Bike Check: Jonty Neethling’s Scott Ransom

Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Former professional racer, Jonty is now a co-owner at The Hanger Bike Co in Somerset West just outside of Cape Town.

Jonty Neethling is a shredder from the Cape who has more talent and style than you can shake a stick at. Not so long ago he campaigned as a semi-professional racer on the World Cup circuit where he put in some incredible performances against the best in the world. After hanging up his racing shoes he continued working with European teams as a wrench before returning home. Nowadays, you’ll find Jonty tinkering on customers’ bikes at the Hanger Bike Co in Somerset West – a store that he co-owns and runs. This is his Scott Ransom bike check.

Ripping it up at Helderberg Trails.

BN: Talk us through the customized or personalized components you have.

I found brake adaptors can be a little flexy so I’ve downsized my rotors and they work fine with the SRAM Codes. I’ve also removed the Twinlock from the fork and I’ve changed the bar and stem.

BN: What surprises you the most about this bike?

The stability at speed is nuts aye. It also climbs as well as the Genius so extra laps are always on the cards.

BN: Do you set your suspension up by sag or by feel?

I use both. I’ll usually set it with a specific sag number then make some tweaks after the first few rides to get it dialed.

BN: Are there any other component upgrades on the cards?

Yes. I’m fitting some CushCore tyre inserts soon.

BN: What do you enjoy the most about the bike?

The looks.


Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Jonty rides a size, XL Scott Ransom, with 29″ wheels front and rear. As seen here, pedals and all, the bike weighs 14.7kg which is ridiculously light for a 170mm beast with big meats – (heavy Enduro tyres).
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Wrapped cables clean up the cockpit nicely.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Jonty runs a 48mm Spank Split stem and 790mm Spank Spike Vibrocore bars with just one spacer under the stem.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Burgtec grips with SRAM’s matchmaker linking the shifter to the Code RSC brakes.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Spank 160 saddle and a 175mm Fox Transfer dropper.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Upfront there is a Fox 38 fork, SRAM rotors, Spank Hex Drive hubs with eThirteen’s carbon rims.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Just about everything is carbon on this steed and that’s a proprietary Fox Nude Shock with Twinlock to handle the ups and the gnarly downs of Jonny’s home trails at Helderberg Bike Park.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
The top shock mount has a flip-chip for Geo/BB adjustments meaning a mullet setup is possible.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
SRAM XO1 carbon cranks…
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
.. with a matching XO1 rear mech.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
32T chainring by SRAM.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Custom finishes provided from Crankbros.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
SRAM Eagle 12-speed cassette, non-Lunar.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Maxxis DHR 2 Exo+ rubber on the front and rear with 27 and 30psi.
Bike Check: Jonty Neethling's Scott Ransom
Keep it pinned Jonty!
Yes Sir!

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