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Dangerholm's Scott Ransom Enduro Project

Dec 22, 2022 at 10:32
by Danger Holm  
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Dear Pinkbike, in the last few years you've put up with a lot of things from me. Chasing every single gram, polishing everything that can be polished and running stems longer than dropper travel. Even routing cables not just through the headset, but through the steerer tube and handlebars as well. A far cry from the sensible bikes and components you usually prefer and praise.

It has honestly always surprised me a bit that you've been so positive overall to my rather crazy ideas and work. I guess it comes down to you as passionate cyclists recognizing that there's been a lot of passion poured into these builds, coming from a small town garage in Sweden. And that they're built to actually ride well. Even if it's not your usual style or something you'd ever want to ride yourself, interesting and cool bikes are always a good thing. Or maybe it's just about the short shorts, but what do I know?

Either way I'm incredibly thankful for all of this, it truly means a lot. No matter if it's a funny comment or a good discussion.

The bike presented here takes a step away from the usual Dangerholm route though. Sure, you'll find plenty of fancy components and a quite special paint job. But there's no weightweenie-ism, no cables going through the headset, no Dr... almost no Dremel work and there's barely any carbon fiber either. Instead you'll find a heavy-duty, performance oriented aluminum bike. It's almost like a normal bike.

So in a way - this one's for you guys.

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Frame, Flashbacks and General Enduro Thoughts

To be honest this is actually my first true enduro bike. At least in the sense that it's based on an enduro labeled frame with a good few enduro labeled components.

As a funny coincidence my first ever Scott bike was a 2006 Ransom 30, which was the very first generation of the Ransom. Back then I think it was labeled as "All Mountain," but it was quite something with its massive Equalizer shock and pretty cool looks. And with modern enduro bikes being used for a lot more than actual enduro stage racing, I guess you could say I've had a few bikes that could fall into this bracket. Most notably perhaps when I slapped a 1x12 Eagle cassette and derailleur along with a dropper on my "World's Lightest 29" DH" Gambler. At 14.60kg / 32.19lbs (including pedals and CushCore) it was a very cool setup to ride, and with a climb switch on the rear shock and a steeper seat angle it would've been an absolute beast.

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The one downduro bike to rule them all?

But fast forward to 2022 and I get my hands on a very different Scott Ransom 30 compared to my old one. This 170mm frame chassis was introduced to the market in 2019, and received high praise in the Pinkbike Field Test for that model year.

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My 2006 Scott Ransom 30...
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...and its 2022 counterpart.

So even a few years after its launch I think it's fair to say that it's a very good and well-rounded bike, and the aluminum Ransom 30 has probably been one of the most popular from the range.

While it was tempting to go for a raw aluminum look, I ended up painting the bike in a flip-paint called "Golden Night". It flips between a golden brown hue to blueish purple, and completely messes with your head in a good way when watching the bike in certain lights. A few small parts were painted to match, as well as white logos to add some contrast.

For once there were very few modifications to do, although I did have to Dremel out the cable opening hole a little in the shock cradle of the frame to create clearance for the Intend Hover Gamechanger rear shock.

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Suspension

Speaking of suspension, it is of course a crucial part of what makes a good enduro bike. While I'm generally a big fan of rear shock remotes, for this build I decided to skip it and focus purely on downhill performance. This bike wasn't going to be a lightweight punchy climber also used for occasional trail riding, so a fire road friendly lock-out lever would be sufficient in that aspect.

After considering a coil shock for a while, I ended up going for the unique looking Intend Hover Gamechanger rear shock. I had simply been so blown away by its performance when using the non-lockout version on my Gambler downhill bike.

The mantra for air shocks has been "coil-like feel" for years and years now, but this thing really does deliver. It feels almost impossibly supple at the beginning of its stroke. There's a huge negative air chamber that you set to a slightly higher pressure than the positive chamber. You start by filling up both chambers, then you close the small silver dial to close the chambers off and add more to the negative one. The Hover is constructed to run very high pressures, and normally you set the negative chamber around 5 bar higher than the positive.

