As you may have heard we have an exciting new bikepacking film due for release very soon called Rainspotting. The film follows 6 of us as we head north to the remote Grampian Mountains of Scotland to put our new gravel frame the Mehteh through its paces and scout out an ambitious new route for the guys at Pannier. You can read a fantastic write up on the trip on the Pannier journal here…

In total we took a fleet of 6 Brother bikes up to Scotland – 2 Mehtehs, 3 Big Bros and a Kepler Disc – which had to survive rain, sleet and snow whilst carrying film equipment and all the kit required to survive 84 hours in the remote Scottish Highlands.

Here’s a breakdown of each rider and their rig:

Stefan Amato / Navigator and Pannier Tour Leader
Bike: Brother Cycles Mehteh – Size Medium
Build/Kit Highlights: A great example of a Mehteh with 650b wheels. This allowed us to fit some big 2.1″ WTB Nano tyres, perfect for the rougher sections of single track we encountered along the way. And of course Stef’s adventure brolly… never go bikepacking without one!

David Sear / Photographer and Pannier Tour Leader
Bike: Brother Cycles Big Bro – Size X-Large
Build Highlights: Probably our favourite setup of the trip. That huge custom frame bag making the most of the frame’s large main triangle and Ortlieb lowrider bags up front gave this bike a solid tank-like feel… although not that nimble on the (many) hike-a-bike sections.

Will Meyer / Brother Cycles Co-founder
Bike: Brother Cycles Mehteh – Size Large
Build/Kit Highlights: We built this Mehteh up with 700c wheels and 42mm WTB Resolute tyres – a very fast all-round gravel setup which could handle all but the roughest sections.

Luke Francis / Cameraman & Film Maker
Bike: Brother Cycles Kepler Disc – Size 52cm
Build/Kit Highlights: Luke not only had to carry the basic kit but also his Fujifilm X-T3 camera and everything he needed to keep it running for 84 hours. So we fitted anything cages and stuff sacks to his forks to free up space in his other bags to accommodate essential camera equipment.

Taylor Doyle / Cloud 9 Cycles
Bike: Brother Cycles Big Bro – Size Small
Build Highlights: This was pretty much an off the shelf Big Bro complete – 29er wheels and 2.25″ WTB Ranger tyres seem to hit a sweet spot for the Big Bro when bikepacking on varied terrain. Taylor swapped out the standard bars for a set of Jones Loop Bars which are super comfy for long days in the saddle.

Jordan Gibbons / Part of the original Beulah crew… just along for the ride!
Bike: Brother Cycles Big Bro – Size Medium
Build Highlights: This bike has been through a lot! It actually belongs to Stefan and is his go to bike for leading Pannier trips as well as his trusty steed for the 1,700km Silk Road Mountain Race, still going strong after all those miles.

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