Jezz Harty interviewed
63xc.com: Tell me about your pink Surly. Where did it come from?
JH: They did a limited run. I was due to get a black one, and when I contacted Isons about delivery they said that they had a limited run of pink ones on. They asked what colour I wanted, and I said send me the one that comes to the door first.
63xc.com: Not that many in the UK?
JH: I think there were only 100 made.
63xc.com: Anything else special about it?
JH: Well, originally the 1x1 had only canti mounts. This one has disc mounts.
63xc.com: Are you running disks?
JH: Not yet. I have some really nice cantis which I bought back when V-brakes came onto the market and cantis were going cheap.
63xc.com: You have it set up as a fix?
JH: I ride it with a flip-flop, so it depends on my mood.
63xc.com: How come you went for this one rather than a Karate Monkey? Given that you like big wheels?
JH: I've been into 1x1s for years. When I rode the World's, I rode an original 1x1.
63xc.com: How's the ride on the new one?
JH: Well, I like to set up my offroad bikes like a BMX, nice and tight and completely silent. This one works like that. In fact, when I took it to Berlin (SSWBC) I could have sold it about nine times. It just feels natural, like it belongs. As a general, bulletproof ride, I can't recommend Surly too highly.