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Making a Modern Bike Resemble a Retro Classic

Winter

is approaching fast, and I have plans to train a little bit more seriously for the 2019 season, so it was time to figure out what to ride over the next six months. Winter riding where I live in Sweden means a wet and muddy, with some months of ice and snow in between.

My first thought was to use my

« World’s Lightest Scott Scale, »

but even though I’m all about « bikes are meant to be ridden » it felt a little like overkill for a winter training bike. I started looking at alternatives with a more decent price tags and came across the Scott Scale 950. It checked a lot of boxes: A pretty light aluminum frame, a Fox 32 Rhythm fork, Boost spacing front and rear, and it had solid components. Last, but not least, dual bottle cage mounts. Scott also offers the carbon framed Scale 940 at the exact same price with a simpler spec, but personally, I’d rather ride a good fork, brakes and parts, rather than to go carbon just for carbon’s sake.

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I ordered one and while waiting for it to arrive, I realized that I couldn’t resist doing something fun with it. I really do think the bike looks good straight out of the box. You can’t go wrong with black and yellow accents, but to me, a new bike is a blank canvas…

bigquotes The first thing that crosses my mind when I think of colorful is Klein. The classic brand that, during the 90’s, put out some of the wildest and most iconic paint jobs the mountain bike world has ever seen.

My Inspiration:

Since most of my winter training is done when it’s dark outside, this felt like the perfect time go wild with colors to brighten things up a bit. After going for a really clean look on my previous builds, this felt like it’d be a lot of fun to do. The first thing that crosses my mind when I think of colorful is Klein. The classic brand that, during the 90’s, put out some of the wildest and most iconic paint jobs the mountain bike world has ever seen. You truly can spot one a mile away.

Being born in 1986, I was just a kid when Klein was in their prime, but the first time I saw a picture of one as a teenager I just went « Wow. » There’s just something about them, and my favorite was the 1990 Klein Attitude in Team USA/Dolomite colors. Some might think it’s a really stupid idea to take an iconic Klein colorway and put Scott logos on it, but to me it’s a tribute. I want a modern bike to ride. Trying to get an original 26″ rigid Attitude is out of the question, and Klein is not in business these days, so no way to buy a new one. I think the first few Black Sabbath albums are pretty much the holy grail, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy listening to a good cover.

From Idea to Finished Bike

Couldn’t resist to make some fun of most people’s (including mine) fear of scratching their brand new bike.

After having the « before » photos taken, I immediately started to completely disassemble the bike. I like a DIY approach and since this isn’t a dentist-level bike (when it comes to price) I was of course going to do the paint myself. I’m no expert, but common sense and a little bit of experience can take you a long way. When it comes to painting, prep work is just as important as it is time consuming. So, I spent quite some time sanding everything down to get a decent surface for the new paint, and then started to apply the primer.

Getting ready for some color

Unfortunately, the rest of the story turned out to be a classic example of « Learn the hard way » with most things that could go wrong, going wrong.

Not having time to order and wait for proper stencils for logos I went for a slightly backwards approach. This meant painting the color of the logos first. Then apply die-cut decals. Paint the frame and then remove the decals to reveal the logos. That’s not the right way to do things, but normally it works out alright. But the green and pink color difficult to apply, and it turned out that the neon colors didn’t like to be applied at all on anything but the primer itself.

Everything worked like a charm with the white paint, but the neon color crept and cracked leaving a mess. I managed to save the fork and its painted logos, but I had to start over with the front half of the frame. With some irony in regard to my « NO SHORTCUTS » pledge, I had to take a shortcut here and go for decals instead of painted logos. That still nags the perfectionist in me, but it would have to do. The paint was finally finished, and after a lot of wet sanding and polishing, I could start to assemble the frame kit.

At times. I averaged at least ten curse words per minute

Time for the Components

When it came to components I already knew there were some small things I’d have to change. To get the handlebar height right, I replaced the stock stem with a negative-17 degree 90mm Syncros XR1.5 along with their nicely integrated Garmin mount. I borrowed my Berk Composites seat from my other bike, since this simply is the most comfortable seat I’ve ever owned (despite being a 60 gram piece of carbon). I came across some perfectly retro looking Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s and got my favorite Syncros Tailor 1.0 bottle cage with the slight side entry.

