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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Surly Ice Cream Truck. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
19 reasons to buy
- Experts and amateurs alike, were impressed by the Ice Cream Truck’s strong climbing ability.
- Experts said this fatbike handled like a trail bike and cornered well under heavy bikepacking loads.
- Whether it be rocks, roots or branches,the Ice Cream Truck was able to roll over most minor obstacles.
- The Ice Cream Truck opened up wide terrain choices; in snow, sand, sludge or anywhere you care to go.
- This beast was resilient, handling 2 to 3 foot drops under expert testing.
- Absolute monster tire clearance allows for 5” tires!
- With intentionally aggressive geometry, the Ice Cream Truck was fast, especially on downhills.
- Hydraulic Tektro disc brakes provided more-than-adequate stopping power.
- Like a husky ballerina, she was both hefty and nimble enough for manuals and air.
- Double-butted 4130 Chromoly steel tubing was strong and stiff on both climbs and descents.
- This steed’s frame features an ED (electrophoretic deposition) coating to resist rust.
- The versatility of the rear 12mm thru-axle and rear-facing horizontal droputs, allow for a direct-mount derailleur hanger, 190mm quick-release or singlespeed setup.
- She’s festooned with fittins; plenty of eyelets and braze-ons for all kinds of racks, fenders, bags etc.
- The Bud & Lou 4.8” tire combination was lauded; with Bud up front cutting through soft terrain while Lou in the rear, was high on traction. They proved good and grippy for sand, snow & loose trails.
- Surly listened to criticism and widened the handlebar from 710 (on early models) to 780mm.
- Many reviewers though the stock fork was great and felt no craving for suspension.
- Owners loved Surly’s sparkling color options in lurid greens, pinks and blues.
- Experts said geometry was ‘nailed’ for climbs and descents.
- A clutched rear derailleur eliminated chain-slap.
3 reasons not to buy
- It’s heavy. For fatbike or snow-racing, a weight-loss regimen was recommended.
- One bikepacking expert said the top-tube may be too low, giving a front triangle that was undersized for frame bags.
- One expert found the rear through-axle to be somewhat ‘clunky’.
Expert Reviews89/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
2019 Surly Ice Cream Truck Review
If I was looking for a new bike, the 2019 Ice Cream Truck would be at the top of my list. Whether you’re looking for a fatty to shred the gnar, grind out some miles, ride the marbles, or hit the groomers when the snow flies, the ICT is ready to play whatever role you need it to.
Matt Orton’s Surly Ice Cream Truck Ops Long-term Test Fatbike
It’s pretty safe to say that fat bikes don’t fly and one of the scariest things in the world is seeing one flying at you when you come off it at speed. I overcooked it, cocked it up and realized that I don’t really know how to jump.