The Bike

About

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.

Specification

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
£360
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
Spokes
Wheel buildtubeless maxis chronicle
£420
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
£210
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.

Geometry

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
(Center-Center)
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