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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Surly Bridge Club. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- It’s a long-distance hauler that also performs well when bombing MTB trails.
- The Bridge Club was affordable, but still very reliable and well kit-out.
- Five frame sizes offer something for most heights of rider.
- Handling was lively and spirited on trails.
- ED (Electro-Deposition) coating on the frame fended off corrosion.
- This rig served all-weather commuters, whilst hauling shopping and supplies.
- WTB Riddler tires provided maximal traction and speed, reassuring on corners.
- The 2x10 SRAM drivetrain offered a capable gear range, in varying situations.
- The Salsa Bend handlebar had a comfortable 17-degree backsweep.
- Irreverent colors include ‘Diving-Board’, ‘Grandma’s Lipstick’, and ‘Illegal Smile’.
- The rigid frame’s main triangle sports ample room for a large frame-bag.
- A great number of eyelets cater for bottles and cargo aplenty.
- Promax brakes performed well for some, though pad adjustment was tricky.
- Tektro M275 hydraulic brakes struck one reviewer as superior to other brands.
- Drivetrain components lasted a winter of riding, without any concerns.
- WTB rims were tubeless compatible, even though tires weren’t.
4 reasons not to buy
- For commuting and city use, slicker tire alternatives were recommended.
- Promax brakes were underwhelming and noisy for one reviewer.
- Some testers would have preferred sealed hub bearings, over cup and cones.
- A straight 1-⅛” steerer and non-suspension corrected frame limits fork replacement options.
Expert Reviews80/100 based on 2 expert reviews
Surly Bridge Club Review: Versatility and Inclusivity
…can handle almost anything… general riding, dirt road touring, mellow bikepacking… far more inclusive, cost-wise, than almost anything else of a comparable calibre… there’s absolutely nothing I’d rush to upgrade…