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Quite unique in both looks and performance.
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The small silver dial separates the air chambers, and tokens can be installed under the big flat screw.

You also have low speed rebound and low speed compression dials, and while impossible to reach with your fingers on this bike they can be turned without removing the shock. The upside-down placement of the trunnion mount, due to the stock shock and its remote cable, means that it's a very tight fit and not recommended in general. As mentioned above the shock won't even fit without a little bit of warranty voiding. But on a one-off build like this, trying to push performance to the max, it works.

Luckily the lockout switch is quite easy to reach, and interestingly this shock truly locks out. Not just firming up the compression, but a better lockout than most cross-country bike shocks. You can also easily adjust the ramp up, by emptying the air chambers and installing o-rings that sit behind the flush looking bolt next to the air valve.

Another interesting thing is that the damper sits separately from the air spring, instead of a traditional setup with the damper in the center of the air spring. So if you worry about heat management, this along with the huge surface area means that this might just be the shock for you.

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Blackline is the brand's line available through select stores such as r2-bike.com.
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Perhaps the nicest cable routing out there at the moment?

If the rear shock looks special the fork is even more attention grabbing. Also from Intend, the Ebonite Bandit is the brand's "regular side up" fork and the Bandit addition means it's a 1.5" crown fork.

While it's easy to think that the extra stanchion and crown is there for stiffness reasons, that is just a positive side effect since it's all about air spring performance. The extra stanchion threads on instead of the usual top cap, and it's super easy to install since you just use the crown to tighten it with. Inside sits a second positive air chamber, which is set to twice the pressure of the regular first air chamber. The latter you adjust from a valve at the bottom of the fork, and self-equalizes with the negative chamber just like on most other forks these days. But why two positive chambers?

As the fork compresses it will only use the first positive chamber, but as you go deeper you will activate the second positive air chamber, with them functioning as one huge single air spring. The benefit is that the beginning stroke of your travel will be super supple since it operates as a lower pressure, but for the bigger bumps you get more support thanks to the second air chamber. Looking at the spring curve it is almost linear like a coil spring.

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The Bandit 1,5 crown extension is optional and adds another air chamber.

So in the end you get absolutely great small bump sensitivity while maintaining support and control. You can also set the limit of the separating piston, which effectively gives you control over the progression of the last 20mm of travel.

And finally, let's not forget the beautiful looks of this fork. Everything is machined including the lowers, and the cable routing is super clean with the brake hose being fastened in place with a carbon fiber plate on the back of the fork bridge. If you can't get over the Bandit extension, just remember you can run it as a traditional single crown as well.

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Brakes

Trickstuff Maxima.
I could probably just leave it at that, and have the comment section point out that the wait for them is long and that they're expensive. And while that is true, let's not forget that they're probably the best performing brakes on the market. Incredible braking power, super consistent and with great lever feel. So while the wait to get a set is unfortunate they're on the other hand an upgrade you probably take with you from bike to bike.

Compared to many other options it's also nice that you can get any spare part for them to keep them running for years and years. In fact, I'm quite sure that you still can get the spare parts for the first brakes Trickstuff ever released, so it's a great brand in that aspect.

As for the price, I find it both interesting and strange that brakes on mountain bikes for some reason almost always are supposed to be great value and that good enough is... well, good enough. You see every other bike with Kashima coating, expensive carbon bits and what not but if you buy a set of brakes for around €1000 you're suddenly a madman. We're seeking marginal gains in almost all areas of the bike but braking performance is often a low priority.

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Personally I find it extremely important, especially for gravity focused bikes. It lets you ride with more confidence and keeps your arms and hands fresh longer, things that in the end most likely will allow you to go faster. And while Trickstuff Maxima with their Trickstuff Power brake pads and nice 200mm (or bigger) brake discs are the dream, I welcome this discussion on all levels. From how we're finally starting to get bigger discs on entry level bikes to the top level stuff.

But first, just look at these beauties!

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Wheels

Next on the list of important things for a good enduro bike: bombproof wheels.

