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Dangerholm Scale RC Super Gravel Bike Reasserts that Rigid XC MTB is Gravel

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB
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It’s no surprise to us that weight-weenie bike ultra-customizer Dangerholm falls into the category of cyclists who don’t see clear lines between cross-country mountain bikes and gravel bikes – and his latest Scale RC Super Gravel is the perfect example. Whether it’s a gravel-oriented XC bike or a gravel bike built for riding singletrack and exploring deeper off-road, where you draw the line between the two is really up to the rider…

Dangerholm Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, Gustav Gullhom
(Photos/Gustav Gullholm, Scott)

We’ve been following Gustav Gullholm aka Dangerholm’s custom builds for years. His attention to detail always amazes, as does his general ruthlessness with a knife to stock paint jobs. He’s a mountain biker for sure, and the first bike I remember him building was a 6.22kg Scott Scale XC hardtail, not all too dissimilar to this Scale RC Super Gravel bike in it’s ideal terrain. But more recently, he actually already built a Scale in to a flashy Mellow Yellow gravel bike two summers ago. Heavier, but more heavy-duty for winter commuting.

Now, Dangerholm is back reasserting his thoughts on gravel bikes.

What goes gravel mean to Dangerholm?

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, rear end

He justified the XC Gravel project to us back in 2021, figuring “dropbar bikes were a road biker’s vision of gravel, so why not build a mountain biker’s version of gravel with flat bars. Because what mountain biker hasn’t already ridden tons of gravel roads on hardtail mountain bike, so maybe just start from there?” Now he talks about improved comfort thanks to better, bigger tires – a real downside to his Mellow Yellow bike. He also prefers the fit & geometry of a flat MTB bar vs. dropbars, likely because he rides like a hoon off-road.

Plus, he argues, “with the right tire choice, gearing and perhaps handlebar width – it wouldn’t be much slower than its drop bar counterparts.

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, drivetrain

The result is a modern rigid carbon XC bike built up with 29 x 2.4″ Kenda Rush knobby tires on Syncros’ ultra-expensive 1-piece carbon Silverton SL MTB wheels. And then, a wild spec list that goes even further to emptying anyone’s wallet.

While I love my drop-bar gravel bike, there’s just something about a mountain bike based gravel build. It’s super fun and inspires playful riding like popping wheelies, there’s lots of comfort thanks to the big tire volume and thick foam grips and except for being slightly less aerodynamic it’s essentially just as fast.

– Gustav Gullholm

What stands out?

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB

The Dangerholm Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike sticks with a relatively conventional glittery green paint job for the Scott XC frame & rigid fork that debuted last winter. But it does show off in the details.

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, Stirdy Cycles 3D-printed titanium crankset

Its flashiest components are probably those gold-painted $3500 full carbon Syncros Silverton SL mountain bike wheels. But after that, the 3D-printed Sturdy Cycles titanium crankset and Dward Designs 42T chainring jumped out at us.

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, Stirdy Cycles 3D-printed titanium UDH

Sturdy also 3D-printed a hollow titanium universal derailleur hanger (UDH) that bolts on with METI’s Italian machined titanium thru-axles.

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, Stirdy Cycles 3D-printed titanium rotor lockrings

And Sturdy 3D-printed wild rotor lockrings, too.

Beyond that, check out the tuned SRAM Red AXS XPLR derailleur with a Ceramic Speed OSPW upgrade. Then, an e*thirteen gravel cassette delivering a 500% gearing range paired to a Red Flattop chain.

On top of that, adding an extra 650g for real usability, Dangerholm gives his Scale Super Gravel bikes an integrated 4000lm Moonlight headlight to light up the Swedish gravel roads though the dark winter. And it’s wired into a battery tucked inside the seattube water bottle for a tidy setup.

Complete Super Gravel bike

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, angled rear

This new Dangerholm Scott Scale RC Super Gravel project is light for a mountain bike at a claimed 7.67kg with pedals. But, that’s not really all that light for a modern gravel bike. Especially when you consider its almost limitless budget. Really, it’s a lot heavier than we would expect from a Dangerholm build.

