Monday, May 8, 2023

Surly "E-Trucker"

The Surly Long Haul Trucker has been an excellent bicycle.  Many years, thousands of miles, lots of tours, a real workhorse of a bicycle.  It is too bad that Surly chose to sunset them.  I imagine Surly will have something great to 'replace' it in the future.  

But the Long Haul Trucker outlasted me! 

Getting older, I felt the need to get an E-Bike in order to keep me riding because the hills became harder, the average speed dropped, loads seemed heavier.  5 years ago I purchased a Felt E-bike and begin using it a little more than the Long Haul Trucker.  I attempted to modify and purpose the Felt E-Bike as a 'touring' bicycle but never really got it dialed in. The Felt frame was built specifically for a Shimano Steps motor that soon was discontinued.  The proprietary battery options were non-existent, the tire width was restricted.   After looking at the emerging E-Bike market, I started to think I could build a better bicycle than I could buy.   Using the tried and true Surly Long Haul trucker was where I started.   

I ended with the bicycle pictured below.  

At the time of this posting, I have a little over 700 miles on it and it totally fits my needs. 

Read about the build HERE

Walk around video of the Bicycle HERE

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