Bike Builds

Versitility is key to the Stooge design ethos. All our framesets are designed to make great dirt bikes, but other than that they are what you make them. Rigid doesn’t have to mean pedestrian. Hardtail doesn’t have to mean XC. It’s a bike designed to be ridden, wherever you want to ride it.

Below you’ll find some builds I’ve put together for my own personal use, all different, all incredibly good fun and all totally addictive.


Trail 29er

The idea behind this build was to create a rigid bike for all-day, all-mountain style rides. It runs a 1x10 setup with a range extender, Thomson dropper for big, scary fast descents, and a short 50mm stem and Salsa bend bars with a 23 degree sweep. In keeping with its big mountain credentials it has a 203 front rotor and 180 rear, braking courtesy of the ever reliable Avid BB7’s and Paul Love Levers. Chris King and Brooks finish it off a treat. Tyres are 2.3 rear, 3.0 front, running on Velocity Dually rims. This bike really does defy all logic when it comes to what a rigid bike is capable of. It descends with the best of them, is incredibly comfortable and just begs to be ridden hard.

650+ Single Speed

I built this bike to a really low budget, the idea being to build a simple woodland hack with one eye on the single-speed champs at the end of the summer. I also decided to give B+ a try, settling on a 2.8 tyre out back and a 3.25 up front to preserve the Stooge geometry.  Interestingly, the rims are only 28mm wide and yet they work a treat with the big tyres. The chainset is an old Bontrager single-speed unit with 180 arms, just like in my old BMX days. It’s amazing what you can find in the bargain bin! The bars here are Motocross bars clamped to a Thomson BMX stem, 810 wide with a 20 degree sweep they’re pure rock and roll. Turns out expensive isn’t always best, this bike is an absolute maniac and the one I’ve ended up using the most. It begs you to ride harder, faster and the B+ wheel-size does fabulous things to the handling.  Overall weight is 26lbs, not bad for a bruiser.

Dirt Drop Tourer

I make no apologies for this build. It happened in the winter when I wanted a bike to ride the roads on, dreaming also of the Mythical World Tour I’m adamant I’ll do one day. The Stooge has a tall front end that’s well suited to drop bars and it just begged to built, it was either that or buy a road bike! A 17 degree rise stem with 46cm Salsa Woodchipper bars, bar-end shifters (9 speed for extended durability) and my trusted Brooks saddle make this bike. The rear rack overcomes the lack of frame eyelets by mounting to the rear axle and is a work of genius for  anyone thinking of racking up their MTB. Tyres are Schwalbe Big Apples in 29 x 2.3. The finished build ended up being supremely comfortable and genuinely fast, a bike that I can ride mile after without ever getting fatigued. The multiple hand positions of the drop bars are a godsend on longer rides and big climbs, and also incredibly capable off-road.  The DDT is an experiment that ended up exceeding all expectations, all I need now is the time for the Mythical World Tour.

Titanium 650B+

Here's a Ti B+ bike with WTB 2.8 on the rear, Vee 3.25 on the front. Forks are by Specialized, bars are my favourite motocross bars. Everything about this bike just works beautifully, especially when things get twisty. Complete weight is 24lbs.

Urban Stooge

This is my original prototype frame reborn as an urban cruiser/backlane explorer. Axiom 29er mudguards, old school 9 speed Sram Gripshift and Schwalbe Big Apples. Brooks Saddle and Jones bend bars complete the build and make for supreme comfort. This is something a little different and is great for those wintery days when you want to go for a ride but just don't fancy getting plastered in mud. Makes a great towing bike for my kids' Ben Hur chariot too.


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