At the center you'll find some of the coolest hubs ever. Made in the U.S.A to extremely good tolerances, the Onyx Racing Products with their sprag clutch system is something quite unique. Instead of using pawls or ratchet rings like traditional hubs, their patented sprag clutch means instant engagement and completely silent coasting. The latter is a real eye opener (ear opener?) since it really transforms your riding experience. All you hear when coasting is the tires grabbing the dirt, your brakes working and the wind. Well, if you managed to silence your chain slap and other possible noises that is.

I'm the first to say that I enjoy a good freewheel sound coming from a quality hub, but this is just another dimension.

Used here you'll find their Classic rear hub and a Helix front hub, and just like all Onyx hubs they come stock with hybrid ceramic bearings. I opted for powder coat white but you can get them in most colors you can think of, including monthly limited editions.

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They were then built up by German wheelset specialist Radsporttechnik Müller using their in-house brand MFX Carbon rims. While these guys can build you carbon spoke sub1000g 29" wheels I went in the opposite direction with the burliest rim they have to offer. In fact they do have an MDURO Carbon rim aimed specifically for the enduro crowd, but I chose the slightly heavier DH rim since bombproof was the goal.

The wall thickness on these 30mm inner width rims is ridiculous, and judging from how they've handled all the serious hits and sharp rocks up until this point I've never had more monstertrucking-friendly wheels. They're definitely on the stiffer end of the spectrum, so if that's your thing these rims could be a really good option.

Built up with Sapim spokes they weigh 2181g and look absolutely massive.

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For tires my go to option is Maxxis Assegai in DD or DH version. There's just something about the predictability in any lean angle that makes me able to go faster on them. But it's easy to get comfortable just riding your favorites year after year and possibly miss out on great alternatives, so to try something new I went for the 2,4" Krypotal Front and Rear from Continental's new line-up. I won't turn this into a personal tire review, but they've definitely stepped it up with these new tires and seem to be getting good reviews in general.

It's all set up tubeless with Syncros Eco Sealant and so far I haven't been running any inserts.

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Drivetrain

Up front there is an Intend Rocksteady crankset in silver finish. While I'm not the one to shy away from carbon fiber cranksets, it's nice to never have to worry about rock strike damage or any other problems. Except for good looks they feature a 30mm spindle and a Cinch chainring interface, leaving you with plenty of options.

I went with what's perhaps one of the nicest chainrings on the market at the moment, the Actofive Signature chainring. Probably better known for their amazing CNC machined frames made in Germany, they offer a few select drivetrain components separately too.

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The bottom bracket comes from CeramicSpeed and your first thought upon reading this might be "Why on earth would you run ceramic bearings on an enduro bike?" But there actually is some sound reasoning for it. Yes they are expensive and most people get them to save a bit of drivetrain friction, but the overall quality really is great and they're super easy to service as well. The Rocky Mountain EWS team running them with Jesse Melamed doing the full season on the same bottom bracket, can be taken as some real world proof of that.

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Shifting is done with a SRAM GX AXS derailleur matched to a SRAM XX1 AXS shifter, the latter simply because it better matches the color of the AXS dropper remote. The derailleur has also been upgraded with CeramicSpeed pulley wheels that have been custom polished to go nicely with the silver Garbaruk 12-speed cassette. Silver cassettes keep on being my favorites since they stay looking fresh longer.

For pedals I'm running a set of Crankbrothers Mallet E in a custom silver finish.

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Cockpit

There are plenty of Intend bits to match the machined looks of the suspension, and first out is the Stiffmaster upper headset. As the name suggests this unique headset is meant to improve stiffness, perhaps making it a little bit overkill together with the Ebonite Bandit fork. But it's perfect if ever running the fork as a regular single crown, and either way the well sealed huge bearing inside should mean trouble free ownership. Because compared to traditional headsets with their rather small bearings with angled interface, this heavy duty bearing looks more like it belongs in your bottom bracket.

