Video: XC Meets BMX? Dangerholm’s Completely Custom Scott Spark

Apr 29, 2020
by Gustav Gullholm  


Down-Country. Fun-Country. Free-Country. Or maybe just like me, you like BMXC (Bicycle Motocross-Country) better. No matter what term you use it is easy to understand what it's all about in the end.

Riding a bike that lets you enjoy a lot of pedaling but still brings out a smile on the descents or whatever fun trail sections you come across. Or well, maybe you won't enjoy all the pedaling but at least a bike like this won't make you feel like it's actively trying to kill you.

These days more and more options are hitting the market. The travel is kept short but they're getting longer and slacker than ever. Just like some burly enduro bikes can be called mini-downhill bikes, or down-duro to keep with the theme here, this new breed of bikes is almost like mini-enduro bikes.

But what happens if you take a true World Cup proven XC frame and build it up with components worthy of a place on an EWS bike? Or basically - what if you build an XC bike from a fun-loving and gravity oriented Pinkbike reader's point of view?

Only one way to find out.

Inspiration and Reasons Why

If you remember some of my previous builds there's been a few memorable mile-high rigid carbon seat posts and some very lightweight stuff. But before I fell down the rabbit hole that is cross-country, I spent all my time riding BMX, downhill, and trials for a decade or more. The latter is what introduced me to cutting and drilling in bike components, but the one passion that never went away was downhill riding and I still do it a lot.

Where I live in the middle of Sweden, we have plenty of nice and relatively easy single track, but most hills or mountains worth mentioning are 15-20km away at least. So you jump on your bike, ride easy and relatively flat terrain for 20km, do the climb, enjoy the view, try to hit warp speed on the way down, and then ride back.

This is where the light and pedaling efficient racing frame comes into the picture. To make the trails fun on your way to the mountain, you want something quick and responsive. A super slack head angle won't be a lot of fun here.

But in order to enjoy the descents more or simply ride more aggressively for fun, you want a really confidence-inspiring bike. So this is where you suck up the weight penalty and go for some burly components.

When it comes to the looks, I wanted the bike to give off a vibe similar to a BMX bike, no big surprise considering the name. And while a BMX can look a million different ways I usually think matte black, chrome, and kind of beaten up. So I brought out the knife and spent too many hours stripping paint as per usual, and gave it a stealth paint job along with raw carbon and a few polished details. The absolutely massive Syncros Revelstoke 1.0 wheels helps a lot too, making the 29" wheels appear smaller and giving the bike a very compact look. Not to speak of the equally massive, for this type of frame, Fox 36 fork...

Scott Spark BMXC

Component Choice

Frame: It's now been close to four years since the latest Scott Spark chassis hit the races under Nino Schurter and the team. With a whole bunch of Scott bikes in my own stable, I might be a little bit biased, but one has to give it to them for this design. It's still one of the lightest out there while being a quite capable bike both on and off the racecourse thanks to its geometry. This one is the 100mm travel Spark RC SL, which uses their HMX SL fibers bringing the weight down to just 1750g including rear shock and all the hardware. This while I went with a heavier aluminium linkage just to match the fork.

Fork: The stock 100mm Fox 32 SC is a really nice XC race fork but when you start to really push the bike it's just a little bit too flexy. Anyone sensible would now go for the Fox 34 SC but come on, wouldn't a Fox 36 look super cool on a build like this? Said and done. With a little hacksaw work, the travel was brought down to 125mm which raises the front end up and slackens the head angle a bit. A GRIP2 damper makes it possible to squeeze maximum performance out of those millimeters. Blue dials would've been an eyesore on this murdered out build so it got a new nice set from Hopp Carbon Parts in - you guessed it - carbon fiber.

Cockpit: While a 9.5" rise chrome BMX handlebar would go with the name, I went with a Syncros Hixon iC Rise combo in 60mm length and cut down to 760mm width. Matte black, light, and strong, it ticks all the boxes. To keep things clean, I'm once again using my own custom remote setup that controls both the rear shock and the dropper seat post via one single remote and just one visible cable. This means you have Open Mode and Traction Mode but no Lockout Mode since that final step actuates the dropper. You can of course also push all the way through to raise or lower your seat and quickly release the shock back to open again.

Scott Spark BMXC

Seat combo: The seat clamp and dropper seat post comes from BikeYoke, with a 175mm drop to really get that seat out of the way. It's still quite light while featuring adjustable travel and a self-bleeding system. The seat is a Syncros Comox which is their new downhill oriented model. Not that the clever cut out at the rear for better bottom-out tire clearance is necessary on this bike with the seat sky high, but the shape is really nice and suits it well.

Brakes: Limited edition stealth black Trickstuff Piccola HD. These combine the extremely light Piccola levers with their powerful 4-piston Direttissima calipers, so they're a perfect fit for the bike. This stealth black version came about from wanting to do something with parts that had very small production mistakes, such as scratches or anodizing defects. Instead of recycling them, they're sandblasted and anodized black, a win for both the company and the environment but also for lucky riders who then can have perhaps the cleanest looking brakes out there. The discs are 180mm Formula, chosen simply because they perform well but also simply for looking great.

Piccola HD
Piccola HD

Wheels and tires: Syncros Revelstoke 1.0 are labeled as trail wheels, but they sure give the impression of being able to handle a lot more than that. Inner rim width is 31mm and the rear hub features a 78T 6-pawl setup. The odd tire combo is a 2.35" Maxxis Rekon Race out back and a 2.5" Maxxis Minion DHF up front. The idea is that the rear tire will give the bike quite a low rolling resistance but you'll still be able to corner with decent confidence thanks to the Minion DHF. To further improve ride quality and help protect the rims, they got CushCore XC tire inserts installed.

Syncros Revelstoke 1.0

Drivetrain: Up front there's a SRAM X01 Eagle crankset that has been stripped to match the UD carbon fiber frame, paired with Crankbrothers Mallet E pedals and a 36T Garbaruk chainring. A SRAM XO1 AXS system takes care of the shifting, and to further enhance the clean wireless looks I covered up the cable port in the chainstay. The cassette is a lightweight 12 speed 10-48T version, also from Garbaruk.


Scott Spark BMXC - 12.0kg / 26.5lbs including pedals

Scott Spark BMXC

Scott Spark BMXC
Scott Spark BMXC

Scott Spark BMXC



The XC Transformation

While it wasn't planned from the start, once I had the bike built up I realized that it would be so easy to turn it into a super fun but more classic XC bike. The frame is, after all, a little rocket and the overall build is quite lightweight except for the wheel setup. With the luxury of having more than one bike, I can quickly borrow and switch wheels, handlebars, and possibly the seat in order to convert the bike into something that would do well on a racecourse.

Wheels: Truly state of the art and pictures not really doing them justice, we have the Syncros Silverton SL full carbon wheels. As in FULL carbon wheels. The rims and spokes are molded in one single step, so you have continuous carbon fibers going from one side of the wheel to the other. To create tension the two center sections are spread apart and the hub shell is inserted. The result is a wheelset weighing 1307g (actual) that is extremely responsive yet providing great ride quality. And before you hit the comment section about throwing sticks between the spokes, the spokes are highly impact-resistant but if you were to break one they can actually be repaired in many cases. As long as the wheel is not too far out of true, you can simply have the spoke fixed and you're good to go.

Syncros Silverton SL

Cockpit Riding position is of course highly individual, but in general for XC riding and racing you want a very aggressive position that lets you put the power down. So here I switch the integrated Syncros Hixon cockpit to it's Fraser sibling, here in the Nino edition which is 90mm long with a -25 degree angle and 740mm wide. It's also the first and last time you'll see me with a pile of spacers on top of the stem as if it was a submarine conning tower.

Additional changes: Here the Minion DHF becomes a bit overkill so I'm running lightweight tires both front and rear. For really long rides, I can switch to the even more comfortable Syncros Belcarra V1.0 seat too.


Scott Spark BMXC - Lycra Version

Scott Spark BMXC

Scott Spark BMXC
Scott Spark BMXC

Scott Spark BMXC



Summary and What's Next

While I'm yet to put any real time on the bike, it sure seems to have hit the mark. With the size Medium frame and 60mm handlebar combo, it feels super fun and compact for my 183cm / 6.0ft height. The Fox 36 makes a huge difference in stiffness and the geometry actually seems to work out really nicely. For being an XC frame, the Spark has a very low bottom bracket so the new height is still reasonable and actually makes it feel a little bit more agile when playing around. So it turns out you sure can do a lot with a frame like this.

Now what really took me by surprise was how nice the Lycra Version turned out. I'll still go with my regular Spark RC for things like interval training or marathon racing, but for long or more casual training rides I suspect this might turn into a favorite. With the lightweight wheels, the bike is quick and responsive but the fork and 175mm dropper seat post make it a ton of fun to ride.

Spring is just arriving and with that hopefully a lot of good times on the bike, but there's plenty of work to do as well. Next up is another Spark RC build with the goal of making it simply the best, fastest and wildest XC bike out there. But this is Pinkbike and like I mentioned earlier my downhill roots are not forgotten, so there is also a World's Lightest 29" DH Bike project in the works based on the new Scott Gambler. Super light but durable and race-ready, no shortcuts. Why go for super low weight on a downhill bike? Will it break? Is this 2010 again? Will you run 3 brake disc screws?

I can answer the last part - heck no. But for the rest, feel free to keep up with the build process via my Instagram and stay tuned for the full story here on Pinkbike in a couple of months time!

2020 Gambler
A 2427g / 5.35lbs complete frameset weight is a good starting point to say the least.


Warning and disclaimer:
Please keep in mind that any modifications such as paint stripping, repainting, sanding or in any way modify frames, components or safety equipment is potentially dangerous and can lead to crashes and injuries. It will always void any and all warranties and is strongly advised against by SCOTT Sports and all other manufacturers, which take no responsibility. It is not recommended to put any travel fork on any frame, if unsure of the fork travel limit for your frame always consult a dealer or the brand directly first. If you choose to modify your bike anyway, always make sure to do so with safety in mind and remember the points above.


149 Comments

  • 110 4
 No epic thighs bursting out of jorts? The bikes are always beautiful, but these posts aren't complete without a glimpse into dangerholm's wild style as well.
  • 61 3
 I keep hitting the squat rack and the weather's getting warmer, so no worries, the Lemmy shorts and pedal pistons are just biding their time...
  • 9 0
 @bicyclerider: Growing in the depths of darkness of winter and quarantine until the day they can emerge from their uncut jean cocoons and grace this green earth exploding onto the mountain biking scene!
  • 10 38
flag me2menow (Apr 29, 2020 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 If youre into that I guess....I personally appreciated the article only being about bikes, and not some dudes shaved thighs
  • 62 1
 @me2menow: You're dangerously heterosexual aren't you.
  • 26 1
 @me2menow: LOL don't want no big strong dude leg in torn up jeans on this hur' bike site! Might tempt you to the darkside huh??
  • 11 0
 Hahahahaha, so put your seat down a bit and your automatically bmx somehow.
  • 8 27
flag me2menow (Apr 29, 2020 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 Lmao alright now I'm the one with repressed homosexual feelings. Im not the one begging for "epic thighs bursting out of jorts". Like it was funny and outlandish the first time, but it reoccurring theme reeks of self promotion. I just think it's funny that you guys are gobbling it up
  • 23 1
 I'm the HR guy from your workplace. You're all fired
  • 92 0
 Why not brakeless for the complete BMX feel?
  • 2 42
flag cky78 (Apr 29, 2020 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 Its a weird and confusing mix of XC and moto (MX). The article explains it... it the first sentence.
  • 24 1
 @cky78: Woooosh!
  • 3 0
 @finistere: Either that, or all cables and hoses wrapped around the headtube to give enough slack for the barspins etc.
  • 3 1
 @cky78: nothing mentioned about moto lol it’s BMX (bicycle motocross, been around longer than MTB)
  • 2 2
 @DirtbagMatt: "Or maybe just like me, you like BMXC (Bicycle Motocross-Country)"
literally says Motocross in the first sentence. Like I said I am confused by it though as I have never heard of this. Not sure where the "Whoosh" is, but whatever.
  • 1 1
 @cky78: BICYCLE MOTOCROSS IS BMX. THE THING WITH DIRT BIKES IS CALLED MX. you tard
  • 2 1
 @5afety3rd: Well I'm not too sure name calling is necessary. As I mentioned I was confused by the whole thing. Thanks for sorting it out for me.... a*shole? haha
  • 67 0
 I demand a comeback of polished aluminium parts.
  • 12 1
 Get an Ancillotti
  • 4 0
 It's quite trendy in retro biking, I ordered some polishing compound for my White Industries 1995 crankset (cheap version by Sugino though):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZpb6w9iN64
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: Nice! I hope it turns out well. Polished rims would be nice, virtually all of them only come in black these days. I remember Gustav writing what a pain in the ass polishing rims was. In the article about his green Gambler, I believe. Whip
  • 2 0
 @Becciu: I was going to, but no response to mail-consversation...
  • 2 0
 @bicyclerider: Is the fork just polished or was it chrome powder coated?
  • 1 0
 agreed! I've been stripping used parts with oven cleaner for a long time, but id love to just see more raw alloy options out there.
  • 5 0
 I remember high end mtb parts used to come in color options including high polish, or chrome, and low end stuff came in only black. At some point almost everything became that same boring bead blasted black, except for a brief period around 2005 there was a wave of white components.

