Gustav Gullholm (also known as Dangerholm) has risen to worldwide fame in the cycling world with his jaw-dropping lightweight custom builds. Last year, the Norweigan’s rebuilt Scott Addict Gravel bike turned heads all over the globe. It was described by many as ‘a work of art’ and weighed in at an incredible 7.13 kilograms for the entire bike. Gullholm’s method to achieve this feather light weight is taking a knife and sandpaper to the original bike to remove its lacquer and transfers, then he sources a host of exotic parts, including some prototype components.
This year, Gullholm’s partner, Pernilla Eriksson, was in the market for a new gravel bike and Dangerholm encouraged her to go fully custom and create her dream bike. “One thing I’ve noticed over the years though is that this seems to be a bit more common among men. There are many passionate as well as fast female riders out there but compared to men, surprisingly many seem to settle for a bike that’s ”good enough” - not the bike they dream of,” Gullholm explains.
Eriksson, a hairdresser and an engineer by trade, dived head first into creating her custom build, designing, removing the original paint work and assembling the bike herself. The result is jaw-dropping: a stunning metallic pink bike with shimmers of green, purple and gold against gloss carbon fibre which weighs in at just 7.49 kilograms (including pedals). One-off CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheels compliment the frame perfectly, while the Pi Rope wheels with on Syncros Capital 1.0 X40 rims and feature Vectran fibre rope spokes are custom dyed in pink.
“I want to encourage others to go for it. It doesn't matter if it's getting your new stock dream bike from your local bike shop, going full custom like this or just getting some small but nice little upgrade for your old trusty training bike” Eriksson explains. “Having a bike that evokes some feelings, that makes you happy when you look at it, is something that simply can bring even more joy into your cycling life.
“I also really enjoyed building the bike and getting more into the tech side of things, like learning more about how various components will affect the performance of your bike. Maybe it can seem boring at first if you don't really care, or even a little intimidating if you're a beginner, but it's great to know more about your bike and what maybe can make it even better. In the long run it can help you become a faster rider.”
The bike is based on a SCOTT Contessa Addict Gravel frameset with Syncros components. The frame is made with Scott’s HMX carbon fibre quality, and the frame and fork have clearance for 45mm tyres.
It features the Syncros Creston iC SL X one-piece carbon gravel handlebar which integrates the brake hoses creating a clean cockpit. The bars are wrapped with Syncros Gravel bar tape. On the bars is a Syncros Garmin mount with a built-in GoPro mount made by K-Edge.
The saddle is a women’s specific, carbon-railed Syncros Celista R 1.0 saddle atop a Syncros Duncan SL Aero seat post.
The front end features an Easton EC90 SL crankset custom painted to go with the frame and a CeramicSpeed bottom bracket, for low friction as well as longevity. The chainring is a Garbaruk 42T ring. The bike has limited-edition pedals (only 13 sets have been made) created by German website r2-bike.com. Based on traditional Shimano XTR pedals they feature CeramicSpeed bearings and titanium axles machined by METI in Italy.
At the rear of the bike, it’s a Sram X01 derailleur that has been tuned using Hopp Carbon Parts, It features a CeramicSpeed OSPW with one-off Cerakote white pulley wheels, it has been custom-painted. The chain is a Sram X01 and the cassette is a wide-range Leonardi General Lee 9-50T.
The Sram Force AXS levers at the front of the bike are paired with Trickstuff C22 brake callipers (available as an aftermarket upgrade for both Shimano and SRAM levers). The disc rotors are Trickstuff Dächle UL – with UL standing for Ultra Light – fastened to the centerlock hubs with Bike Ahead Composites The Fixer adapters.The wheel rims are a prototype version of Syncros Capital 1.0 X40, drilled to lightweight Pi Rope spokes that have been custom dyed pink. The wheels have METI titanium thru axles. The tyres are Ultradynamico Rosé Race in grey colour and 42mm width.
This bike, alongside some of Dangerholm's other creations will be on show at Rouleur Live 2022. Gustav Gullholm will also be on stage at Rouleur Live and available to meet. Book your tickets here.