Surly Pacer

5.0 stars
 (7 Reviews)
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Surly's Pacer is an all-day-adventurer, foul-weather-commuter, and back-roads-explorer with classically inspired style and an unmatched ride. The handling and comfort are courtesy of Surly's dedication to 4130 chromoly tubing, which is paired with a lugged fork that enhances steel's inherent ability to damp road buzz. No-nonsense wheels feature sturdy Alex rims laced to 105 hubs for a pair of hoops that can tackle inner-city commutes and fast-paced club rides. 10-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain components provide ample legs to take you over hill and dale, and the 28mm Schwalbe tires offer smooth-rolling traction. Final touches like clearance for 32mm tires, as well as rack and fender eyelets, keep the bike super versatile and ready for nearly anything.

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Pedals sold separately

Consumer Reviews

5.0 stars

(7 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Comfortable  (4)
  • Fast  (3)
  • Durable  (2)
  • Responsive  (2)
  • Handles Well  (2)
  • 100 105 group set 


  • Heavy  (2)
  • It is heavier 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (3)
  • Commuting/City  (2)
  • Casual Riding  (2)
  • Exercising  (2)
  • Road Biking  (2)
  • Anything but racing 

Feb 19, 2018

Great commuter

Comfortable, Fast, Durable
Best Uses:
I've been in the market for something durable, fast, and comfortable to get to and from work for quite awhile now and finally settled on this bike. No regrets! It's filled all of those wants effortlessly.
by Jordy from Minneapolis, MN

May 08, 2015

After years of looking I am so grateful I chose this bike

Comfortable, Well Equipped, Withstands Issues Well
It Is Heavier
Best Uses:
Anything But Racing
Considered cycle-cross and touring bikes. Looked at old school steel and aluminum. I'm 6'6" and around 250 pounds. In my fifties I wanted more aggressive and a challenge and I also needed something to make the bumpy streets and trails more comfortable. After advice to get a LHT or a Cross Check, I stumbled on the Pacer. After buying it I tried to figure what I should upgrade. For what I do, nothing. My longer rides are 50 or so miles. I ride home from work on a very hilly 35 mile ride. I ride with my wife who has a LHT and we'll do 20 to 30 miles together. I ride in the trainer. It is comfortable, I can get some speed, it bears me well, and after hitting a huge pothole racing down a hill about 35 mph, my water battles had flown out, my rim was bent, I felt less of it than I expected, and my frame was fine. I bought a full bike, and I a glad I did. I am grateful I got something a bit more fun.
by I Ride When I Can from Peninsula, OH

Jul 20, 2014

Pacer 2014... Great value for money

100 105 Group Set, Full 105 Group Set, Excellent frame geometry
Best Uses:
Best On The Pavement
I use Pacer 2014 for daily 40 km morning cycling and weekend century rides. Since using this bike, I love the feel of it so much that I cannot touch any of my other bikes. Total 105 group set makes 2014 models unique. Everything from shifters to the chain is 105. The frame geometry fits me perfectly and the steel takes the pavement with absolute grace. It is a great bike for everyday pavement rides. Surly Pacer is "Owners' Pride" I wonder why Pacer 2014 could not have had an internal routing of the cables. That's just one thing that would further improve this bike.
by Abby from Calicut, INDIA

Jul 10, 2012

Tough, Fast, Smooth and Comfortable!

Durable, Comfortable Ride, Versatile
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Road Biking
I commute on this bike, 30 miles each way, also do long 70 mile road rides, and its versitile enough to throw some knobbies on and hit some gravel roads! Although it seems a little heavy, this is a ultra smooth ride that you dont even have to slow down for train tracks with. I can commute 30 miles by myself and average 19-20 mph both ways. It is very fast and very comfortable. best of both worlds!
by Bikerdude from Dallas, TX

Apr 21, 2012

Great bike I could ride it all day

Handles Great
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
I'd like to tell you the best use for the bike but it's a real do all bike. I ride it on paved roads and it's so smooth it floats over the road. This is a bike you could get on and literally ride it all day. I only stop because my old legs can't go any further.
by Mike from North Royalton Ohio

Sep 29, 2010

Love this bike!

Comfortable, Responsive, Handles Well, Fast
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Commuting, Exercising
I have been a rider for a number of years and did the MS150 this year on an old Crossroads bike. I decided I needed something better and after looking long and hard ended up on the Pacer. This bike is not a racer but a great cruising bike for rides on the Greenway, around the lakes and the city and out on longer day rides. I highly recommend this bike. I have no complaints after a few hundred miles.
by Steve from Minneapolis, MN

Apr 13, 2010

Silky smooth and an absolute blast

Comfortable, Responsive, Fast, Smooth Ride, Handles Well, Good Geometry
Best Uses:
Commuting, Casual Riding, Exercising
I've only had this bike a few weeks, but I've been blown away by how effortless it is to ride. I rode several more aggressive bikes - both steel (Masi, Bianchi) and Aluminum (Trek, Specialized) in search of the right ride, and found that all of the other bikes I tried (some with significantly higher end components) had their own personality. The Pacer feels like there's nothing between me and where I want to go - it's compliant and neutral. It's not a light weight, and I don't know if it'd be my bike of choice if I was planning on anything competitive, but it's just perfect for a general all around bike. The Tiagra was a bit of a turn-off to start with, and I can't speak to durability yet, but it turns out to be every bit as smooth shifting and confident as the 105-equipped bikes I tested out. A little more than a decade ago I rode an Ultegra/Dura Ace rig, and this is clearly a far better group than those were back then. I don't know if I'll be able to resist tweaking the component mix over time, but I can honestly say I am as happy with this bike as any I've ever owned.
by Zak from Austin, TX


Surly TIG-welded chromoly with double butted main triangle
Surly chromoly, lugged and brazed
Alex DA28
Shimano 105
Schwalbe Durano, 700 x 28c
Shimano 105
Front Derailleur
Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur
Shimano 105
Rear Cogs
Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28T
Shimano Tiagra
Salsa Pro Road 2
Brake Levers
Shimano Tiagra
Tektro R359, dual-pivot
Accessories & Extras
Surly stainless steel seatpost clamp