One of the hottest bikes at QBP’s SaddleDrive event is the new Krampus. A 29er fat bike with 3 inch tires. Complete bikes will be available around March with an MSRP of $1950.
The complete production bike will feature:
- 1×10 Shimano SLX gruppo (mostly)
- Salsa Whammy handlebar
Frames and tires and rims will be available this Fall with an MSRP of $750 for the frame only.
Surly wondered how big of a tire could they make with a no offset fork. Using standard hubs and cranks, what would be the biggest tire they could use? The Krampus was developed around the Surly Knard tire, a 29er tire with a 3″ width. The tread design was inspired by moto dirt bike tires and the outside diameter of the Knard is 30.5″. The Knard 29×3 weighs in at 820 grams and is available in 120tpi folding or 27tpi wire bead casings.
Complete bike weight (for a large) is about 30 lbs and the weight for large frame is about 6 lbs. The Krampus features the strongest tubeset that Surly has every produced and it is also one of the stiffest frames that Surly makes. The Krampus features Surly 4130 CroMoly steel and a 73mm bottom bracket.
For versatility, they wanted to allow users to tranfer parts from other bikes they might already own. More parts swappability for as much compatibility as possible.
The green paint has a really cool metal flake finish. Mtbr’s very own Photo-John got to do a demo ride down one run at Snowbasin today. He was super stoked!
And the name? What the heck is a “Krampus”? Well, a quick check of Wikipedia shows that the Krampus is a mythical creature thought to be like an anti-Claus. A hairy goat like creature that would torment naughty children, the Krampus was most feared. Trevor from Surly says the Krampus was known for “Bringing the Darkness”.
We got a cool discussion going here: