Scott Aspect 20 Review
The Scott Aspect 20 is a mountain bike with a more affordable outlook but the same level of quality that you would expect from any bike from this manufacturer. It is a hardtail alloy machine which will suit those who are going to be taking their time to familiarise themselves with mountain biking or those who simply want a good quality bike, without having to loot their savings.
The Scott Aspect 20 features a 6061 alloy frame, with specially designed geometry, which makes it easy to power forward and climb upwards. The frame itself is built to last, aiming to let you ride the bike as hard as you like, without it coming apart at the seams earlier than anticipated. We’re talking general MTB paths here, not Black routes or Downhill races.
The fork is a Suntour XCR model with 100mm of travel and the option to activate a lockout mode, making it ideal for both off-road action and use on the tarmac. This means that the Aspect 20 can absorb some punishment when required, but also give you a stiff, agile responsiveness when you are on the streets. As such, you might consider using it every day and not just when you get the opportunity to take if off the beaten path.
Shimano Alivio and Deore components are combined to deliver the drive train its adequately swift and smooth operation for this price point. Shimano is also responsible for the BR-M446 disc brakes which are hydraulically operated. You can find mountain bikes of a similar price which utilise mechanical disc or simple calliper brakes, so it is good to see Scott putting some of your money into acquiring a decent system. Disc brakes are better all weather performers and the hydraulic operation is more precise than alternatives, which is why they are worth choosing.
For the wheelset you get Alex XC-44 Disc rims and Schwalbe Black Jack tyres, both of which are able to match the durability of the frame and so save you from having to keep backup equipment ready, which could increase the cost of the bike in the long run.
You get a Scott Comp seat post and an Aspect seat that is common across most of this range. In addition, there is the Scott Aspect OS handlebar, which helps you handle the bike nimbly in most situations.
Hardtail mountain bikes like the Scott Aspect 20 are a good choice for beginners, because the added complexity afforded by full-sus bikes and the increased level of specialisation that their components offer, is only going to be confusing at first.
This model offers particularly good performance from a standing start, as well as during climbs, thanks to its rigidity, while there is enough compliance afforded by the frame to help you soak up the worst of the vibrations and bumps generated by the road or the trail.
This model features a black and green paint job for 2012, with these elements echoed on the rims, so it looks the part. The chunky black tyres contrast with the slender, light tubing of the framework and there is a high level of polish to the overall finish, which should reassure riders.
The effective difference between the bikes in the Scott Aspect range is that the weight of the components varies. Since this model sits near the top of the perch, it is lighter than its stable mates and thus easier to ride over long distances, with less of a burden being placed on you by the frame and the accompanying kit. While there are more capable hardtail options on the market, few are able to match the Scott Aspect 20 in its particular price bracket.
Scott Aspect 20 Specifications
- Front Fork: Suntour XCR with 100mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore
- Gears: 27
- Chainring: 44/32/22T
- Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-32T 9-speed
- Shifters: Shimano Alivio Rapidfire Plus 2
- Brakes: Shimano M446 Hydraulic Discs
- Wheels: Alex XC44 Disc
- Tyres: Schwalbe Black Jack, 26×2.1