That was going to be it, but to no big surprise, my weight weenie side still managed to get the best of me. Placing the SRAM NX Eagle cassette on the scale made me go full Jim Carrey (see video below). Don’t get me wrong, I love 1x drive trains and I really think that SRAM NX Eagle is great, since it makes the technology more affordable and available to even more riders. But, when you’re used to your rear wheel weighing 590g and running a 265g SRAM XX1 cassette, this was just too much to swallow. So, I ordered a much lighter Garbaruk 11-48T cassette and their wide range compatible derailleur cage for my new 11-speed SRAM GX derailleur.

Somewhere in all this craziness, I got the idea that it’d be fun to color match the derailleur as well. One lunch break later, I had a bunch of small-parts in front of me. To finish the drive train, I decided to borrow my super light Tune cranks with their 38T Garbaruk chainring until I need it for a race bike in spring. Better to use them than to have nice parts boxed away for six months.


So, Here’s the Result:

First ride: Scott Full Retro 950

After the first couple of rides on it I’m positively surprised. Of course, it’s a really nice bike, but you have to remember that I’m coming from riding a sub 7kg Scott Scale RC 900 SL. The 900’s frame alone weighs 1kg less and costs twice as much as this complete bike – and there’s something to be said about how a really good carbon frame and super light carbon seat post help against vibrations and improve comfort.

The Scale 950 doesn’t feel quite as responsive and it’s simply not as fast, mostly due to heavier wheels and tires. But, this is a training bike. When the snow comes and you start using studded tires, it’s just about heart rate and training hours anyway.

On the other hand, it handles very similar to my « dentist » Scale 900 SL and with a light wheelset, it’d be really close. I feel comfortable on the bike, the aluminium frame is stiff and lets me put the power down, the Fox fork is supple and I’m already having lots of fun on it.

bigquotes Life’s too short to not have the bike you really want, so go full… anything you want.Gustav ‘Dangerholm’ Gullholm

What’s Next?

With this project finished it’s time to start planning for a new cross country super bike to ride and race in 2019. The goal is to try and build the best and fastest bike ever, so that’s going to be a special one.

My Scott Genius is still in progress, and will see a remake before finally being properly presented some time during this winter. A Genius, with just three visible cables, if all works out. Feel free to have a look at

my Instagram

to keep up with those projects.

I hope this might inspire some of you to have some fun and customize your bikes a bit. Warranties and resale value aren’t everything. Life’s too short to not have the bike you really want, so go full… anything you want.


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Cinematic Flow et Killian Bron : Drone Revolution

Le titre de cette vidéo n’est pas usurpé : il s’agit d’une petite révolution dans le domaine des prises de vues embarquées ! Cinematic Flow a filmé Kilian Bron, le master du Mountain Bike, dans des rides impressionnants. Il y a le talent du rider, bien sûr, mais aussi celui du pilote, du monteur, et un petit coup de pouce de la technologie.

Comment ça fonctionne ?

Pour obtenir des images au plus près du sportif, les drones de prises de vues habituels souffrent de trop d’inertie et d’un encombrement trop important. Les vidéos ont donc été tournées depuis un FPV racer avec une caméra HD. Mais pas n’importe laquelle. Le souci avec un racer, c’est de conserver sa cible dans le champ de l’image, ce qui requiert un excellent niveau de pilotage. La solution adoptée par Cinematic Flow, c’est d’équiper l’appareil d’une caméra 360°. Le châssis a été réalisé spécialement pour une GoPro Fusion ! Le principe ? Le focus sur le cycliste est réalisé en post-production, à partir des images 360°. Le pilote se concentre donc sur la proximité avec sa cible et la gestion de l’environnement, sans se préoccuper de la visée caméra, avec le retour vidéo FPV classique, pas celui de la GoPro Fusion. Le résultat, dans les séquences de Drone Revolution, est superbe !

L’avenir pour filmer les sports mécaniques ?