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The stem is a rather beautiful Intend Grace EN in 50mm which is held in place with their Smarty top cap system. As one of the few really lightweight parts on this build it's a perfect match to the Schmolke Carbon Lowriser DH handlebar which is about as light as things get considering the 780mm width. Having pulled this from my old Scott Gambler "British Racing Green" it weighed in at a mere 178g before paint. At 6 degrees it features a little less back sweep than most handlebars, but I've always felt surprisingly comfortable on it.

The grips are Syncros AM Lock-On and they're available in two diameters, with me going for the bigger. It's a welcome sight to see more grips offered in different diameters, since it can make such a dramatic difference in comfort and control.

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The seat post is a regular RockShox Reverb AXS in 170mm drop held in place by an Intend Corona seat clamp, and on top there's a Syncros Tofino 1.0 R saddle with carbon fiber rails.

To round things up there's a Syncros iS Cache bottle cage with a neat little multitool, chain breaker and missing link holder built in.

Scott Ransom 30 - Weight: 15.91kg / 35.08lbs including pedals

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Summary
While lacking some of the crazy carbon parts and modifications of my other builds, this turned into an amazing bike.

Any rider would be hard pressed to find a weak link, as everything pretty much breathes performance and reliability through and through. Some might argue that it should've been built with a carbon frame, but I'd say that if there are any bikes where it makes sense to run solid aluminum frames with top level components its enduro and downhill bikes.

The weight at around a very much normal 16kg / 35lbs is a big change for me personally. I can definitely feel the 2.5kg difference to my Gambler downhill bike, and while I can see the appeal of a heavier bike for gravity riding I must say that I prefer the lower weight. But that aspect comes down to personal preference, and either way you can definitely go stupid fast on this Ransom.

Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments what you think and feel free to keep up all the other builds via my Instagram.

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All the details.

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Wait a minute, those aren't shorts...
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Good times with Aosta Valley Freeride. Photo: Daniel Geiger

PS. Unfortunately I didn't have a short shorts photo with the Ransom, but here's one with the brand new Genius which you can take as a hint of things to come. Because with two "World's lightest" projects and cables to be routed where no cable has ever been routed before, there's a lot in the pipeline.

But maybe I should build a Genius "PB Edition" with external cables first?



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145 Comments
  • 230 0
 Not only are the shorts struggling to contain the legs, the goggles are struggling to contain the brain
  • 6 1
 Haha. Right?! Is this a real article?
  • 23 1
 @ldw222: You must be new to Dangerholm
  • 12 0
 Looks a bit like Bender from Futurama. Big Grin
  • 3 2
 Chicken legs
  • 2 0
 that's Genius
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: nah. Thatsa ransom he already built a genius. Just wanna spark a little discussion ✨️
  • 1 0
 2024 trends.
  • 130 0
 Dangerholm's legs are an Ebike conversion kit. Sweet looking builds!
  • 6 0
 i was expecting the fizzy buble to appear or mossad
  • 52 1
 It may not be super lightweight, but for the intended use, that weight is certainly reasonable. And it looks incredible, of course.

I only wish I didn't need to hold @notoutsideceo for ransom to afford to build one for myself!
  • 19 2
 But it is missing a bashguard and chainguide for that intended use
  • 8 0
 @bashhard: Fair enough. But I don't think the added weight of those parts is significant. You could always remove the .5 stanchion/ crown thing and more than offset the weight gain from the bash and guide, if weight is important to you.

