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    Went for a ride a couple weeks ago in Mohican State Park in Ohio. Forgot my camera, but hand my cell phone. I got some interesting responses to having racks, pannier and frame bag. A couple puzzled looks and a few "hey, that's a cool bike" comments. It was cold in the morning and warmed up some later, so I brought space for clothes and extra water (trail for me could have been almost 5 hrs to complete and I need lots of water).

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    Just got my new frame bag today, gearing up for some overnight trips!

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    civilized troll

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    Nice BCE!
    I got one at Xmas for my Troll and luv it.
    (Just as long I don't get hit by a side wind on the road.........LOL)
    Glad I went for the full frame bag!

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    civilized troll
    Your teasing, I'd like to see some detail photos, the rear dropouts, TT-ST-CS jucture etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Your teasing, I'd like to see some detail photos, the rear dropouts, TT-ST-CS jucture etc.
    I will get some more pics up tomorrow.

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    had a troll, wanted something exotic and tried the on-one lurcher, but still love the troll!

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    had a troll, wanted something exotic and tried the on-one lurcher, but still love the troll!
    What rim have you got that 2.4 tire on? It looks massive.
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    those are velocity p35s. they are called that quite a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactus View Post
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    had a troll, wanted something exotic and tried the on-one lurcher, but still love the troll!
    Big tires on a rigid bike look awesome (short of going the full fatty route).
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Don't think I've posted this here.

    Surly Troll Racked

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    Holy smokes, my Troll keeps wanting to change. Actually I've shod my Troll with some road going shoes cause I've got some health issues and have to take it easy . Didn't want to wear out my my knobby tires if I ever get back on the dirt and I had these tires laying around from a previous project that flopped.

    Oh yeah, I made the bag on the front for my first real sewing project. Works out great although a little big looking. I wanted it to be able to carry a 1L Platypus soft bottle to go longer distances when I get there.

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    Hi guys, I'm considering getting a Troll and I wonder what size would you recommend to me?

    I'm 6'1+1/2" (187,8cm).
    I was thinking of getting 20".

    This would be my do-it-all-around-bike .

    Thanks for any input.
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    Would the Karate Monkey or Orge be a better option for a taller person?

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    dkoor: I'd think 20" would be the right size for you. FWIW, I'm 180cm with slightly short legs and am waiting for my 18" frame to arrive. I'll be using it for off-road touring and want plenty of standover clearance. Also, I'm pretty light and doubt I'd be able to get enough weight on the front wheel with the larger frame, but that's just me.

    rku615: It depends on whether you want 29" wheels or not...

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    What I like about the Troll is that there is an option to run 650B! There is so much talk about 26" going obsolete, which I doubt will happen.

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    ^ 27" wheels and tires have not come on any new bike since about 1985, and some spares are still available. 26" isn't going to go away any time soon! And if you go to places like India, 29" does not exist at all, let alone 650B. Here in Oz, 29" has only just started to appear in shops in the last year or so, and 650B not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satanas View Post
    dkoor: I'd think 20" would be the right size for you. FWIW, I'm 180cm with slightly short legs and am waiting for my 18" frame to arrive. I'll be using it for off-road touring and want plenty of standover clearance. Also, I'm pretty light and doubt I'd be able to get enough weight on the front wheel with the larger frame, but that's just me.

    rku615: It depends on whether you want 29" wheels or not...
    Thanks!

    Previously I rode this bike:

    Aspect 60 - SCOTT Sports

    In size L !

    I admit it was too small for me, one size bigger would be much better.
    Then again, Scott Aspect XL size has 600mm effective (horizontal) top tube and 20" Troll has 616mm so I guess I can't really go wrong with 20" Troll.
    It would be my bike for everything but fitness like activities for which I have my road bike.

    Still I like to hear what people think

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    Sexiest Troll I've ever seen! Did you send it somewhere to have it chromed? What's the story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gritter View Post
    Sexiest Troll I've ever seen! Did you send it somewhere to have it chromed? What's the story?
    Hi Gritter, wheres all your sexy Ogre pics? Any chance of a link for some building inspiration?
    That Troll does look the business though doesn't it.

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    My Troll, Wu-Tang, set up for its latest outing. Sporting the new bikepacking setup with handlebar roll by Revelate Designs and frame packs by Greg Wheelwright of Bolder Bikepacking. Note that no backpack is required with this setup - 3 water bottles = 74 oz of water capacity, and the bags hold the rest of my stuff for an overnighter, or even for longer. The front-heavy load isn't optimal for singletrack (neither are the slick tires of course) but this was a road tour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gritter View Post
    Sexiest Troll I've ever seen! Did you send it somewhere to have it chromed? What's the story?
    I had a old Raleigh Phase 2 bike with a broke frame but some pretty good parts on it. It sat in my parts bin for awhile. Browsing Bicycle Times one day I decided I wanted a Troll frame for a town bike. Got the frame and hated the orange stock color and had a local hot rod shop send it off to be chromed. By the time the LBS was done swapping parts all I was able to use were the drivetrain, wheels and brakes. I ended up going way over budget on what I would thought it would take to build this bike. Regardless Im very happy with the results. Here is an updated pic. I don't think there is anything left to do to it.

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    Hi, new Troll guy here. Scored a used but as-new 18-incher from a Portland area bike mechanic.

    Oh is it sweet! And so much fun! The derelict purple color is absolutely ridiculous, perfectly suited to this bike.

    Done about 150 miles in the past week. Still sitting with its stock Surly complete build kit for a couple more weeks while I sess it out.

    Mostly been on-road and bombing around town so far. Some short excursions off-road lead me to the impression that it could be set up better for trail use. The way it is now (80mm stem and the no-rise "Open Bar"), the front end of the bike tends to "plow" somewhat, digging into golf-ball sized rock beds rather than floating over them. Also seems not so amenable to lofting the front end to get over obstacles.

    So some mods to stem and/or bars may be called for. Otherwise: good stuff all around!

    Pics coming soon....

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