We’re firm believers in the principle that rules are made to be broken – even the ones we make. But, that rebellious streak is tempered with the knowledge that messing with the rules (and the process underlying them) had better be worth the potential consequences (read: Expensive disappointment). So, when a good friend and repeat owner of enviously pretty bikes with esoteric flare comes knocking, babbling about weird ideas behind a one-off paint scheme, we listen. And we’re glad we did.
Meet what we’ve dubbed “RAUCH”, the newest addition to the paint design selection at Scarab. No, the colors can’t be changed. Yes, every one is a bit different. Yes, we can paint your next bike like this. For now.
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The first of its kind
This Santa Rosa in “RAUCH” is the first of its kind, built to go up – and down – the hills of the San Francisco Bay with aplomb. Its geometry is designed to reward even the most disinclined of descenders on technical Northern California downhills. A low center of gravity, sharp steering, and even weight balance give it a natural inclination to glide to the bottom of hills with minimal worry and input from its pilot.
It’s not what we’d characterize as a one-trick pony, however. Oversized Columbus Spirit chainstays and our house-made hooded dropouts deliver urgency under uphill accelerations while the Rotor 46-30t spider setup paired with a SRAM Force AXS 10-33t cassette gave gears for any circumstance. The half weight-conscious and half everyday-driver custom build kept the bike light without veering into the weird, while still complementing the decidedly one-off aesthetic of the paint design.