Obviously, (and especially to you), the bash guard is important.
  • 6 0
 @bashhard: the Ransom can’t take a ISCG chainguide/bash. It’s the biggest complaint I have with mine.
  • 17 0
 @bashhard: username almost checked out
  • 1 0
 @exastronaut you are talking about the legs, right?
  • 48 4
 I always enjoy seeing what he is going to do with a bike. He’s a real world lab experiment/mad scientist. The fact that he pokes fun at himself makes it that much better.
  • 11 33
flag vhdh666 (Dec 29, 2022 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 what is science about his work?
  • 21 3
 @vhdh666: it's not science, it's mad science. That's completely different.
  • 18 3
 @vhdh666: Geez, For all you literalists out there, how about mad tinkerer?
  • 3 10
flag vhdh666 (Dec 29, 2022 at 22:40) (Below Threshold)
 @endoguru: mad tinkerer, that's it. Thanks!
  • 41 0
 Everyone needs a pair of short shorts.
  • 28 0
 short jorts*
  • 2 0
 Legit question: riding in jeans/jorts - does the "knub" where all the seams overlap not just destroy your taint when in the saddled? I don't see how it doesn't.
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: "ride" specific jorts my friend - game changer for you and your taint. Ripton and HandUp make some rad ones
  • 7 0
 "Wait a minute, those aren't shorts" is precisely the thought the jumped into my head at that photo, followed by bursting out laughing when I saw the caption
  • 30 1
 Love it, Dangerholm is the Pinkbike “MAN OF THE YEAR”!!!
  • 14 87
flag KeithShred (Dec 29, 2022 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 Saying 'man' is offensive now
  • 53 7
 @KeithShred: what is not offensive is for me to say f*ck off twat.
  • 21 8
 @KeithShred: ok snowflake
  • 5 63
flag Elbarto14 (Dec 29, 2022 at 8:36) (Below Threshold)
 Didn't mind shoving my dropper post right deep up your sister last night kokofosho.... then made her some coco afterwards........ twat
  • 33 5
 @Elbarto14: be honest your dropper is 25mm and its not going anywhere but your ham fist incel.
  • 48 0
 Well that escalated quickly...
  • 12 0
 @ReformedRoadie: the internet in microcosm.
  • 7 1
 @ReformedRoadie: Was just about to type that, when I saw you already had that base covered! It seemed to me like @KeithShred was joking in the first place too, which makes the escalation even more absurd.
  • 27 0
 *Follows Dangerholm to see any Trickstuff brakes to show up on his Buy/Sell section*
  • 1 0
 well, in this article he mentiones the price and quality and the lead-time, but I wonder, if he waits for his brakes 18 months. And ATM you cannot even order them - they've closed their shop and don't answer the phone, except between 9 and 10 am.
  • 8 0
 @vhdh666: He might wait 18months but I doubt it personally. Excited to see what DT Swiss do with the design and technology in the next year or so. Hoping the lead times will come down.
  • 8 0
 @vhdh666: My ATM says I can't order them to.
  • 3 0
 @vhdh666: my guess...considering he has trickstuff on everything, he could very easily have some form of sponsorship, just like he does with scott....I doubt he waits that long or pays that much like the rest of us if we wanted them.
  • 29 1
 Those are the tiniest goggles I have ever seen.
  • 7 0
 Comically small as opposed to the insanely large quads.
  • 17 0
 My 7yr old wants his ski goggles back
  • 15 0
 The Intend suspension looks so good on that bike. Shit, the whole bike looks amazing. Dangerholm never disappoints.
  • 11 0
 I was expecting headset routing, I am so disappointed, nothing to moan about, meh.
  • 10 2
 Great designs and Only just beaten into second place, by the narrowest of margins, for the greatest name in mountain biking by Cornelius Kapfinger.
  • 6 0
 Just a heads up... I already have a class action lawsuit filed against PB and Dangerholm for viewers slipping in puddles of drool.
  • 6 0
 The bike or the legs? Or both.
  • 7 0
 Sick build as usual. Love the in depth write up.
  • 7 0
 All that work and the Jorts is all i can stare at.
  • 11 6
