|The 2012 Surly Pacer is "sparkleboogie blue." Sharp. Courtesy: Surly.|
The Surly Pacer, available as a complete bike for MSRP $1175, or as a frameset for MSRP $465.
The Pacer has always stood out as an all-purpose steel road bike, especially in this era of carbon fiber racing machines, but three things about the 2012 Pacer caught my attention.
First, it's available as a complete bike now, not just as a frameset. That makes it more accessible to wider range of bike buyers.
Second, the 2012 model takes wider tires than previous Pacers. It will take a 32 mm tire, or 28 mm with fenders.
Third, I couldn't help but notice Surly's catchy slogan: "The Pacer reminds us, quietly, that there is a road bike out there for the rest of us."
Here are the specs:
Frame: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG welded.
Fork: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Lugged and brazed. 1 1/8" threadless steer tube, uncut
Crankset: Andel RSC2 , RSC2-217XR. 34/50t. Silver
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN-54, 68 x 110mm. Square taper interface
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra , FD4600. 28.6mm clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra, RD4600-SS.
Silver Cog or Cogset: Shimano Tiagra , CS-4600. 12-28t
Chain: SRAM PC-1071 , 10-speed. Silver
Headset: Cane Creek 40 , 1-1/8" threadless. Black
Brakes: Tektro R358 , Dual pivot. Standard reach (47-57mm). Silver
Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano Tiagra , ST4600
Stem: KALLOY AS-008 , 26.0mm bar clamp. Silver
Handlebar: Salsa MotoAce Short and Shallow , Silver
Saddle: WTB SST Comp , Steel rails. Black vinyl.
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-342 , 27.2mm. 350mm. Black
Extras: Surly stainless steel post clamp, Cushy cork bar tape
Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra , Shimano Tiagra HB4600. 32h. Silver
Rear Hub: Shimano Tiagra , FH4600. 32h. 130mm O.L.D. Silver Rims Alex R390 , 32h. Black
Tires: Continental Ultra Sport , 28mm. Steel bead. Black
Sizes: 42, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62
Braze-ons: Single fender eyelets front and rear, dual water bottle mounts, and pump peg (54cm and larger)