If you thought owning a bike from Bespoked would never happen to you, here’s a chance to think again. Thanks to this prize draw, you might just be lucky enough to win one of three Stayer OMG bikes that were displayed at the show. And even if you don’t win, your donation will be going to a good cause.
The Ultra Distance Scholarship – the nonprofit working to increase diversity and representation within ultra distance cycling and racing, is running a fundraiser prize draw with Stayer Cycles to support its cause. Stayer are an independent, handbuilt frame and wheel builder based in East London and the OMG is their do-it-all, rowdy custom mountain bike frame. Each OMG in the prize draw is the vision of three different volunteer builders and mechanics, who were each given an OMG frame as a blank canvas to work with. The result is three one-of-a-kind builds which any bike enthusiast would drool over. The UDS also had help from Hope Tech, Velofique, Wizard Works, Fresh Tripe, Ballern, and Brooks with this project.
Donate from just £5 to be in with a chance of winning one of these bikes. Will you spread bet and hope for any one of them, or go all in on the one that fits you?
About the builder
Hayley is a mechanic and workshop manager at Community Cycleworks, in South London.
The inspiration for Hayley’s OMG – Cold Brew – stemmed from her big cycle-touring trip. They wanted a practical build that could be taken on fun overnighters and trips off the beaten paths (literally!), with a dinner plate as a cassette and custom reflective Wizard Works bags for exactly that. That doesn’t mean that this bike is boring though! With a wicked paint job from Lucia at Velofique Designs, this bike is a true one-of-a-kind, and will stand out wherever you take it.
Complete with bombproof Hope components, SRAM GX Eagle AXS, a Rock Shox Reba fork, a Stayer carbon 29er wheelset (to Hope Pro4 hubs!) and some Wizards Works luggage to-boot, this bike really has it all.
About the builder
Will is a professional writer for Cyclingnews and an amateur framebuilder and bike restorer for himself. When he’s not reviewing bike stuff he’s trying not to burn his fingertips off in the garage with his new oxyacetylene torch, or playing with his two dogs.
His OMG was loosely designed to evoke days gone by, both in terms of MTB tech (it being rigid with canti brakes) and the joys of riding around on a simple bike as a teen, unburdened with the worry of upgrades or marginal gains. Also he wanted it to look a bit like a vintage motorbike, hence the custom bags fashioned from a vintage leather jacket he bought off a guy in Camden (an interesting project for Wizard Works), and the beautiful shiny Honjo mudguards.
This seriously fun build comes with a custom made Stayer bi-plane fork, Velo Orange klunker bars and Grand Cru canti brakes, a Brooks Imperial sprung saddle, a beloved old school Mavic derailleur, and Velocity dually rims with a Velo Orange rear hub and a dynamo up front.
About the builder
Lewis is a designer, fabricator, and bike person.Their build was driven by material processes. Instead of conceiving of a vision of a bike and aiming towards it, could a process be found that would lead the way? Here, copper plating and patination techniques guided their conceptual approach. Initially inspired by nickel-plated BMX bikes, the ever-changing finish alludes to buildings like Battersea Arts Centre, highlights maker-marks and machining toolpaths, and begins to show some of the multiple material states that the plated finish can exist in.
This stunning bike is proudly single speed, though the frame is also ready for the full luxury of gears. It features a hand built Stayer ‘stiff as fork’ fork and handbuilt custom bullmoose bars. It also sports an X-Fusion dropper post, MKS Bear Trap pedals, a Stayer Gravalloy 29er wheelset with Teravail Coronados, a Middleburn to Wolf Tooth sprocket, Paul levers, and pretty Yokozuna brake calipers. This bike is currently on display in the window of Cloud 9 Cycles in Bloomsbury if you would like to see this museum-worthy object in person.
Where does the money go?
All money raised through this campaign will help fund the Ultra Distance Scholarship’s work this year and hopefully into the next! The major expenses of the scholarship are: coaching fees, mentorship fees, bike fitting fees, administration fees, and additional componentry, equipment and gear not currently covered by sponsors. The UDS would also love to pay some awesome folks working to make cycling more inclusive, to do some vital consultation work with them, eventually carving out a job position for someone qualified to lead the UDS to further glory (ideally POC-led).
With your support you’ll be helping the Ultra Distance Scholarship continue to provide amazing opportunities for folks who might not normally participate in these types of events. Please help them keep alive an initiative whose work is not done yet (but one day hopes to be!).
The prize draw will close on 18th November, 2022 at midnight GMT.
Want one? Surely it’s worth a punt. £5 and you’re in!