 Thank you for your incredible builds, they look sweet. But please stop setting trends like headset routing in the future!
  • 7 0
 Short short trend coming!
  • 5 0
 The man with the legs builds awesome bikes and pens a great read, awesome work Dangerholm.
  • 4 0
 Boutique but sensible (durable) build-first Dangerholm bike I'd want to ride and own. Very Nice!!!!
  • 7 0
 I'm a little bit surprised myself! Heavy duty and 35lbs - what happened there haha. Thank you for your kind words!
  • 1 0
 Too many dirt traps in the frame and front hub. An absolute show bike stunner but - for me - not really a go-out-and-get-it-dirty ride.
Besides, even if I had the dough, I couldn’t stand the pain to crash with that ride. Bodily, no problem, it does heal - but the bike!!!!!
  • 1 0
 You're not wrong, I ride my Ransom in the muddy PNW and it does like to collect some mud. I ended up taking out the rubber shock boot and the downtube cover as I didn't see they did much good and it actually allowed the mud to just flow through that section. But definitely not a show stopper, these are great bikes !
  • 4 0
 Dangerholm. Love it. Question - do you have a video or an article that best describes your paint stripping technique?
  • 10 0
 Thanks man! For aluminum I simply buy metal safe paint stripper at the paint store. Usually there are some gel-like versions available, which you apply and then you wrap it all in plastic and leave it over night. Repeat 1-3 times.
For carbon fiber it's very different. I do have a video on my YouTube channel, although it's a bit old and could use a remake. But search for "Dangerholm" on there and you'll find my channel/the video.
  • 7 0
 @dangerholm: I should also ask you for your leg workout! Thanks and happy new year!
  • 3 0
 That's so awesome. I love my Ransom 2020 930 .I still run the twinlock .replaced the x fusion nude with a RockShox nude which is badass thanks for the Post.
  • 1 0
 Still loving my 2019 910 as well, great bikes ! In fact after I snapped mine in half in a nasty crash this Fall (not the bikes fault IMO) I bought another one as I didn't see anything I liked better.
  • 1 0
 Meh... I came here to see exotic weight-weenie chi-chiness, ultra maga-custom components, wild polishing & paint, some what-the-%$! mind-blowing parts spec... This bike?! Well shucks, this is one I could build myself! (almost). C'mon Dangerholm, I know you gots something droolworthy you're hiding! Then again, the token quads pic did redeem the article.
  • 4 0
 I love what this guy does with bikes and shorts
  • 3 1
 Think everyone can appreciate the work and design of a Dangerholm bike but it doesn't mean you would want to own a bike with some or all of the features.
  • 3 0
 Even Dangerholm doesn't want cables through the headset of his enduro bike.
  • 3 0
 Dangerholm’s Scott Gambler with polished Intend Infinity forks is on sale here in Sweden, yours for €4000
  • 3 0
 he's got the best bike builds and jorts. I love seeing dangerholm articles.
  • 4 1
 Just a warning, I've seen braided housing like that saw through carbon. It literally does nothing but look good.
  • 7 0
 In fairness, I’ve also seen regular brake hose saw through carbon.
  • 14 0
 It's common to see bikes going through workshops where regular housing have eaten through both alloy and carbon, but of course it happens faster with braided steel housing.
While it's marginal, there is a small difference in lever feel/performance with braided. If it's worth the risk and necessity of a careful setup is a different question though. I placed rubber bits on all contact points for mine.
  • 3 0
 I think it maybe in Scott's best interest to release a limited edition Dangerholm Short Jort clothing line. Just sayin'.
  • 3 3
 Nice looking bike! Gorgeous paint job. Not so sure about the fork and shock that seem a bit of a concession to spending a lot of money for unclear returns. Same for the brakes. It is not so clear how $1200 brakes are much better than, say, a $250 Shimano Saint set.
  • 1 0
 I normally hate those reflex paint jobs, but this might just be the first I like! It looks amazing...

