First spotted at Eurobike 2022, Dangerholm's Hypersonic Scott Spark RC is yet another high-end, lightweight build from the man who's best known for stripping paint from suspension components to save a couple of grams. This time, Dangerholm has unleashed his weight-saving talents on Scott's newest Spark RC, let's take a closer look.
2022 scott dangerholm hypersonic spark RC 3q rear.jpg, by Liam Mercer
Thanks to recent innovations such as 1x drivetrains, dropper seat posts, 29inch wheels, bigger tyres and overall larger geometries, cross-country bikes have been getting a lot more capable than those of old but that has all come at the cost of added weight. With that in mind, Dangerholm's modus operandi was to bring the Scott's Spark RC weight down to something more in line with old-school cross-country rigs.
2022 scott dangerholm hypersonic spark RC 3q bar.jpg, by Liam Mercer
At the front, the bike employs Intend's new Samurai XC fork (also seen at Eurobike). This offers up 120mm of suspension but, more importantly, it weighs just 1,435g. While not the lightest Samurai fork in Intend's range (the lightest options feature a carbon steerer), the one fitted to this Scott Spark RC uses slightly angled stanchions at the crown, which allows for very minimalist dropouts. This fork is then built with a RockShox Charger Race Day damper that's compatible with Scott's TwinLoc remote lockout.
2022 scott dangerholm hypersonic spark RC brake cali.jpg, by Liam Mercer
Bolted onto the integrated Syncros Fraser iC SL bar and stem is a pair of Trickstuff Piccola Carbon brakes weighing in at 335g and they're slowing an Extralite HyperBoost wheelset which tip the scales at 1,039.3g.
2022 scott dangerholm hypersonic spark RC crank.jpg, by Liam Mercer
The bike gets SRAM Eagle XX1 shifting with a derailleur that benefits from Hopp carbon upgrades. The drivetrain is then complemented by GarbarUK's 40T chainring and a prototype crankset. The cassette comes from Rotor with an 11-46T range. Every component has been meticulously calculated down to the gram.
Even the valves have been picked for their featherweight properties. Here Dangerholm has chosen Radsporttechnik Müller valves that weigh 7.6g. Of course, the bike is then peppered with titanium bolts.
Fully built up, the Hypersonic Spark RC weighs 9.19kg - not the lightest bike in the world, especially when compared to Gelu Creation's Dracon but Dangerholm seems satisfied that he's achieved his goal, reaching a weight that's rarely seen on bikes these days.
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