I would love to have a modern mtb that looks high end, like a 1984 GT Pro Series, all polished silver (since chrome isn't really viable anymore) without stripping and polishing parts.
  • 2 0
 @Alexdeg: look at their website (and it's been massively updated recently, 'til a couple years ago it was straight from the early '00s). Ancillotti is a mostly one (very old school) guy operation. I think the best way to get Ancillotti is to get it on the phone.
  • 64 4
 Very very very sick bike. Absolutely nothing to do with BMX.
  • 6 1
 I was thinking exactly the same. Theres not really anything about this that screams bmx. Maybe if it was a steel frame like Starling / Swarf with some profile cranks and high rise bars.
  • 3 2
 Nicolai had the BMXTB a few years ago,for the 4X crowd: 2009.nicolai.net/products/e-frames/e-bmxtb.html
  • 26 2
 Glad to hear you like the bike! The BMX part is simply where the inspiration came from for the looks (although it's still of course very much a carbon mountainbike), and in what kind of spirit the bike is meant to be ridden. To me XC riding is a lot about training/speed/time/counting kilometers but this bike is meant to be ridden for fun more like in the mindset I used to ride BMX.
Maybe think of it a little bit like how a house can have a living room with a nautical theme, but that doesn't mean you have to put an Evinrude on the porch and go to sea with it haha.
  • 1 0
 @bicyclerider: Very nice bike Gustav. It looks really clean and stealthy, but still stands out with all that beautiful polishing. That Fox 36 fork looks sick. Great job and your bike not only looks cool, but must be a lot of fun to ride. I'm also a fan of the Spark, as I have the 2015 Scott Spark 700SL, which is the last year Scott made the lightweight "SL" version with 120mm of travel front/rear.

Although I did not do nearly the changes you did, I also made my Spark more "trail worthy (or downcountry, funcountry if you will). Finally giving up a bit on that weight weenie thing, 1st I removed those skinny & scary to ride Thunder Burt tires and replaced with 2.35" Ardent Race tires to still keep it light and fast. I then removed that rigid carbon seatpost and replaced with a oneup dropper. I also went with thicker (35mm) Race Face stem/bars, changing stem from 70mm to 50mm & changing bars from 700mm to 760mm width. I also upgraded the Fox 32 to the Fox 34 SC fork. Other small changes are ESI extra chunky grips and RF Next cranks.

For a full suspension bike with 120mm travel & all these trail worthy upgrades, my Spark still only weighs 23.4lbs with pedals (Time Atac Carbon Ti) & bottle cage, which is crazy light, especially for a size "Large" frame (I'm just over 5' 10"). Although it does not have all the newest frame geometry, etc, it is definitely more capable on the downhills now, and most importantly, it is still an absolute rocketship on the climbs. Although it does not look as quite as cool as your custom build, the matte carbon black with Scott Racing orange does look hot (although not everyone may agree..) I would post a pic, but not easy on PB. I do have a small pic on my profile page or I can send a PM to you if you want.

