Stayer Groadinger UG gravel frameset and wheels review

Will this hand built frame- and wheelset help you build the steel gravel bike of your dreams?

Stayer Groadinger UG frameset
(Image: © Taylor Doyle)

Cyclingnews Verdict

An incredibly capable gravel machine that feels remarkably light for a steel frame and ploughs through most off-road terrains with buttery smoothness


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    Super capable on the rough stuff

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    Comfortable Columbus steel soaks up all the bumps

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    Big tyre clearances

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    Lightweight but robust

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    Hand built frame and wheels


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    No rear rack mounts (but available as an option)

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If you’ve never heard of Stayer before, that’s because it’s a very small outfit in East London that builds what I believe to be some of the most beautiful steel-framed gravel and adventure bikes currently available. Headed up by cycling power couple Sam and Judith (pronounced Yu-dit) Stayer Cycles offers several models of off-road adventure machines, from the chunky tyred OMG to the Groadinger UG, which it describes as an “ultra grav grav kitchen sink gravel bike built for adventure groading and fast off roadin’.” 

I was not only fortunate enough to get my hands on a Groadinger UG for testing, but since Stayer had never before had a request for an extra small frame — all its bikes are made to order — I offered up my measurements to help the team bring an XS frame into its line-up for the first time. It seems a fair exchange: Stayer gets an extra frame size and geometry to offer its clientele, and I get a custom made-to-measure gravel bike to play with. 

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike