Founded in 2011 by Paul Burford and Tam Hamilton, BTR was created by two mountain bikers who shared a dream: to design, build, and ride the world’s best bikes. Tam moved on in 2019 but Burf remains firmly at the helm and continues to build premium mountain bikes by hand right here in the UK.
A love of riding fast bikes and a dream of creating no-BS, no-hype frames right at home in the UK is the foundation of BTR. Naturally, it all began in an adjustable homemade jig in the shed at the end of the garden, and testing began in August 2011. Since then things developed massively; from humble beginnings with small, custom projects to steady sales, a web store, and a proper workshop. In 2019 Tam decided it was time to move on (read all about it here), but Burf continues to power the BTR helm on his own. Of course, one thing has never changed, and that’s BTR’s raw passion and the hard graft that goes into this labour of love.
From The Ground Up
Filmed by geebeebee media, ‘From The Ground Up’ is a documentary about the origins of the BTR frame build process and the things that make us tick, shot over a weekend in the workshop-shed in April 2013.
‘From The Ground Up’ reflects a lot about BTR; it’s how we built the business, and how we design and build frames. While this is still true of our ethos, our workshop and build process have progressed a lot in the time since From The Ground Up was made.