The Surly Big Draggler might just be the fastest cargo bike out there

ISON Distribution shows off amazing one-of-a-kind drop bar conversion Big Dummy

As far as cargo bikes go, this prototype Surly ‘Big Draggler’ put together by UK distributor, ISON, has got to be the most go-fast I’ve ever seen.

Spotted at Core Bike 2018, this unique cargo-wagon is built around a Surly Big Dummy, but the flat bars and 26in wheels of the stock build have been swapped out in favour of a drop bar cockpit, courtesy of 3T, 650b Halo wheels shod with WTB Resolute tyres and a SRAM Apex groupset.

Surly's Big Draggler is a long-wheelbase hauler for those who might want to get their head down
Surly's Big Draggler is a long-wheelbase hauler for those who might want to get their head down

The bike has been put together for Paul Errington. Paul is an integral part of Focal Events, which has been key in bringing gravel events to the UK, such as the Dirty Reiver.

The bike is going to be used by Paul to schlep stuff about at the events, so should you be making a pilgrimage to any of Focal’s events, you’ll likely see it out in the wild, though I can’t imagine it’ll be as spotless or lightly laden as it is pictured here.

The Big Draggler will accept up to 90kg of payload, plus its rider
The Big Draggler will accept up to 90kg of payload, plus its rider

The stock Big Dummy is designed to portage a whopping 90kg of stuff, but if that’s not quite enough for you — my goodness, what on earth are you trying to transport by bike?! — this particular bike is even fitted with a trailer hitch. Madness. For day-to-day duties, the included bags should suffice.

The prickly front fork features all the bosses
The prickly front fork features all the bosses

Surly is one of the few brands out there that actively recommends you try experimenting with its bikes — this guide details some of the fun stuff you can have with the Big Dummy — but I have my doubts that there’s a Big Dummy as posh as this one out there.

The trailer hitch means you can further extend your bike's wheelbase
The trailer hitch means you can further extend your bike's wheelbase

As the bike isn’t a stock build, you’ll have to speak to ISON or your local Surly dealer to get your hands on a Big Draggler.

Jack is clearly excited by the prospect of riding the Big Draggler
Jack is clearly excited by the prospect of riding the Big Draggler

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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