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    Hey guys! I noticed quite a number of Trolls with longish steerer tubes. I'm going to get a Troll soon & would like to know if there's a rule of thumb in cutting (or not cutting) the Troll's steerer tube. What would be the ideal length to give me options in stem & handlebar placement?

    I don't know if this is relevant but i will be getting an 18" Troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowlybutsurly View Post
    cutting (or not cutting) the Troll's steerer tube. What would be the ideal length to give me options in stem & handlebar placement?
    Don't cut it at all if you want options in stem and bar placement. Just put spacers above your stem.

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    My simple troll 650b...
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    I like the purple!

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    And there is our example of a steer tube cut too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    And there is our example of a steer tube cut too short.
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    If it fits you, then it rocks. Besides, not like it is a $700 fox, replacement forks are cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan ss View Post
    Just installed OMM Sherpa racks and Ortlieb Plus rollers. Everything fits together great. The bike handles really well with a full load, even with the front panniers a little higher than they would be with lowriders. The front fender is off as shown, but it fits. I'll post additional photos soon.

    How did you fix the ortlieb front on your old montain sherpa???

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    Quote Originally Posted by island-radler View Post
    How did you fix the ortlieb front on your old montain sherpa???
    It just hooks on like on any rack...no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan ss View Post
    It just hooks on like on any rack...no difference.
    Could you send me a picture from a mounted Ortlieb front roller?
    I really can't fix the bag safelySurly Troll-p1040239.jpgSurly Troll-2012-09-23_15.30.19.jpg

    Thanks for any other advices!!

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    I'll look at my set up and let you know.

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    I'm not sure why you are having problems, the mounts on the Ortlieb bags are movable.

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    The current Ortlieb QL2 system is probably the most adjustable pannier mounting system out there. You can get those to fit... you'll just have to get out your instruction manual and read about how to do it.

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    Favor from Troll owners

    I have a quick favor to ask of a Troll owner: if anyone out there has a 22" frame, could you post a picture with the seat height set to 32.25" (measured from BB center along the seat tube to the top of the seat)? I'm trying to get an idea of how the frame would look set up for me.

    Thanks!

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    Marys Peak

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    Top of Marys Peak, just outside Corvallis, OR. I was able to to see the ocean to the west and Bachelor, Sisters, Jefferson and Hood to the east. Now to find a logging road that can connect the coast to the cascades. hmmmm

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    Just curious-- what camera for that shot? I'm in the midst of searching for something pocketable, for rides without baggage.

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    Good ol iPhone. Very grainy because of applied filter but it does the trick without having to take along any other gear.

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    Thanks. That's pretty impressive. Sadly, I'm an Android user, and the cameras rarely seem to match the iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrollinAround View Post
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    Top of Marys Peak, just outside Corvallis, OR. I was able to to see the ocean to the west and Bachelor, Sisters, Jefferson and Hood to the east. Now to find a logging road that can connect the coast to the cascades. hmmmm
    I would love to ride that road.
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    SS Troll

    Switched my Troll to a single speed today. Fun, versatile bike.
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    Greetings fellow Trollers

    This is my Troll custom build. It's a confused lot with DH bars and clashing colors. I just moved away from an all-mountain/freeride fully in favor of this bike and I do not regret it one bit.
    Am I getting older? Until I'm dead, yes.
    Can I still have fun on a bike? When it's this one, absolutely.

    I ride it with reckless abandon and always tuck it into bed with new scratches. I can't have nice things.

    It's got a few bits from the parts bin, but mostly new components:
    • 18" 2012 Surly Troll frame
    • Rockshox Reba RL Solo Air
    • Gravity Light 800mm bars w/matching stem
    • Velocity Blunt P35 wheels - Just got em yesterday!
    • 2.4" Maxxis ADvantage - Tubeless coming soon
    • Race Face Evolve crankset with 1x10 drivetrain
    • SRAM X9 10 speed (11-36) - Short cage coming soon
    • Blackspire Granny God bashguard for 28t ring (I have to climb a lot)
    • Wellgo B-38 pedals I've had since... the late 90s?
    • Avid BB7s and Speed Dial levers
    • Jagwire Ripcord cables
    • Old GT QR skewer in Surly seat clamp that mostly works
    • Comfy WTB seat



    Newest pics first, followed by my bikepacking setup from a recent trip (before the new wheels).

    Surly Troll-imgp0871a.jpgSurly Troll-imgp0872a.jpgSurly Troll-imgp0874a.jpgSurly Troll-imgp0878a.jpgSurly Troll-imgp0863a.jpg

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    Nice Troll build! How do you like the ADvantage as a rear tire? I think it would pair well with the Ardent in 2.6 in the front.

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    Thanks man, it's my first full custom build.

    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti
    How do you like the ADvantage as a rear tire? I think it would pair well with the Ardent in 2.6 in the front.
    Glad you asked, but not glad I don't have a good answer!

    Hard to say after moving them from a fully to the Troll. I'm not quite used to the rear end yet. I know I can lean harder on those tires better than previous ones. I also tend to stick to identical tires so I can rotate them later.

    The conditions around here vary between hardpack, natural gravel, river rocks, jagged basalt, and if I drive a bit farther, that soft-as-sex spongy mulch beneath cedars. Not much in the way of wet conditions. Take that for what it's worth.

    I'd love to try tubeless 2.4 High Roller IIs. Not sure how much tire the fork can take, but I think a 2.5 would fit while a 2.6 is questionable. Have you put anything similar on a Reba?

    I have about 1mm chainstay clearance on the rear with the wheel completely forward. Obviously anything bigger will require moving the wheel back and I don't want to do that.

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    Thanks for the thoughts. I was running Ardent front and back on my Troll, and I hated the Ardent as a rear tire. I think I might have to pick up an ADvantage for the rear to try it out.
    As for a 2.6 in a Reba, I am not sure, I usually run rigid forks with big tires!

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    Good to know!

    As much as I wanted the Troll's rigid fork to be my friend, it was just not meant to be :-(

    For the curious among us, these are the clearances for 2.4 Maxxis ADvantage tires on my Troll seen above.

    Surly Troll-dsc06645.jpgSurly Troll-dsc06644.jpgSurly Troll-dsc06641.jpg

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