I am almost done assembling my new Surly Ogre. This will be my gravel grinder and commuting bike. It has a mixture of old and new parts. Nothing fancy, my goal is quality and function. My biggest challenge is the gearing. I was going to go with a road crank for a large chain ring. Turns out nobody makes a top pull road derailleur. The result is a 48 tooth mountain crank, the Shimano LX front derailleur will handle it.
I am excited to use the Jeff Jones Loop Bar. I anticipate it will be comfortable with the swept back grips and multiple hand positions available. I am going to ride it a little bit and ensure the position of the brake levers and shifters before wrapping the remainder with handlebar tape. I think I may need a shorter stem. Again I will ride then make the decision.