With respect to the brakes it's like anything - they will be incrementally better, but it is up to the individual to decide if the cost is worth it to them... From memory these are stronger than Saints with better modulation? Add in lower production numbers, lower weight, increased machining costs, etc. and it all adds up to a much more expensive brake very quickly...
  • 1 3
 I would just use that Gambler he built up. That fork on the Ransom is extremely random. So it has a steering bump stop to the left, but not the right? Might as well go for a real dual crown, not a 1.5 crown at that point.
  • 2 1
 Saint are disposable brakes. You ride them until the pistons leak or you bend a lever and they go in the bin and you have to buy a new calliper. They can’t be serviced, they’re not built to last, the performance isn’t brilliant. Trick stuff is the exact opposite of that. You buy one set of brakes and they’re good for life. Not only do they perform leagues ahead of your bog standard saints but they’re full serviceable or you can send them back for a refurb. So it’s up to you. Pay upfront now with trickstuff or pay it over a couple of seasons buying multiple sets of new brakes. I’m going with hope. Haha
  • 3 0
 @dododuzzi Show me where you can buy a new Saint brakeset for $250..... I'll wait. In addition, can tell you have never ridden/owned a set of Trickstuff brakes.
  • 3 0
 This is my favorite one so far, even if its not super crazy. I wanna ride it!
  • 2 0
 So cool! Always love your work @dangerholm, your paint work and attention to detail is an inspiration. Can't wait to see the next one!
  • 1 0
 Why is the rear caliper not spaced right on the rotor? Even with the trick stuff adapter and trick stuff rotor there’s a wear line in the middle of the braking surface. Front rotor doesn’t seem to have that problem.
  • 5 1
 Awesome as usual
  • 2 0
 Fascinating build. But the real story is buried in the text, Rocky Mountain has a bb that can last a season!
  • 1 0
 Absolutely agree.
(To the jerk who stole Remi's bike- Remi wants his bike back (including the CeramicSpeed BB!))
  • 3 0
 I'd love to add this suspension and brakes combo into my fetish room
  • 2 0
 I never expected to see a Schmolke product on a gravity focused bicycle.
Also….obligatory nod to the leg game
  • 2 0
 Tell me Dangerholm, your sister is looking for her short to go to the beach... do you know where is it ?
  • 1 0
 I want to know what that fork feels like to ride and I'd like to know more about that headset as well.
PS: Goddamn that is a beautiful build!
  • 1 0
 Hi @dangerholm, very nice trained body. What about posting a training and nutrition pinkbike article or youtube video? I'm curious to learn from your weekly meal plan.
  • 1 0
 WTF.... 1kg heavier than my carbon sight. Surprised, was thinking of going to a ransom to get a lighter enduro. Might not bother.
  • 1 0
 How about giving credit to Manitou who came up with the idea for the second air chamber way back on the mattoc (IRT) 10yrs ago instead of passing it off as your own idea.
  • 1 0
 Rolling art. I would hang it from the ceiling in my living room, recline my chair and stare.
  • 3 1
 What exactly is Dangerholm?
  • 4 3
 Achilles heel. Zero service parts available locally for most things in that build.
  • 2 2
 Could the Stiffmaster be a solution for headset cable routing? Would it last longer thus resulting in fewer upper headset bearing changes?
  • 3 0
 The solution for headset cable routing is SLT technology, for example CeramicSpeed already offers this for headset bearings. It stands for Solid Lube Technology, and essentially the bearing is filled with a solid plastic-like polymer instead of grease. The result is that water simply can't enter the bearing, and they never need service. Hopefully we'll see some cheaper non-ceramic versions of these come stock soon. With that said, the Stiffmaster is a really cool product!
  • 3 0
 @dangerholm: SKF makes a whole line of solid lube bearings, I haven't checked for headset specific sizes but it's not limited to CS for sure.
  • 2 0
 @dangerholm: Cane Creek was using these in their Hellbender bottom brackets. SKF mtrx solid oil bearings. The stopped using them because there weren't actually keeping things out as expected, I was told.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: Yeah that's my impression too. I almost bought some of these bearings directly from SKF for my frame pivots but got scared off - waiting for more feedback. Its not they're overly expensive, I just hate to put them on something important like frame bearings to find out later they suck.
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 @preston67: I would give them a whirl. Worst case, you have to change your bearings early. But in chatting with CC, the message I got was that some of the SKF bearings were working alright, but they were not consistent, and when they failed they failed pretty miserably.
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 I just don’t know about that front hub. Would mud or dirt got in it?
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 I’ve asked several owners about those, haven’t heard of any problems yet.
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 I like that White Brothers UD180
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 bring on the dangerholm personal tire review!
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 The parts look fantastic, shame its attached to a previous gen scott - the new one will be good despite its internal routing/shock, and for anyone wondering, yes itll be the same bike at the XC bike with Changed features.
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 Sick ride. That fork sounds interesting !
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 Daisy Duke called...
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 I love bikes and like looking at them, looking at a Dangerholm bike is pure delight. This is high art to me.
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 enjoyed the article right up to the last photo, now I can’t see anything else!
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 Take a look at the Yellow Sunglasses! hahahahaha I'm dying !!!
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 cool bend in the top tube, there. NEXT.
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 Avid BB-7 SL polished..they exist
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 Can see the opening shot of the promo video:
"FLY INTO THE DANGERHOLM!"
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 Only one bottle cage mount? Practically unrideable.
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 Wow, this is an incredible leg--- er, bike build.
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 Sick bike! Wow those googles are small.
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 CeramicSpeed jockeys are $$$$$
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 Those rims might be made of carbon...
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 Silent coasting sounds nice.
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 It's so nice!!! My cheap hubs are nearly silent cuz they're cheap and I loaded them with grease, and even that's a dream.

