Surly Moonlander



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Product Rating
4.5 stars
 (2 Reviews)

2013 Surly Moonlander

If you ever looked at miles of mostly unrideable landscape and thought "Huh, I wish I could ride over that," then Surly's Moonlander might be your perfect bike. The chromoly frame was built around humongous 4.7-inch wide tires on Surly Clown Shoe rims. These beautifully large assets are meant to roll over any obstacle. The flotation and traction gained by using large-volume, low-pressure tires can get you over and through otherwise unrideable terrain: ice, snow, sand, mud, wet rocks and roots. Speaking of ice and snow, the drivetrain is customized too with Microshift thumb shifters so you can change gears in mittens and a Mr. Whirly Offset Double crank provides low gearing options. Plus, rain or shine, dry or mudbog, Avid's BB7 mechanical-disc brakes slow you down in any conditions.

Features and Information

Specification Description
Frame Surly TIG-welded chromoly w/double-butted main triangle
Fork Surly TIG-welded chromoly
Rims/Wheels Surly Clown Shoes
Hubs Front: Surly New 135mm; Rear: Shimano XT disc
Spokes DT Swiss
Tires Big Fat Larry, 26 x 4.7
Crankset Surly Mr. Whirly Offset Double
Chainrings 36/22
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Microshift Thumb Shifter
Handlebars Salsa Moto Ace
Stem Kalloy
Brake Levers Avid SD-7
Brakes Avid BB7 mechanical-disc, 160mm rotors
Saddle WTB SST Comp
Seatpost Kalloy

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  • Great components 
  • Great traction climbing 
  • Great traction downhill 
  • Rugged 
  • Smooth ride 


  • Replace the seat 

Best Uses

  • Casual trails 
  • Cross country 
  • Single track 
  • Snow covered trails 
  • Snow mobile trails 

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Not just for snow!

By Sever

from Decorah, Iowa

About Me Avid Cyclist


  • Great Components
  • Rugged
  • Great Traction Climbing
  • Smooth Ride
  • Versatile
  • Great Traction Downhill


  • Replace The Seat

Best Uses

  • Snow Covered Trails
  • Cross Country
  • Snow Mobile Trails
  • Casual Trails
  • Single Track


This bike is so much fun! I have much more traction with the huge tire footprint. When climbing my rear wheel slips less and going downhill I'm faster than my 29er. Steering might take a little bit of time to get used to but after a couple of rides I had no problem with it. The big tires and low pressure it gives a very smooth ride, I notice my wrists and shoulders aren't sore after riding rough single track. Running lower pressure (4-8 psi) you won't be as fast as other mtb on the flat areas but you can just plow through rooted/rockey areas. I have six bikes and I ride the Moonlander the most throughout the year. If I had only one mountain bike to ride the trails all year long it would be the Moonlander!

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Super Surly!

By CJMidnight750

from Riverton, MN

About Me


  • Low Gearing
  • Big Wheels
  • Responsive
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Snow
    • sand
    • Off trail
    • Offroad


    The Surly Moonlander is a bike of a different breed. I could say a lot of good things about it, but you won't know what it's really like till you actually ride one! Even people who don't ride comment on the size of the tires and the sparkly paint, so you are sure to be noticed!

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