Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Surly Pacer

The 2012 Surly Pacer is "sparkleboogie blue."  Sharp. Courtesy: Surly.

The Surly Pacer, available as a complete bike for MSRP $1175, or as a frameset for MSRP $465.

The Pacer has always stood out as an all-purpose steel road bike, especially in this era of carbon fiber racing machines, but three things about the 2012 Pacer caught my attention.

First, it's available as a complete bike now, not just as a frameset. That makes it more accessible to wider range of bike buyers.

Second, the 2012 model takes wider tires than previous Pacers. It will take a 32 mm tire, or 28 mm with fenders.

Third, I couldn't help but notice Surly's catchy slogan: "The Pacer reminds us, quietly, that there is a road bike out there for the rest of us." 

Here are the specs:

Frame: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG welded.

Fork: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Lugged and brazed. 1 1/8" threadless steer tube, uncut

Crankset: Andel RSC2 , RSC2-217XR. 34/50t. Silver

Bottom bracket: Shimano UN-54, 68 x 110mm. Square taper interface

Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra , FD4600. 28.6mm clamp

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra, RD4600-SS.

Silver Cog or Cogset: Shimano Tiagra , CS-4600. 12-28t

Chain: SRAM PC-1071 , 10-speed. Silver

Headset: Cane Creek 40 , 1-1/8" threadless. Black

Brakes: Tektro R358 , Dual pivot. Standard reach (47-57mm). Silver

Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano Tiagra , ST4600

Stem: KALLOY AS-008 , 26.0mm bar clamp. Silver

Handlebar: Salsa MotoAce Short and Shallow , Silver

Saddle: WTB SST Comp , Steel rails. Black vinyl.

Seatpost: Kalloy SP-342 , 27.2mm. 350mm. Black

Extras: Surly stainless steel post clamp, Cushy cork bar tape

Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra , Shimano Tiagra HB4600. 32h. Silver

Rear Hub: Shimano Tiagra , FH4600. 32h. 130mm O.L.D. Silver Rims Alex R390 , 32h. Black

Tires: Continental Ultra Sport , 28mm. Steel bead. Black

Sizes: 42, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62

Braze-ons: Single fender eyelets front and rear, dual water bottle mounts, and pump peg (54cm and larger)


Anonymous said...

Boooring! Whys is this type of non-utilitarian bike reviewd on this site?

Tara said...

I'd say there's a lot of utility in getting me from A to Z in a comfortable but zippy way.

I do wish more bike manufacturers would consider having mixte options. The lower tube top is also more utilitarian -- easier to get on/off, especially if you've got the bike loaded.

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TurbineDog said...

Nice bike, but such a shame about yet another threadless headset.

Anonymous said...

Turbine is absolutely right about threadless headsets. They are worthless if you want to get the bars up. Thank goodness Rivendell makes bikes that take threaded steerers.

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