Words and photos by Tom Burton (@tom_a_burton)
Hello, I’m Tom. I have been cycling for as long as I can remember. I’ve always lived in Suffolk in the UK, which is not super hilly but can surprise you sometimes. It has great fast singletrack with lovely coastal rides and some charming local forests. My goal last year was to cycle from my house to a local forest using as much off-road as possible and was able to do this, which I had a great time doing.
In recent years, I have been exploring a lot more of the local trails and routes, trying to link them up. This year’s goal is to cycle around my town mostly off-road, where I have been exploring different sections with the intent to link them up in one big ride.
I ended up finding Stayer during my search for a bike that could take a larger tyre. I read on their side that they’d be making a 29er version of their awesome OG frameset, and after a few phone calls and emails back and forth, my order for a Stayer OG+ was in. Around five months later, the frame was ready with custom geometry and a custom colour.
- Frame Stayer Cycles OG+
- Fork ENVE Adventure Fork
- Rims Hunt X Wide Carbon 35s
- Hubs Hunt
- Tires Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge
- Handlebars Ritchey AdventureMax Comp
- Headset Hope
- Crankset Rotor Vegast
- Pedals Hope RC Union
- Cassette SRAM XPLR 10-44
- Derailleur SRAM Rival XPLR
- Brakes SRAM Rival
- Shifter(s) SRAM Rival
- Saddle Fizik Adaptive R3
- Seatpost Hope Carbon 27.2
- Stem Hope 90mm 0 Offset
- Frame bags Farr Bolt on Top Tube Bag
- Other accessories Colour Coded Velo Orange MudGuards
For the initial build, I ported over many of the components from my old Brother Cycles Kepler, though most of those parts have been replaced and upgraded by now, save the handlebars, which I’ve had since 2019. I think they’re perfect for balancing on- and off-road duties. I ride my Stayer on all the singletrack around me, and it climbs and skips over the terrain with ease, always putting a smile on my face in the process. I’ve had a blast on it.
You can see more from Tom on Instagram @tom_a_burton.
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