Again, thanks Gustav for posting your Spark RC SL build. Keep up the good work...
  • 1 0
 @jawa: this is basically what I ride; lightweight steel with all Saint kit. It's the best.
  • 47 3
 This is more like the anti-bmx. Carbon, electric components and wagon wheels are everything the bmx world doesn’t want. Just look at Ruben Alcantara’s latest full suspension bmx build.
  • 3 5
 Agreed I dont get the fetish of bmxing" or "mxing" a mtb. All three are good! Its like the mtb version of virtue signaling.
  • 2 0
 Well said - The only things I like are the blackened Maxxis graphics.
  • 4 0
 It's a bmx bike designed by someone who has never seen a bmx bike but it was described to the designer by someone else who has never seen a bmx bike, but that person had another person describe it to them.
  • 25 0
 Words elude me. What a work of art.
  • 8 0
 Agreed. Gustav makes rideable art
  • 2 0
 @leelau: I'm not sure about rideable, I wouldn't ride it, I'd be too scared I'd scratch or damage it! And I'd have to stop looking at it if I rode it, another reason I wouldn't.
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: Thats the genious with these raw carbon customs, the frame is already scratched over and over again before it even was assembled so no worries...
  • 15 0
 That bike looks really nice.
  • 18 0
 This man has inspired me to take a hacksaw & paint stripper to my bike. I am sure it is going to turn out great.
  • 6 1
 @ninjatarian: Haha I'm not sure if I should be proud or feel guilty, either way you had me laughing. Best of luck with the project!
  • 11 0
 WAIT!!!!! You did all of that to look like a BMX and then no FLAT PEDALS??? So ashamed....
  • 3 0
 Can't upvote enough!
  • 4 0
 BMX racing though...not to many flat pedals at the startgates.
  • 1 0
 @filmdrew: I'll give you one
  • 1 0
 Not to worry, got flat pedals for it too! Just happened to do the shot with these, but well, guess I'll feel a little bit ashamed still haha.
  • 11 0
 Cleanest looking Bike EVER!
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns Why haven't you ever mentioned the new Scott Gambler in your "DH to enduro conversion" rants? The frame is about 6 pounds if you don't scrape the clear coat off it. Thats lighter than 80% of enduro and trail bike frames.
  • 3 1
 Also the Commencal Supreme DH. The seat angle isnt that bad and High Pivot!
  • 4 11
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 29, 2020 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 @NotNamed: yeah, but it weighs more than my Enduro bike and DJ together.
@hamncheez: because Scott carbon bikes are as exciting as Treks and costs almost as much as Antidote. I get whole Öhlins kitted frameset from Canfield in the price of carbon frame from fkng Scott. I will never pay more than 10% extra for Scott, Trek, Merida or Cannondale or bloody almost anything as common, than for an YT or Canyon.
  • 2 2
 @WAKIdesigns: So you are buying a Canefield? I'm committing you now to it. Pull the money from your kids college fund, society is going to collapse before they grow up anyways
  • 15 4
 @hamncheez: we don’t need college funds because of this thing we have here... higher taxes which go to financing schools, universities, and they even give like 150$ to students per month and then it is mich easier for students to find job because on many faculties we don’t just throw tons of books on them because we’re sadists like professors in Poland... Swedes these bloody socialists! :ducks:
  • 4 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Agreed. I have a loathing for Trek bikes in particular because they (mainly speaking about the slash and remedy) are really just too expensive for what they are. No one is raving about their amazing geometry, and the spec's are pretty trash. The only way I would ever buy one is if I got an amazing discount. (which they do give out quite often, so I guess they have that going for them). Taking the Remedy 8 ($4000), and putting it up against the Commencal Meta am29 ($3700). The Commencal has a better rear shock, fork, brake set, dropper, and they both have the same drive train. And the trek is $300 more expensive. Come on Trek.....
  • 7 0
 Should be more clean design bikes like this. Lot's of BIG LOGOs getting outdated.
  • 8 0
 Why not a 27.5 for BMXC?
  • 9 2
 Some one has never seen a BMX in thier life.
  • 4 1
 interestingly, you can buy almost every carbon bit of this, including the frame, from Chinese companies on eBay. I am not condoning that, but it would be interesting to see a comparison test between a scott/syncro build and an identical Trifox build.
  • 4 0
 I was expecting steek cranks, high bars, and single speed.... This bike is rad. Bmx wouldn't come to mind for me personally...it just looks rad....
  • 3 0
 The BMX influence is only going to grow as people get older, switch to mtb's but still want to have that same rush as they did on their 20's.
  • 3 0
 It´s super fun going on roadtrips with the same crew you went with 20 years ago, then on dirtbag street riding missions or taking a train for 12 hours to some jam in the dead of winter. Same vibes now only heading into the mountains and camping out by pristine lakes.

Also fun stopping mid ride to session some weird rock slab setup like it was a street bank.

