I rarely leave a bike stock after purchase. Whether it's as simple as replacing the seat, or upgrading the cheap components which manufacturers consistently seem to sneak in with off the shelf bikes.
I recently purchased a second hand Surly Pugsley which was a sweet deal given that it had almost never been ridden. I have always loved the utility and style of Surly bikes, but never found the excuse to add one to my stable. The deal was to good to refuse and the temptation of finally owning a fat bike to much to resist!
The stock running gear on the Pugsley is of reasonable quantity so I didn't feel the need to upgrade anything in that respect. It does come with a 3 x 10 drivetrain and Microshifters. I like simplicity in my bikes and have always had a disliking for front derailluers. My Niner MCR hardtail has a 1 x 10 setup and many of my other bikes are single speed. I don't really plan on riding the Pugsley in snow, so there was no need for the Microshift SL-T10 shifters which are alpine glove friendly. Time for a new 1 x 10 setup!
I love the recent innovation in the drop stop front chainrings, which means you don't have to run a chain guide. Nothing looks nicer on a bike than a clean drivetrain so I purchased a Wolf Tooth Components Drop-Stop Chainring. The Pugsley came with Shimano running gear. I favour SRAM for my mountain bikes so I took the opportunity to switch over to an X9 derailluer and a 11 x 36 chainring. Even though weight loss was not my main driver I thought it would be an interesting exercise to do a weight comparison as a part of the change over.
|Stock Part (3x9)||Weight||Replacement Part (1x10)||Weight|
|Stock triple chainring with bolts||342g||Wolf Tooth Components 104 BCD 32T Chainring with Truvativ bolts||64g|
|Shimano Deore 9 speed Derailluer||306g||SRAM X9 10 speed Derailluer||252g|
|Shimano 9 speed HG-61 cassette||346g||SRAM 10 speed PG-1070 Cassette||368g|
|SRAM PC-1071 Chain||314g||SRAM PC-1091 Chain||266g|
|Microshift SL-T10 Shifters (Front and Rear)||166g||SRAM X0 10 Speed Rear Trigger Shifter||114g|
|Shimano SLX Front Derailluer||208g||None||-|