MAJs TVM homer, “Rivino” and past knockoffs

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  • Thank you forsharing and for the write up

  • absolutely can't stop changing my mind about what sort of bike i want next,

    for now im pretty set on something with risers, doing some of my biggest rides with flat bars lately has shown me drops really make no difference to me. Also had a chance to try that all day and was reminded how little drop bars do for me. guess we'll know for sure when i finally pick the other pompino up and give it a spin.

    the latest rides have shown me i really value wider tyres over skinnier ones, yeah you can do everything on 35's but it's such a pita to be focusing on every rock and route, i just like to go BRRRRRRRP over everything and not worry about it. although i'm not totally convinced i need 2.1/2.2's, maybe a 45? i am convinced i want 29's tho.

    Feel, at this time i want something longer wheel base, the relaxed path racer-esque pomp is great, yeah it doesn't have the pop of the Homer but it feels so good just sending it down a hill. something like this with bigger tyres and a tad longer out back, slacker up front would pair nicely with the homer

    anyway the current options are:

    SAADX - drop bar ATB

    The SaadX is the sportiest bike we’ve planned so far, we hesitate not to call it performance orientated, It isn’t. Instead it’s the teams take on an efficient, fun and lively feeling drop bar bike. The short wheelbase, high bb and steep front end leave it feeling nimble and lively when cutting through the quiet ways, hucking it through some bridal path and confident when touring on the roads. Originally this frame was conceived from a winter riding a modified pompino single speed around Swinley forest, England and the lanes around it in Berkshire, quite flat but painfully spikey in places, maybe the one terrain gears may beat a single speed.

    I. L. Epping - Swept bar touring Frame

    The I.L. Epping is really just an On One Pompino with more clearance, some slight adjustments have been made accordingly to fit this, unlike our Homer. Designed after a rather eventful ride of Epping forest, England where a member of our team found their On One Pompino the ideal bike for the tight streets, smooth cycle lanes and park dirt, but needed just a little more squish to get the most out of the single track. This bike can be run geared if you need it, but the single speed form is where the bike really shines, especially in its name sake location. There is no shame in getting off and pushing after all.

    Please note, this bike is supposed to be sized with a longer top tube than normal, we recommend using a swept back bar to get the most out of the frame, it’s not for everyone and if you’re looking for drop bars we recommend checking out our SaadX

    The Homér - trail bike

    The Homér is just a refined Homer, stripped back and modified slightly to address many of the more neurotic elements of the Homer our team insisted on first time round. The longer wheelbase and slightly slacker head tube makes the front end a little more manageable on the trail, the slightly longer top tube reduces toe overlap with the largest tyres. The lugless design and less mounts give the bike a less weighty feel; a covert look at the bike stand for when you want to slip by without a scene, not to forget the removal of the second top tube. all the changes give the whole package a light, more touring orientated build which will still mince a trail and ride just as tall.

    If you’re looking for the absolute pinnacle of trail fun, get a Homer, if you’re looking for something a bit more do it all, get a Homér,

    Hopefully by the time i have to make the decision I have a good amount of these briefs and i can just pull one out of a hat, and then repeat the process every time I'd like a new bike

  • I. L. Epping

    Think I have some dust in my eye...

  • One for the moodboard

    Homer +


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  • Have been looking at scape goat and evasion numbers funnily enough

    The scape goat is to mtby for the use case, it’s for this reason I also sidelined the ogre. It’s also why I’m questioning a Homér

    It’s not their tyre size or anything functional, but something which looks like a mtb is a big Nono for “locking up”, mentally, for me. even with rim brakes and crusty parts. Silly really, as I literally, never, lock my bikes up, I just wouldn’t cycle if I needed to leave it.

    So maybe it’ll happen

    The evasion size L is pretty spot on for me, but it’s built around 650b, can take 700x50. It’s currently in the pile of “possible numbers to use”

  • Or perhaps


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  • Trying to think what makes a bike look less mtb-like

    Horizontal top tube and non-sus corrected fork + v brakes? I guess that just makes it look like an old mtb?

  • Or an ATB...