Fun times on bikes are not bike size specific. I really get the BMXC thing, used to call my On-One Parkwood just that, it rode and got used like a 29er BMX fit for trailriding.
  • 7 2
 What does it have to do with BMX
  • 1 0
 Umm , Its black.... Every bmx is carbon with low spoke count wheels - haha. Forget those profile cranks and primo powerbite pedals.
  • 2 1
 Always a fan of his projects. He seems to always break from typical conventions and push the limitations of what you can do with a bike. This is just another prime example of that. I'd love to get myself that Hixon handlebar as well. Such a nice clean look!!
  • 5 0
 Danger Holm: My new bike category... BMXC!
Me: Kinda just looks like an XC
  • 3 0
 Cool bike but I don't get it
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: It's means downcountry in Swedish.
  • 1 0
 I probably game too much but I read BMXC as Bad Manner XC, which actually makes a lot of sense too!
Since you do not really seem to have a budget for those bikes, why not go full exotic swagger and slap and eewing crank? IIRC it's almost the same weight and the eagle crank.

The last question, since I keep track of most of your projects on Instagram, are all the bikes you build for you? Or do you have commissions? (e.g show bike from Scott, plastic surgeons etc.. ) If not, is it something you'd be interested in pursuing? You did Lotus themed bikes and MTB is actually super popular among F1 pilots.. maybe they'd be down to pay top dollar for a blinged-out superbike.
  • 1 0
 Hmmm... Mini enduro bike... I believe Nino doesn't use this version of the frame, he uses the non sl version as he prefers the extra durability.... If it's not up for an xc race can it really be classed as a mini enduro bike???
  • 3 1
 Hey Scott, we know you read these comments so here’s a suggestion for you: that modified twin lock remote is genius (pun intended) and you should definitely adopt it.
  • 7 0
 Please don't, Scott. With this setup, to drop or raise my seat, I'd first have to switch the shock into traction mode, and then press another lever to reset the shock back into fully open mode? I don't find this practical at all, I'm guessing this idea was born out of the vanity of having one less cables in the cockpit but this doesn't seem like a worthwhile compromise.
  • 1 0
 BMCs approach is better
  • 2 0
 I want to polish my 36 but i feel it would be too Gaudy with the gold frame, which by the way i hate the color but thats what was offered last year. :-(
  • 4 0
 Mini-Enduro?
More like Micro-Enduro if you ask me.
  • 2 0
 I see no bmx here, only xc. Has PB moved on from "down country" to "bmxc"? It's even more ridiculous, if you were to ask me. Love the polished aluminum though.
  • 1 0
 Agree no bmx after the color scheme
  • 2 2
 Don’t get me wrong, these builds are all brilliant, but they’ve all been a bit same-y for me recently. Take a Scott frame (meh, I know he has a relationship with them but still), strip all the paint off, then attach a ton of de-logo’d bling, polishing a few bits, done. The one lever shock/dropper thing was cool, but flawed and superseded by AXS by the time it was finished (as with any hidden gear cable thing he’s done). What was outside the box 2 years ago is run of the mill now. The game needs to be upped.
As for the frames I’m sure some other manufacturers would like to be associated with him, even if it was just for show builds. Better yet, give him free reign with a custom builder or someone like Nicolai or Atherton.
  • 3 1
 Next up is a build with full AXS, brake hoses hidden in the handlebars and a stealth routed Live Valve system. So the game will be upped haha. Glad you still like the bikes though, cheers!
  • 1 0
 @bicyclerider: any more colours than Raw carbon & polished?
  • 2 1
 @tomhoward379: You mean like my can-be-seen-from-space Klein-inspired Scale or the BRG Spark with around twice as much paint as any other bike? Wink Jokes aside, it will be fully painted.
  • 1 0
 @bicyclerider: oh I know about those, it’s just the last 2 or 3 that seemed a little *cough* dull Wink

Weren’t you going to do a light dual crown enduro bike at some point?
  • 2 2
 So he over forked it and put tougher wheels on it. What's so crazy about that? Schmucks like me have been doing that to our trail bikes for a while now. "It's basically an enduro bike" no, it's not, it's still a XC/trail bike.
  • 3 0
 the difference is you ride a marin.
  • 2 0
 Its black - that's about where the bmx thing stops. Should be 4130 STEEL for crying out loud. Needs profile cranks. Needs wheels with more spokes
  • 3 0
 So it's a Bicycle Motocross Down Country bike
  • 2 0
 BMXDC in the house yo!
  • 1 1
 Super cool build, but curious if anyone wasn't sponsored by Scott, why they wouldn't just go for something like an SB100? Ripley? Many other downcountry bikes. We already created an annoying name for this genre!
  • 7 0
 I did this with an SB100. I have two forks, a 130mm 36 Grip2 and a 100mm 32 Step-Cast, and two wheel sets.

