Scott Scale 60 Review
The Scott Scale 60 is the next step up in this expansive range of mountain bikes, pulling away from its budget-oriented stable mates with a few choice components to give it the edge. It is an alloy framed hardtail bike with a lot to offer and while there is no questioning its racing heritage, it’s not really a race bike. Its features allow it to adapt to most trails and while it is still at the affordable end of the price scale it does not disappoint when it comes to speed and stability.
At 12kg, the Scott Scale 60 is still one of the lightest bikes in its class thanks to the custom butted superlight tubing of the alloy frame. The hardtail setup delivers an expected level of stiffness and you will feel like you never need to over exert yourself to bring it up to speed, no matter what the terrain beneath you might hold. Of course the down side could be a bike which feels vague or flighty over the rough stuff or on downward slopes. Thankfully the Scale 60 does not succumb to these issues, giving you a planted platform and superior handling which will reassure you that you can hit that rocky patch or take the steeper route without being punished for your adventurous nature.
One area in which the Scale 60 differs from its cheaper alternatives is the fork, which comes from the RockShox Recon family, specifically the Recon Silver TK Solo Air, and features an air chamber rather than the coil spring you will find elsewhere. Serious riders typically prefer air shocks because they offer smoother operation and added durability. The 100mm of travel provided by the fork may seem like an excessive amount in a market which leans towards 80mm when racing is the aim, but Scott makes sure that this extra room for manoeuvre is a boon, not a burden. Remember, the Scale 60 is just £150 more than the Scale 70.
Scott Scale 60 Specifications
Scott has once again turned to Shimano to supply the drivetrain components and the brakes for the Scale 60; Shimano Deore M590 at the front, Shimano XT Shadow at the rear and Shimano Deore Rapidfire shifters with Shimano M446 disc brakes on the front and rear for control of the bike which matches up to the precision of the handling. The Alex XC44 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron Active tyres are a duo found on some of the other Scale 2012 models and they still hold up on this more capable edition. The own-brand racing seat and comp seatpost show that Scott is not afraid to use its own kit even as the price increases.
You can choose from two distinct frame finishes for the 2012 edition of the Scott Scale 60. The first is a black and green colour scheme, with an emphasis on the green, while the second is a less showy black and red alternative with a healthy dose of grey. Every facet of this bike has been carefully selected and often customised to give it something special which you would struggle to find elsewhere. You might think that this jack of all trades is not going to appeal to you and your specialist needs, but for enthusiasts who want to develop a broad skill set it is a sensible choice.