But if you want a bit lighter, and a slightly more conventional gravel setup, you can always check out Dangerholm’s 2021 Addict Gravel build.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below…

Complete Bike Build Spec:

Dangerholm customized Scott Scale RC Super Gravel bike is actually a rigid carbon XC MTB, complete
  • Frame: SCOTT Scale RC World Cup size Large
  • Derailleur hanger: Sturdy Cycles 3D printed titanium
  • Fork: SCOTT Scale Rigid
  • Thru-axles: METI Titanium
  • Headset: Syncros with CeramicSpeed SLT bearings
  • Handlebar: Syncros Fraser iC SL 80mm -20degrees 720mm
  • Grips: Syncros Foam
  • Seatpost: Schmolke Carbon TLO
  • Saddle: Berk Composites
  • Crankset: Sturdy Cycles MTB 3D printed titanium
  • Chainring: Dward Design ”DangerDward” 42T
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Pedals: Shimano XTR with METI Rapido titanium axles
  • Chain: SRAM RED
  • Cassette: e*thirteen Helix Race Gravel 9-45T
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM RED AXS XPLR with gold Carbon-Ti limit screws
  • Rear derailleur cage: CeramicSpeed OSPW 3D printed hollow titanium
  • Wheels: Syncros Silverton SL
  • Tires: Kenda Rush Pro TR 2.4”
  • Tubes: Revoloop Ultra MTB
  • Brakes: Trickstuff Piccola Carbon
  • Rotors: Trickstuff Dächle UL 160mm
  • Lock-rings: Sturdy Cycles 3D printed titanium
  • Bottle cages: Sturdy Cycles titanium
  • Headlight: Moonlight Mountaingear Bright As Day 4000

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Mike Borduin
Mike Borduin
8 months ago

Hey Cory, great article, thanks for posting this. I wanted to add that, without the light, this MTB gravel bike is actually a bit lighter than the road gravel build. I always laugh at myself for making my bike super light, but then adding lights, computer, water, and tools, which quickly bring it back down to earth. I applaud this build for unapologetically integrating useful functionality for low-light conditions.

Gary P
Gary P
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike Borduin

Not to mention the nearly 1500g of tires. The builder could have saved a bundle of weight with more conventional gravel tires, but I appreciate that he opted for something more rugged here.

Evan
Evan
8 months ago
Reply to  Gary P

the tires are 1200g

Not sure why a “mtb gravel” build would be heavier than “road gravel”? Flat bars and the shifters/levers are lighter than drop bars with brifters.

As a random point of comparison, Scalpel Hi mod 1 (fs) and Topstone lefty 1 are both about $9,000 and 10kg.

Hamjam
Hamjam
8 months ago

For the sake of joining in the conversation, I think a light dropper posts belong on bikes like these. It makes bombing hills even more stable, which is what these do best. It also is a very easy way to add tons of capability to a rigid bike for super rocky double track. Build is perfect though.

David
8 months ago

Why is it that so many photos of bikes have the seat post set as if a 10 ft Giant is riding it ?

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
8 months ago
Reply to  David

In this particular case it’s all about show.

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart
8 months ago

I am a huge fan of SCOTT bicycles and this is the nicest, purpose built bikes I have ever seen. Well done and well written.

Karl
8 months ago

Nice looking bike. I rode that in 1995.

Andrew
Andrew
8 months ago

Oh man that light out front is *chef kiss*. Icing on the cake.

Justpastu
Justpastu
8 months ago

Gravel riding seems so trendy and so boring….

tireburp
tireburp
8 months ago

Those are some nice cutoffs

alopecoid
alopecoid
8 months ago

TBH, this is the bike I’ve always wanted, even down to the gearing. Is there a variant of this bike that still falls under 20 pounds but that doesn’t cost as much as a cheap car? Say, under $2K? Dreaming?

The KOM Hunter
7 months ago
Reply to  alopecoid

Dreaming is FREE!

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