The New 2020 Surly Bridge Club Off-Road Touring Bike

The Bridge Club is one of my favourite adventure bikes because it offers off-road appropriate gear ratios, lots of wheel/tyre options and a sensible specification for a touch over a thousand dollars.

The 2020 Surly Bridge Club is now offered with two different wheel sizes or as a frameset for US $525!

Let’s take a look.

2020 Surly Bridge Club 700C

2020 Surly Bridge Club
The 2020 Surly Bridge Club with 700C wheels.

With all the surplus tyre clearance, the Bridge Club 700C is a pretty weird looking bike. But with some full fenders, it should look a bit less like a cobbled-together build.

It’s the same steel frameset as usual, with endless cargo cage mounts for a bikepacking setup, or for a touring setup there’s the usual front/rear rack and fender mounts.

2020 Surly Bridge Club
The space around the tyre is a lot, but it’ll neaten up considerably with some fenders.

The frameset is designed to accommodate three different maximum wheel/tyre dimensions: 26×3.0″, 27.5×2.8″ and 700x47mm. With 700x41mm wide Surly Extraterrestrial tyres as standard, this bike has a bit more room to grow if you’re seeking a bit more ride comfort. A cool thing about the Bridge Club 700C is that the rims and tyres are tubeless-ready out of the box – just add valves and sealant.

2020 Surly Bridge Club
The wheels and tyres are tubeless compatible, which is pretty sweet on a budget tourer.

This “pavement” bike is running a 1X drivetrain to simplify things. The good news is that the 34t front chainring and 42t rear cassette cog will get you a 22.6″ climbing gear, which will be fine for most paved conditions (maybe not where I am in Costa Rica!). But if you’re planning on getting up some bigger hills with a bunch of bags you’ll probably want to fit a smaller front chainring. Or if you don’t want to give up your top-end speed, you’ll need a shifter, front derailleur and an extra chainring.

2020 Surly Bridge Club
The swept-back bars will be very well suited to some Ergon GC1 grips.

The bike is finished with Tektro hydro disc brakes, a Surly Terminal handlebar (34° sweep) and a WTB saddle.

The 2020 Surly Bridge Club 700C retails for US $1100.

2020 Surly Bridge Club 27.5″

2020 Surly Bridge Club
The 2020 Surly Bridge Club with 27.5” wheels.

There haven’t been any significant changes to the BC 27.5 except a switch to an FSA Alpha Drive square taper crankset and a new colour.

It’s still rolling on 2.4″ WTB Riddler tyres and SRAM GX 2×10 drivetrain. The 2X setup is good for a 16.9″ climbing gear; lower than almost any production bike. The result is a gear ratio that will have you cycling up walls!

The bike is still running Promax cable disc brakes, a Salsa Bend handlebar (23° sweep), a WTB saddle and lock-on grips.

If I were picking a bike for a mix of adventures, it would definitely be the 27.5. With some Schwalbe Super Moto-X slicks, you’ll be able to fly along the pavement, and with some grippier tread, you’ll have a great time off-road. Or better yet, alternate between a 700C on-road and 27.5″ off-road wheelsets depending on where you’re heading!

The Surly BC 27.5 retails for US $1200.

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