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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Surly Grappler. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- Experts find the Grappler is smooth and stable through challenging terrain.
- The abundance of mounting points on the fork, down tube, seat tube, and seat stays is ideal for touring and bikepacking.
- Surly's Gnot-Boost spacing means the fork fits 110mm Boost hubs, and the dropouts fit 142mm or 148mm hubs.
- Custom dropouts allow the use of single-speed and internally-geared hubs.
- The Grappler has clearance for tires up to 27.5" x 2.8” or 29" x 2.2” in the front and 27.5" x 3” or 29" x 2.5” at the rear.
- Experts highlight that the sturdy and compliant Chromoly frame is optimized for supporting weight and handling rough trails.
- An Electrophoretic Deposition (E.D.) coating reduces the risk of corrosion on the frame.
- Reviewers appreciate the inclusion of a dropper post which enhances descending ability and allows riders to get a foot down when stopping with a loaded bike.
- One tester says the lack of suspension spices up trails that would otherwise be boring.
- The Grappler’s thru-axles increase stiffness and responsiveness.
- Experts appreciate the tidy cockpit layout with the dropper post lever on the left and the shifter on the right.
- The Grappler balances solid climbing and descending ability, according to one reviewer.
4 reasons not to buy
- One expert says the microSHIFT levers aren't the most comfortable and don’t offer much tactile feedback.
- Several reviewers criticize the lack of power and control from the Tektro Mira mechanical disc brakes.
- The Surly Grappler is heavy, weighing roughly 30lb.
- Two experts say the jump between the three lowest gears is large, leaving the rider searching for the appropriate gear on less extreme gradients.
Expert Reviews81/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Surly Ghost Grappler Review: Risky Business
I think the Ghost Grappler lives up to Surly’s claim as a “dedicated drop-bar trail bike built for bikepacking excursions, singletrack sessions, and all-day dirt rides,” so folks will just have to figure out if that combo fits them.
Surly Ghost Grappler with Kyote Alt Bar / Flat Bar and 29er Wheels
I really liked the idea of a drop-bar, do-it-all gravel bike, but the drop bars just really haven’t worked out for me… I also swapped out the brakes because the stock brakes were completely inadequate.