www.vitalmtb.com/community/GregorHayes,50943/setup,41359?ptab
  • 2 0
 My V3 Ripley current build, Fox 36 140 Grip2 with DPX2. Being a big guy (225) I could feel the flex with the Fox 34 and the DPS would just get overwhelmed on longer DH runs.
  • 2 0
 @GregorHayes: Nice combo: progressive bike setup & artful paint job, too. Right on!
  • 1 0
 @GregorHayes: Hi Gregor, how did you travel the 36 to 130mm? Did you just use a air shaft from a 34 and combinded it with the plastic parts from a 36er air shaft?

I want to do this so badly but I am a bit unsure if this works.

Thank for replying, stay safe and healthy!
  • 1 0
 @scrump: I did it the same way Gustav did, but I know places like Worldwide Cyclery and The Lost Co sell 130mm air shafts for the 36.
  • 2 0
 Genuinely disappointed that there was no footage of him going to work on the paint with a knife
  • 4 0
 follow him on insta
  • 2 0
 He does these insane builds all the time. Does he get get free build kit from companies or is he just really wealthy?
  • 1 0
 He did it again. Thanks Gustav! We love to see these bikes you're building. Especially when our parts are on those insane machines. Keep it up.
  • 3 2
 The guy that builds his own DH bike from scratch is "completely custom." This is mostly just bolting expensive shit to a production frame.
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 Not that I'm a weight weenie (nor do I want to do the math) but how much does the XC version weigh?
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 When is Scott just going to cave and start sending Gustav raw framesets? He saves hours and they save the 'don't strip this frame of its paint work' disclaimer.
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 This homeboy is the very best brand of crazy. Keep up the sick work, pretty soon we'll have a whole calendar worth.
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 The Muppets Show`s Swedish cook makes custom bikes now??? Good to see him back!!! Smile
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 All of that chatter and not ONE clip of him riding it ! Lets see what this Bmxcountry looks like !
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 The weights are important and all but let's get down to the number we all want to see: the best estimate of the total build cost.
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 @saturnine: While still completely insane that's honestly not as bad as I thought it would be.
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 Mmm... chrome
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 I wanna have that budget.. dear me, this stuff looks expensive... but yeah, it is georgeous
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 My favorite dangerholm bike so far, this thing ticks all boxes for me.
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 I drooled so much i almost drowned in my own saliva. Wish bikes came out of the factory looking like this.
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 For starters it would a riser bar to deserve being called a BMX.
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 what is happening right now
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 Gotta ask what the weight difference is when switching the bike into full XC mode?
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 For once I'm a little surprised at the overall weight. Was kind of expecting it to be low 20s.
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 I have a Scott Spark RC SL with AXS and Synchros handlebars. It's a perfect bike. 9.6 kg.
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 Bmx use clipless now? Im out of the loop so news to me.
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 another great result. would be incredible to ride. what's the weight of the lycra version? @bicyclerider
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 BMXC Yee-fvckin'-haa!!! Reckon it needs a 50 or 60mm rise handlebar but other than that, sweet!
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 LOOKS SO FUN! Other than the bar/stem + pedals I wouldn't change a thing if I was given this.
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 I have a Spark. hmmm
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 she's a beaut clark
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 I can't wait to see the next version with the Fox 38!
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 Love those brushed silver bits
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 Super sick bike and a really excellent bike check as well.
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 Those wheels look incredible. Wonder how they hold up IRL.
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 The BMXC version looks fun as hell!
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 Love the brake setup. Seems like the ultimate trail brake combo!
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 What's the weight of the lycra version?
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 How to make a modern fork look like its from the 90s
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 6ft tall in a medium...? BMX for sure
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 Xs frame with 32" wheels...
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 Spark with 36's you say. Awesome!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18602715
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 Those calipers and especially the levers are gorgeous!
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 Another amazingly gorgeous build
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 i feel like when that seat post is up he's sitting on top of the rear axle
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 crazy good !
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 She's a looker for sure.
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 so basically they put 4 pots & bigger tyres on XC bike. It still looks like a pish XC bike - can't polish a turd
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 frame prob lasted 20 min ride max
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