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 “Mistakes are the portals of discovery”

James Joyce - Ulysses


A message from the Surly Central Core:

Recently, we discovered that a transposition of an alpha-numerical adornment had occurred in one of our manufacturing processes that resulted in the mirrored placement of a decorative element.

Said differently, we screwed up a little.

Rather than the standard embossed “S” (that stands for Surly!) on the fork crown, some of our Cross-check, Long Haul Trucker, Disc Trucker, and Straggler forks now sport a backwards “S” or, as we’ve taken to calling it, a “Z.” The other side still says “S.”

Pondering for a time at our next move, we came up with the following course of action: nothing.

We contemplated the tried and true, “We totally meant to do that. HIGH FIVE!” approach. And, we also ruminated about never speaking of this EVER!

Then, we realized some things:
- the function of the fork is in no way compromised

- the number of forks affected made it an irresponsible move to melt ‘em down and try again

- we are Surly Bikes – our products have never been particularly flashy, and our aesthetic decisions have often been suspect on a number of levels

- our products are meant to be used and not placed on a pedestal – it’s really hard to ride on a pedestal

As such, we have determined that these “Z” forks are now officially collector’s items. And, if you get one, it’s like winning the lottery – a really weird, confusing lottery in which you will gain no monetary compensation at all. Still, it’s a win just the same.

If your next, first, or last ever Surly bicycle comes with a “Z” fork, raise your right hand and repeat the following: “This is going to be great!”

Realize, too, that we won’t be sending out replacement forks, nor compensating you in any way – other than helping you realize the fortunate situation in which you find yourself.


The Management

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Eric is a pretty ok guy. Tall, loud, personable, slightly annoying, mostly harmless, law-abiding, easy-going, longitudinal, forthrightly wishy-washy, slightly bent, wigged out, dopey, and marginally accident-prone. He lives on cold cereal and American macro-brews while occasionally fighting the good fight. He's fallen down in front of big crowds before, and he'll likely do it again. He sometimes zigs when he clearly should have zagged.

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