Staff Ride: Dylan’s Chromag Surface

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Handmade Canadian Hardtail

Spring is just around the corner and many of us are dreaming of high country singletrack and maybe even a new bike. We thought it would be a good idea to display some of our staff's bikes and give you an idea of why they are built the way they are. 

First up is Dylan's Chromag Surface. Handbuilt by Chris Deker in Canadia-land, the 'Grape Ape' is an aggressive trail bike shod with 29er wheels. We're continuing to see the resurgence of hardtails as they adopt modern geometry, multiple wheel sizes, and reconnect us with the trail. Dylan notes that it may not be the fastest bike down the hill, but the fun factor is off the charts. What more do you need?

MRP Ribbon Coil

Steel Canadian Love

Industry Nine Wheels

Chromag Cockpit

Notable Components

Part of Dylan's goal was to build a minimal maintenance bike, mainly because he spends enough time fixing everyone else's. Therefore, many components were selected for their simplicity, durability, and ease of setup. 

  • MRP Ribbon Coil 29 - smooth as butter, minimal maintenance, made in Colorado
  • Industry Nine Trail Wheels - high engagement hubs, stout and true, made in North Carolina
  • Fox Transfer Seatpost - the elusive reliable dropper post
  • Maxxis Aggressor 2.5, Minion 2.6 - enough cushion to help damp the ride
  • Magura Trail Brakes - modulation and power 

Ready for Singletrack

Building a bike for simplicity doesn't mean lack of performance. The aggressive 'trail' geometry of the Surface is ideal for trails like Dale Ball and the Winsor, while the larger volume tires and coil fork maintain maximum traction and comfort. Likewise, Dylan was trying to source as many North American manufactured components. If you have any questions why Dylan selected a specific component, stop by the shop and ask.

Otherwise, we're going to sit here and admire the purple glow of this hardcore hardtail.