  • This is good….maybe with more stand over

    Dustin Klein rides with this guy Ron, who is far more interesting and funny, also makes the most insane Spotify playlists, Japanese city pop, funk, jazz, the man can’t be stopped.

    But aside from this, has this custom, high stand over xc ish mtb with 29r wheels for “just riding exploring”

    Think that bike has a similar vibe

    The atb

    I think it’s higher stand over and not so slack which gives a bike a less mtb look, personally, also maybe designed around a slightly longer stem than modern mountain bikes, 60mm or so

  • the latest rides have shown me i really value wider tyres over skinnier ones, yeah you can do everything on 35's but it's such a pita to be focusing on every rock and route, i just like to go BRRRRRRRP over everything and not worry about it. although i'm not totally convinced i need 2.1/2.2's, maybe a 45? i am convinced i want 29's tho.

    Feel, at this time i want something longer wheel base, the relaxed path racer-esque pomp is great, yeah it doesn't have the pop of the Homer but it feels so good just sending it down a hill. something like this with bigger tyres and a tad longer out back, slacker up front would pair nicely with the homer

    Seems like recent (slacker, less cx) gravel geo, 700x45-50 and nice risers would give you this

  • So this but with a lil' less seatpost?

    Or maybe:

  • I. L. Epping vibes?


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  • Yeeee, just in 29r!

    Yes the second one… but maybe slightly shorter and longer stem

    @yoshy, yeah something like the new fearless, kona whatever it is, even fairlight faran would be ideal, with rim brakes, a taller version of my Raleigh

    But saying that doesn’t spark the same joy, so I’m going to keep shuffling the cards until I find out how mtb I want to go and where, before I hit the “fuck go back!!!” Button

    Right now the big tyre pompino is doing it for me, as I ride a regular tyre now, but if I had the choice I’d be riding the homer everywhere so I know I do want something chunkier

  • But longer 👁👄👁

    But seeing this I have to accept I just want mtb tyres…

  • But seeing this I have to accept I just want mtb tyres…

    Pushing just past fat gravel tyre to lightweight XC tyre does give you considerably more options

  • I've been drawing up my daughter's new bike over the last couple of days as we've been home ill.
    I am thinking about a mixte type MTB frame a MIXTB I call it 🙄

    Anyways I thought of you and just quickly converted the concept onto a MTB frame I had already drawn up.
    So dimensions and forks are off...


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  • The 1st one looks like a belter!!!

  • Why can't you ride homer everywhere? Worried about London bike theft?

  • ^^^ Looks remarkably like a Stooge.

  • You are right. Didn't have that in mind at all but it exactly this:


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  • As a Stooge MK4 owner I support this message. Absolutely fan-bloody-tastic bike.

  • Been riding about today, down to Romeo and Giulietta for that dreamy dark chocolate and lemon combo

    Pompino is annoyingly good, as someone who’s used to chopping and changing their bike all the time for the last 2 years I have no reason too. It just does it all, perfect London bike, perfect gearing, perfect position, looks great, bags great, tyres are good.

    I think once it’s aged a bit more it’ll also be fine to leave locked up for the shops, which is really the only nit pick I have. Think I prefer it being a bit nicer overall as it’s the only bike I get to ride, acceptable trade off

    Think realistically could just ride this and the homer? Be fine?

    I guess it makes the third bike harder to justify really, realistically, I see myself taking the parts I like most off it, parts I like most off the other, replacing the parts with whatever is to hand

    The cockpit is exceptional, the levers, although no deore, have grown on me, and I have to say it, the alvios? Like them better than the mini motos, great brakes, look hot.

    Should help shape the new bike a bit, a lock anywhere but enjoyable parts bin pompino, a single speed homer, and the. This new one? Swept bar?? V brakes?? Big tyre???

    Sure there will be significantly more chin scratching to come

    @Hulsroy this looks excellent…. If only it had more stand over and taller….., reminds me of both the stooge mentioned and also that mixte soma gravel bike. Both excellent, your little one is going to be a lucky kid!

    @josh yes, I actually really like the bike, you’d never know how much I moan about it; I’m informed it was a PITA to build, so best not to have it redistributed

  • Going to tune back in 5 years later for "What one bike to do it all?"

  • dark chocolate and lemon

    Good shout

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