The Pacer sits in an interesting category of bicycle. These days, most road bikes are made of some material other than steel. The current zeitgeist of road bicycles and road bicycling generally tends to overlook things that are not screaming for attention like a spoiled child, and the Pacer is a bit of a loner. Pacer likes to put in the big miles and hang out in the country, way out in the country. Pacer cares not about the weather. It remains indifferent mile after mile, you just provide the propulsion and Pacer will handle the rest.
While the Pacer is not what most would consider a racing bicycle, it’s geometry easily identifies it as a laid back performer, capable of descending, cornering and handling right there with all the flashy guys. As with all Surly frames, it’s made from our proprietary, size specific, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel so it has a lively ride that won’t kick the absolute shit out of you for the duration of your ride.
This year we’ve changed the spec on the Pacer to be more in line with what we think this bike is capable of. We gave it a Shimano 105 group, which is squarely in the realm of performance road componentry, perfectly in line with the Pacer’s pedigree as a comfy, high-mileage, all day rider. It has clearance for tires up to 32mm wide to further smooth out the bumps in the road. If you like doing gigantic road rides, hauling ass and not getting beat up by your frame, you’ll think the Pacer was sent to you from on high. It also works well as a credit card tourer or light-duty commuting missile. Plus, unlike any sub two pound carbon fiber racer, it won’t break in two if you knock it over in the garage.
Complete bike spec subject to change
FrameSurly Pacer, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded
ForkSurly Pacer, 4130 CroMoly, lugged and brazed. Sloping crown, tapered and butted curved blades with dual dropout eyelets
Seatpost clampSurly Stainless, 30.0mm
CranksetShimano 105 FC-5750, 34/50t. Black
Bottom bracketShimano BB5500, Black
Front derailleurShimano 105 ST-5700, Black
Rear derailleurShimano 105 RD-5701 10-speed, Black
Cog or cassetteShimano 105 CS-5700 10-speed, 11–28t
ChainShimano 105, CN-5701
HeadsetCane Creek 40, 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
BrakesTektro R359, Black
Brake leversShimano 105 ST-5700 STI, Levery
ShiftersShimano 105 2x10 ST-5700 STI, Black
StemKalloy AS-025N, 31.8mm. Black
HandlebarSalsa Pro Road 2, 26.0mm bar clamp. Black
SaddleVelo VL1353, CroMoly rails. Black vinyl. Black. Feels pretty o.k.
SeatpostKalloy SP-248D, 27.2mm. 350mm. Black
ExtrasCushy cork bar tape
Front HubShimano 105 HB-5700, Black
Rear HubShimano 105 FH-5700, Black
RimsAlex DA28, Black
SpokesDT Swiss Comp, 2.0/1.8
TiresSchwalbe Durano, 28mm. Kevlar. Awesome.
Frame Size Stem Length Stem Angle Handlebar Width Crank Length
42cm 80.0 7.0 380.0 170.0
46cm 80.0 7.0 400.0 170.0
50cm 90.0 7.0 400.0 170.0
54cm 90.0 7.0 420.0 170.0
56cm 100.0 7.0 420.0 172.5
56cm 100.0 7.0 440.0 172.5
58cm 110.0 7.0 440.0 175.0
60cm 120.0 7.0 460.0 175.0
62cm 120.0 7.0 460.0 175.0