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We review the fun, adventure ready Surly Wednesday, a fat bike from one of the original manufacturers on the scene.
surly wednesday bike
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Loading up for a proper offroad adventure
Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. ED coated. Double-butted main triangle. TIG-welded
Surly Wednesday, Tapered straight blade 4130 CroMoly
SRAM NX1 1x11, 11-42t
Hayes MX Comp
Surly/Surly My Other Brother Darryl, 80mm
Finishing kit
Fun yet adventure ready
Slow progress!

Surly have been at the forefront of fat bike production since the early days, and it really shows in their attention to detail. The Wednesday is an evolution of their original designs but with modern geometry encouraging more technical riding while retaining as much pedalling efficiency as possible. Well, buzzing along on 3.8 inch tyres couldn't really be described as efficient, but you know what we mean.

The modern twist is emphasised by internal routing for a dropper post, and our build comes with a 1x11 gearing setup from SRAM, although the option of rear facing dropouts means single speed setup is an easy conversion if the technology gets too much.

Thankfully the rideability hasn't been at the expense of expedition-ready features, with triple bottle bosses on each fork leg and down tube and two standard bottles inside the frame and rack eyes for front and rear fitments. Basically, there is enough luggage carrying capacity to load up the Wednesday and disappear into the Mongolian Prairie for six months if that's your bag.

The simple cro-moly steel frame adds to the expedition-ready potential too, being tough as old boots and with a certain amount of compliance to back up those great floating tyres. It is also repairable, so if it does break on the Mongolian Prairie, your friendly local welder will most likely be able to save the day and get you moving again. The same goes for the simple, mechanical Hayes disc brakes.

Verdict: Bombproof, floating tyre fun with more serious expedition capability if you desire.

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