Cette vidéo va, sans aucun doute, jouer le rôle de pionnière et servir de base technique à de nombreux pilotes. En France, l’outil reste un peu touchy face à la réglementation. L’usage d’images filmées en drone n’est permis que dans le cadre du loisir. Dans le cas contraire, c’est une « Activité Particulière ». En d’autres mots un usage professionnel qui doit être soumis au respect de requis différents de ceux pour le loisir. Drone Revolution est-elle une vidéo à caractère commercial ? Difficile de trancher, car la réglementation se borne à indiquer : “La prise de vues aériennes est possible en aéromodélisme au cours d’un vol dont l’objectif reste le loisir ou la compétition et lorsque les vues réalisées ne sont pas exploitées à titre commercial” et “que cette utilisation ait lieu dans le cadre d’une transaction commerciale ou non” (arrêté Conception de 2015, Articles 3.1 et 3.3). Des formulations suffisamment vagues pour que chacun y aille de son interprétation…

S-2 ?

Utiliser un racer pour la pratique en scénario professionnel S-2 (c’est-à-dire hors vue directe du pilote, hors agglomération) nécessite, entre autres obligations, d’assurer un geofencing, une coupure des moteurs indépendante de la radiocommande, et une mémorisation des 20 dernières minutes de vol (arrêté Conception de 2015, Annexe III, 2.6). Donc de disposer d’un GPS à bord capable de contenir l’appareil dans une enveloppe de vol et d’outils logiciels pour l’exploiter. Betaflight, le firmware le plus utilisé pour les racers, ne propose pas ces fonctions.

C’est tout de même possible ?

Un projet d’homologation est en cours, très avancé : nous allons voir apparaître des racers (sur)équipés pour les vols en S-2 dans un futur très proche. Cela dit, il semble indispensable que les autorités permettent de délivrer des dérogations pour pratiquer de tels vols en tant qu’Activités Particulières sans pour autant devoir satisfaire à ces requis en inadéquation avec la technologie. On imagine aisément à quel point l’obligation de disposer d’un attirail GPS et coupure moteurs indépendante est inadaptée lorsqu’il s’agit de voler en sous-bois ou sur des crêtes en altitude sans dépasser 5 mètres au-dessus de la cible, le tout avec un appareil dépourvu de stabilisation ! Si les pouvoirs publics ne réagissent pas dès maintenant pour ouvrir la porte à ces vols ? C’est très simple : ils seront tout de même pratiqués, hors-la-loi…

La vidéo Drone Revolution

Le making of de la vidéo

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Bike Check: Isabeau Courdurier’s Intense Tracer – EWS Finale Ligure 2018

Isabeau Courdurier will be wrapping up an incredibly consistent season this weekend in Finale Ligure, Italy, although she’d undoubtedly like a chance to stand on top of the podium once the race finishes on Sunday. It’s the second step down that’s become a very familiar spot for her – she’s stood on it at every single EWS race this year.

Isabeau’s bike of choice is a size small 27.5″ Intense Tracer, which she says is a good fit for her diminutive height. Her previous race bike was a custom aluminum Sunn, but the dimensions of the carbon Tracer fit Isabeau well enough that no custom modifications were necessary. The bike’s overall setup stays relatively similar between races, but Isabeau will change the number of spacers under the stem and increase or decrease suspension pressure depending on the weekend’s course conditions.

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Mondiaux DH hommes / Le troisième titre de Loïc Bruni !

Exceptionnel Loïc Bruni qui a décroché à Lenzerheide son troisième titre de champion du monde après Vallnord (2015) et Cairns l’an passé. Le pilote Specialized a devancé Martin Maes et Danny Hart.

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FrSky XSR-Sim

e petit accessoire est un adaptateur USB à brancher sur un PC Windows ou un Mac. Il permet d’utiliser un simulateur de vol avec une radiocommande de FrSky sans fil, en liaison radio directe. Il faut être en mode D16 et lancer une procédure d’appairage, laquelle fonctionne sur les radiocommandes Taranis et Horus, et même les modules externes de type XJT sur d’autres radiocommandes. Le module est compatible avec la plupart des simulateurs : Liftoff, DRL, Freerider, HotProps, etc. Il mesure 4,8 x 1,9 x 0,9 cm pour un poids de 6,2 grammes. FrSky assure que la latence est imperceptible. Le prix est annoncé à $20 chez HorusRC (sans le port, sans les taxes). Notez que ce type d’accessoire existe déjà pour les radios Spektrum (voir ici), et que vous pouvez bidouiller votre multirotor pour une solution DIY (voir ici).

D’autres photos

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Comp : Pas de vent à Fuerte – Albeau couronné!

Comp : Pas de vent à Fuerte – Albeau couronné!

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