Fat tire capability. I would have a Winter set of tires and a Summer, smoother treaded set.
- Tubeless rims. Natch.
- Dropper post compatibility. A brilliant idea for this bike. They are not just for drop offs and gnarly terrain.
The new Big Fat Dummy would increase my capabilities a touch, but at the price of $2950.00USD it would also cost me a lot more.Value gained per dollars spent would be minimal in my case, but for anyone that isn't in to a fat bike and needs a lifestyle/car replacement bicycle, this would be on top of my list.
Okay- Now it is speculation time: Sometimes you can glean little nuggets from press releases and historical performances of certain companies. Surly is no different in this regard.
Surly mention the following in their blog post about the tire capabilities of the Surly Big Fat Dummy: "Like stated earlier, you are good to go up to 26x5.25” in the Big Fat Dummy."
Wait...... No one makes a fat bike tire in that size. Yet.
Let's say Surly has a bigger, badder fat bike tire up their sleeve. Wait....... They don't make a bicycle that can fit that big of a tire. Yet.
Hmm..... Maybe there is something else I could really use coming up........