Over the years, Surly has been finding new and better ways to haul stuff on the front of their bikes — from fork braze-ons to racks to bags. The Pack Rat is the culmination of all those years and is specifically designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimization.
Having your stuff in front of you means it’s close at hand and easily accessible. It also allows for better weight distribution. The Pack Rat’s front cargo-specific design eliminates steering issues but also rides great without cargo. There’s no need to load it down with cans of beans every time you want to go for a ride.
The Pack Rat rolls on 26” wheels in the smaller sizes and 650b wheels in the larger ones. Smaller diameter wheels keep the weight of the load lower than a 700c wheel would, thereby improving handling and ride feel. Pack Rat’s fork also includes some handy internal routing for generator hubs so you can safely ride off into the night.
Frame: Surly 4130 Cromoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded. ED coated
Fork: 4130 Cromoly, lugged & brazed. Sloping crown w/threaded eyelets, tapered & butted curved blades w/mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets
Rims/Wheels: Alex Adventurer 2, 32h
Hubs Front: Formula RB51 | Rear: Formula RB52
Crankset Shimano: FC-R460
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD-4700
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra RD-4700 GS
Cassette: Microshift, 10 speed: 11-34
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra ST-4700
Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra ST-4700
Brakes: Tektro CR720
Accessories & Extras Surly 24-pack front rack