So we decided to build the ultimate on/off road tourer. With an off road excursion in Morocco in December planned it was time to build up the bike for a shakedown trip in Scotland.
We chose to use a Surly Troll as the foundation for the build, when the cockroaches rule the Earth there will still be the Surly Troll
- the apocalypse frameset.
We sent the frame off to Bob Jacksons in Leeds to have some S&S couplings fitted, next followed a desert sand powdercoat, a fitting colour for it's intended destination
The wheelset was built using a Rohloff hub laced into Velocity Blunt 35's with an SP Dynamo front hub for lighting and charging duties.
This was also an excuse to try out the new Cinq 5 Rohloff trigger shifters with the
rather neat click box.
For charging electronics we've been using the Plug III which is a neat solution for mounting a USB charger, this coupled with the SP Dynamo front hub and USE Revo light seem to fulfil all our requirements.
Other finishing kit was a mixture of tried and tested components including Middleburn chainset, Thomson seatpost, Jones Loop bars and a rather comfy Brooks Cambium C15 saddle.
Final touches were some custom stickers from Gil naming it the Travellin' Trolloff and some Apidura luggage for carrying all our gear.
We'll post some pictures from it's shakedown trip to Scotland.
Look out for long term reports of the Cinq shifters and Plug III too.