My own spot in the build schedule came up and I built myself a new Scrambler with some updates and geometry refinement after riding various versions of flat bar gravel bikes for years. I enjoy the flat bars for charging around town on errands and short rides – looking for dirt paths, hops and fun corners. I enjoy the position off road for higher bunny-hops, as it’s much easier to get the front wheel up and over obstacles, and the wide bars add stability and leverage. The overall position and geometry put less weight up front than a drop bar gravel bike, so it’s great when the dirt get’s a little steeper. It’s not a mountain bike though – it uses the same wheels, tires, fork, cranks, as a drop bar gravel bike, and the front end is not as long as a mountain bike, nor as slack. For me it’s a sweet spot that gravel bikes exist in that make them playful – as they provide access to dynamic trail and dirt riding, but are so quick and light I don’t hesitate to grab it and head out on a road ride.
This build is executed in Titanium with a special version of our Dazzle finish. The Chris King Matte Mango headset, bottom bracket and hubs are a great color compliment to the soft blues and grey of the frame, fork and stem.
Fork is a Rodeo Labs “Spork” which has cage mounts on the side that I use for mountain cargo cages on bike-packing and touring trips. Both ends of the bike will fit 700x50mm tires, and currently run Gravel King 43mm tires on Chris King X Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon gravel wheels. By the way, these wheels are superb – so light and solid, they accelerate fast and are solid in the corners.
Drivetrain is Sram Eagle with 12 speed 10-50T cassette, and Kogel pulleys in the derailleur. The super light Easton EC90SL crankset has a direct mount ring from Absolute Black. Brakes are Magura MT-4 Flat mount with the Race pads. Enve seatpost, painted Easton EA90SL Stem, Fabric saddle, and titanium King cages finished to match.
Learn more about the Scrambler here.