Surly Krampus Fork Review: Two “Options”

I’m going to start this post by saying that I want to like Surly so bad, and when it comes to their bike lineup, Surly is hard to beat. They have a wide range of bike options that are a bit more affordable than many of the competitors that sell similar products.

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Obligatory glamor shots of my bike.
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Before I Frankensteined the front fork.

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This being said, I am officially calling into question their customer service and general reasoning skills surrounding the fork I just received in the mail.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was a bit, um… peeved. Yes, peeved when I found out that my Surly Krampus had two front fork options, an off-road touring option with braze-ons and eyelets, and a more generic fork without the eyelets/braze-ons. Both have the exact same geometry, mind you, just different purposes. However, to get the off-road touring option, you have to buy it in addition to the generic fork. So now I have two forks with the exact same geometrical features, since Surly offers the option but doesn’t really offer the option. Great.

This situation frustrates me, but I was willing to let bygones be bygones, whatever that means, and forget my previous anger at dropping an additional $80 for the fork, but then… BUT THEN! Surly went and did something that just doesn’t make logical sense.

Surly’s Krampus comes in two colors: a moonlit swamp gloss finish for the Krampus and then a flat back matte finish for the Krampus Ops. So you’d think that when I ordered the Krampus fork with eyelets and braze-ons and what have you and I ask what color it is and they say black, it would have the same finish as the Krampus Ops; a non-glossy, matte finish.

Nope. The Krampus fork comes in a black gloss finish, which clashes nicely with the matte finish the rest of the bike has.

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Behold, it lives! It lives! Frankenstein’s monster in bike form.  The sun is almost blinding off that gloss finish.
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A closer look.

Now I’m not a stickler when it comes to color, and of course I can live with the strange combination of blacks on my bike, but the big picture question for Surly is Why??? Why would you make a fork for the Krampus that doesn’t match any of the color schemes of the Krampus?

As stated previously, I love the bike; I get excited every time I set my feet on the pedals and take off down the road less traveled, but seriously, what is Surly thinking?

 

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