MBR: The Onza Payoff delivers a comfortable and engaging ride
The Payoff is like a hipster with a Macbook — trendy, up to date but with retro styling. To start with, the bike has a single-ring drivetrain with no provision for anything as uncool and cluttering as a front mech. Onza uses its own brand narrow-wide 32t chainring, too. The frame itself is made from good-old-fashioned 4130 cro-mo steel, but it’s been electroplated to prevent corrosion. It’s sometimes beautiful and sometimes a bit odd looking: the modern tapered head tube sits at odds with the skinny tubes it butts up against. Then there’s the big forged yoke at the confluence of the BB shell and chainstays — it looks like something from the late, great, Fred Dibnah’s workshop. But then there are touches of genius too; the sweep of the chainstays around the rear wheel gives loads of tyre clearance, and the curved brace connecting it to the seatstays is neat.