The Bike


my tool of choice is my Stooge hardtail, its a 29+ bike, well it can take a + up front but can only take a 2.85 inch tyre on the back. its a great compremise i think over a fat bike, given the mixture of technical and dirt road riding I am expecting to undertake.

I built the bike myself, choosing components tried and tested, it weighs in as is at 13.5kgs, which isnt bad.


Component Cost £
Stooge frame and forks £375
Stooge bars £45
Hope headset £74
Hope skewers £30
Hope seat post clamp £26
Full xt double ten groupset inc
Bottom bracket
Xt brakes calipers
Xt brake levers
Xt rear mech
Xt crank, double
Xt shifters
Xt rear disc
Shimano 10 spd chain
Deore side pull front mech £23
Superstar components front disc £30
Superstar nano pedals £40
Front wheel 29 + consists of,
chris king ISO hub
stans hugo rim 29 rim
Wheel buildtubeless maxis chronicle
Rear wheel, 29 stans no tubes flow ex with hope pro two hub, just been rebuilt with new bearings by swinnerton cycles
Nobly nic tubeless
Thompson layback seat post £51
Charge spoon seat £27
total £1711

Alterations to current bike

I plan on swapping my brakes out to mechanical Avid BB7 ones, this should reduce the things that could go wrong with the more complex hydraulic xt brakes currently running.

I am also considering swapping the charge spoon seat for a brooks B17 saddle.


looking at the geometry it is very similar to surlys capable bikepacker the ECR, (see table below), in fact i wil be swapping the stock stooge forks for some surly ECR forks to take avantage of the storage facilities on them.

Bike Stooge Surely ecr
Effective Top Tube Length
597 595.0
Head Tube Length 127 100
Chainstay Length 436 – 449 451.0
Seat tube length c-c 457.2 457.2
Head Tube Angle 69 69.5
Seat Tube Angle 72 72.5
BB Drop 60 80
Reach 427 416.1
Stack 584 605.5

Adaptions necessary for increased storage

As mentioned earlier I am swapping out the standard forks for Surly ECR ones with extra bootle cage facilities on each fork side, which I plan to utilise with anything cages, they also have the ability to take the surely 24 rack which I plan to utilise.

left: Surly ECR forks, Middle surely 24 rack , Right; salsa anything cages

Equipment Storage

I have chossen to use a surly 24 cage and 42 litre Porteur bag up front over a bar bag as it will distribute the weight better and give me a larger facility for storing and transporting the kit securely. Also on longer more remote sections I can top the bag with additional bags for extra water, food etc.

For othe rbike staorage I plan to use wildcat bike bags, who are a Welsh Company who have a really good reputaion in the bike packing world.

For a frame bag I plan to use a wildcat amur leopard

I plan to use the Tiger Dover seat system which is the bigger 10 litre version.

Right;  Porteur bag, Top Right; Wildcat Dover seat bag system Bottom Right ; wildcat amur leopard frame bag