I have just finished my Surly Troll build. This turned out to be a pretty straightforward project in the end save for taking a couple of links out of the chain to take up a bit of slack caused by the short chain stays.
I’ve had a wee bit of trouble with the riding position, too, although recycling a friend’s underused Brooks B17 and changing the angle of the Ergon Grips to improve wrist position have remedied this problem. However, I will be changing the stem to a Ritchey Pro Adjustable in common with my Thorn Club Tour as I think there still a bit of fine tuning to be done.
I’ve ridden about 70 miles on the Troll so far and I’m really surprised how sprightly it feels. It begs you to stand on the pedals on climbs and zips along at a fair click, despite the hefty tyres (which were an excellent suggestion by the guys at Keep Pedalling).
This bike is going to be used predominantly as an off-road tourer. If you fancy a more traditional mount, then you may be interested in this post on dedicated touring cycles. I’ll report back on the Troll once I get it dirty. Until then, here are the all-important pics.