Surly Pack Rat Road Bike Buyers Guide Review (August 2020)
Surly Pack Rat Road Bike
- ✔ Front-loading optimisation
- ✔ Porteur-style rack
- ✔ Shimano Tiagra Derailleurs
- ✔ Tektro CR720 Brakes
The Surly Pack Rat Road Bike is a masterpiece that is the culmination of years of experience and is specifically designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimisation.
- Frame Surly 4130 CroMoly steel
- Fork 4130 CroMoly
- Headset Cane Creek custom 5
- Handlebar ProMax Flare-Out 31.8
- Stem ProMax DA-296
- Saddle WTB Volt Sport
- Seatpost ProMax SP-2016
- STI Levers Shimano Tiagra
- Chain KMC X10EL
- Cassette Microshift 10 speed, 11-34t
- Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-RS500
- Rims Alex Adventurer 2
- Hubs Formula RB-52
- Tyres 26/650b- Panaracer Pasela 26×1.5, 650b x 42
All Surly Pack Rat Commuting Bike parts are from world-class manufacturers, like the reliable Carbon Fiber frame, the speed and brake system, and the Tire. All of these parts combine to turn the Surly Pack Rat Commuting Bike into an outstanding road bike.
It has a decreased cross-sectional area which reduces wind resistance, improves performance, and enhances aerodynamic efficiency.
The Surly Pack Rat Commuting Bike is almost completely pre-assembled before packing and shipping. It offers you the perfect ride no matter whether you are a bike commuter or a professional entry-level racer – you are covered. The design of a short rear triangle with tapered head design makes for a more stiff and easy to control frame which can also enhance the instant explosive force while riding.
The road tire is anti-gill, hard-wearing and has low rolling resistance to make you ride even faster.
The brakes on the Surly Pack Rat Commuting Bike are very efficient and offer the rider control and comfort when they hit the road. As a result of the combination of high quality tyres on the bike, the bike easily grinds to a halt.
The fluid shift lever also helps to avoid unnecessary jolts when shifting gears which in turn improve the overall experience of the bike rider.
The breaks will offer you the ability to start and operate your ride effectively. They are always in excellent condition as you ride and should last you a long time.
The tyres are solid and have excellent traction; they’re designed to give good grip while avoiding unnecessary drag due to its lightweight. They achieve this very well and are competent in handling braking and corners on hilly and level road surfaces without making the rider work harder.
The Pack Rat rolls on 26er? wheels in the smaller sizes and 650b wheels in the larger ones. Smaller diameter wheels keep the weight of the load lower than a 700c wheel would, thereby improving handling and ride feel. Pack Rat’s fork also includes some handy internal routing for generator hubs so you can safely ride off into the night.
The Pack Rat’s front cargo-specific design eliminates that steering issues but also rides great without cargo. There’s no need to load it down with cans of beans every time you want to go for a ride.
The saddle in addition to the dropped handlebars combine to give the rider a very comfortable position particularly as both can be adjusted to suit the individual. Road bikes aren’t particularly great for comfort as a result of a lack of suspension however with these quality sports tyres, handlebars and saddle, the manufacturers have put in their world class expertise to achieve a comfortable ride, particularly on flat and smooth surfaces.
People who are credit card tourers, dedicated commuters, those who enjoy the occasional sub-24 campout, and sweaty back people looking to leave their backpack behind need look no further than the Surly Pack Rat Commuting Bike. Buy one and experience it yourself.