I've got a friend that has Onyx hubs, and when I asked them to convince me not to get some (they're expensive lol) they said "I'm not the person to ask... I've got three bikes. One's a beater commuter, and the other two have Onyx hubs." Those things have a way of converting people.

Pretty much everyone I know that's gotten a set of Onyx ends up putting them on all their bikes and never going back. Loud is cool, but silent instant engagement is just so addicting. Everything else feels cheap and clunky in comparison after a ride on Onyx.
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 It really is surprising how much it changes the ride experience, in a good way.
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 A loud rear hub is your bikes way of telling you to f ing pedal.
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 On a damp trail through a redwood forest it really is something. 5 years in on a set of classic Onyx hubs and they coast like new, never creak, and the rear has had zero maintenance.
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 THIS MAN
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 Those shorts would look better on Catherine Bach.
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 Lets start: LOOKS LIKE A GIANT
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 Oof- like that rear brake rotor is 203 but with a 200 adapter.
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 he must squat like 200kg
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 Why is it so heavy? My 2022 slash 8 with zeb and carbon wheels weighs the same.
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 ...because these frames are overbuilt. Heavy, but stout AF. The Ransom was designed to pass EFBE's category 5 test, usually reserved for DH bikes.
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flag taskmgr (Dec 30, 2022 at 7:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Muscovir: so whats a regular bike weight without all the suntour looking parts?
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 @Muscovir: I can't say for the alloy frames, but the carbon version of the Ransom is actually the lightest 170mm frame out there. If it does pass EFBE category 5 (which I've never seen in print do you have a source for that?) then I'm impressed as I snapped one in half a few months ago albeit in a bad crash that probably would have severely damaged anything.

I would say this Dangerholm version is heavy more due to the heavy duty parts, although the alloy frame is going to add almost 2 lbs as well. I would have preferred to see a build more similar to his Gambler build, how light can we make a true big hit Enduro bike ?
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 My slash 8 with upgraded fork to zeb ultimate, specialized traverse carbon wheelset, code rsc ,220 front, 200 rear is probably substantially cheaper than this build so what's the point of this build? Im not seeing a reason for this one besides trying to sell suspension i would have zero support for locally.
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 @Muscovir: Are you sure it has passed EFBE's category 5 testing? Scotts website states "condition of usage 4" in the ransom specifications, the information in the article corresponds with the information about cat 4 bikes on EFBE's website...
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 @subparrider39: Yes, I'm sure. I know the guy who designed this frame. IIRC they also make that claim in the marketing material from way back when the Ransom was released. Pretty sure they've got a tech video where they talk about it.
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 @Muscovir:

>I know the guy who designed this frame.

Well tell him thanks from me, been very happy with my Ransom.
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 @Muscovir: I see, Perhaps it's a case of underpromising and overdelivering. Thanks.
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