Words and photos by Adrian Eames (@2surly)
Hi! My name is Adrian, and I’m currently living in Vancouver, BC. I have been in the bike industry in one way or another my entire working career. I started my career as a bike mechanic because I have always enjoyed building custom bikes for myself and others. I worked for a company where I became well-known in the local community for building custom bikes and anodizing custom titanium frames.
I built this bike up to be capable of going anywhere and taking on any challenging trail on the north shore or the backcountry. I thought it would be fun to build a bikepacking bike and lean into a camo/hunting theme. I plan on riding in the BC Epic with this bike this coming year and doing longer single-day rides and more multi-day adventures this summer.
An important note about the build is that I like to support local Vancouver (and BC) brands whenever I can! Before getting the frame custom painted by King Paint Werx, I made adjustments to the frame by welding on custom frame bag mounts (three on the top tube and one on the down tube) and removing the rear cable tabs. I chose HMPL for my custom bags because I knew they’d create a look to complement the build.
- Frame Landyachtz AB-ST (M)
- Fork Fox 32 TC Factory 40mm
- Rims We Are One The Revive Rim 32h
- Hubs SONdelux (front) / Chris King R45D (rear)
- Tires Rene Hers Fleecer Ridge 700 x 55mm
- Handlebars Easton EC90 AX 44cm
- Headset Chris King Drop Set 2
- Crankset Easton EC90 Easton 42t Chainring
- Pedals Shimano XT
- Cassette SRAM XG-1299 Eagle 10-52T
- Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle AXS
- Brakes SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD
- Shifter(s) SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD
- Saddle Reform Seymour
- Seatpost Rockshox Reverb AXS Dropper 100mm
- Stem Easton EA90 SL 90mm
- Frame bags HMPL Custom half frame bag
- Accessory bags HMPL Custom Slim Jim
I’m also a big fan of SRAM’s wireless drivetrains, and I like the look of a frame without cable tabs on it if I’m not going to be using them, so I removed the cable tabs on this frame. I hand-built the wheels and ordered custom We Are One rim decals in Woodland Camo and Orange to match the frame’s custom paint job. I have a green and orange Sinewave beacon light on order, and I’m hoping it will arrive shortly.
I’m an avid cyclist who rides an average of 11,000 kilometers a year. I enjoy racing gravel and single speed cyclocross most. Some of my favourite rides over the past year have included traveling to Clinton, BC, to visit the Tutti Gravel Inn (and doing some epic rides with Kelly Servinski) and island hopping almost every weekend this past summer with my girlfriend. We would take off early in the mornings from home, ferry to a different Gulf Island each weekend, and spend the day cycling, exploring, and enjoying the views from the saddle. I am looking forward to more of this on this new build!
You can follow along with Adrian on Instagram @2surly.
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