Scott Scale 900 Review
The Scott Scale 900 family tree is populated by 29ers which enable efficient off-road riding while still maintaining a low overall weight. Alloy and carbon frames as well as effective front-end suspension and a stiff rear section make these models suitable for weekend fun or competitive matchups.
Scott Scale 970
A custom butted alloy frame is matched with a Suntour XCR RL-R fork with 100mm of travel to get things off to a good start with the Scale 970. The Shimano Deore drivetrain and BL-M395 disc brakes are also in tow, with Syncros XC rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres making an appearance here as well as frequently throughout the rest of the range.
The setup may appear ordinary but when we say that this is a 29er MTB, with Deore components and disc brakes for less than £700, we think this is an excellent choice for those just starting out in mountain biking.
Scott Scale 960
For this bike you get an alloy frame with a RockShox XC 30 TK Solo Air fork, which features remote lockout should you want to cut out compression completely and stiffen up the entire bike. Shimano Deore XT and Deore kit is used to help transfer power from the pedals into forward momentum, with BL-M395 disc brakes stopping the bike from getting away from you.
The groupset on the Scale 960 is like so many entry-level bikes, triple chainring (40/30/22) with 11-36T cassette to help less experienced riders through the gears.
Scott Scale 950
As well as the superlight alloy tubing, the Scale 950 introduces a tapered head tube which is designed to increase the precision of the control of the bike as well as making it feel stiffer without adding to the weight.
A Fox 32 Float Evolution CTD fork has three different damper modes, which you can select using the RideLoc Remote Technology system that Scott has developed with this in mind. The presence of the Shimano XT and SLX groupsets on the gearing is a good sign of the bike’s capabilities, as are the BL-M447 disc brakes.
Scott Scale 940
An alloy frame and Fox 32 Float Evolution fork are also at the heart of the Scale 940, but this time the wheelset is improved thanks to the inclusion of light and strong DT Swiss Champion Black spokes, which add to the already impressive combo of Syncros XC rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres.
Shimano BL-M615 disc brakes are also a step up from the more basic models, with a Syncros XR2.0 saddle on Cr-Mo rails making a comfortable platform for the rider to occupy.
Scott Scale 935
The Scale 935 is the first model in the range to use a carbon frame with tough and light IMP technology. It also introduces the RockShox XC 30 Gold TK fork to the party, with Shimano Deore and Deore XT kit coming together for the drivetrain to make sure it offers good performance at an appropriate price point.
A carbon framed bike can be secured at this point in the range because a couple of other components have been chosen from the more affordable end of the spectrum, including the Shimano BR-M395 brakes.
Scott Scale 930
The carbon frame gets the SDS shock damping system to keep road rumble from disrupting the rider’s performance. A Fox 32 Float Evolution Fork returns for the Scale 930, with the same three modes offered with a remote lockout option.
SRAM X7 and X9 kit combines for the drivetrain, with BR-M615 brakes from Shimano also on the menu. Syncros supplies the saddle, seatpost, handlebars and rims, ensuring a consistency of quality across the third party elements of the bike.
Scott Scale 920
The Fox fork and carbon frame remain a good match for the Scale 920, with a Ritchey Pro Minus Tapered headset preserving rigidity and boosting handling capabilities for the bike.
The wheelset consists of DT Swiss Competition 2.0 spokes coupled to Syncros XC rims and finished off with Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres with Kevlar bead and PaceStar compound for a light and long lasting way to stay in contact with rough and ready surfaces.
Scott Scale 910
The HMF carbon fibre frame of the Scale 910 is an asset as it makes it one of the lightest bikes in its class. It comes with a Fox 32 Float Factory CTD fork, Shimano XT drivetrain and BR-M785 brakes to keep up the level of competency across the setup.
A Syncros XR1.5 saddle is part of this package, affixed to titanium rails and perched on the FL1.5 saddle, also from Syncros. DT Swiss Aero Comp spokes join XR2.0 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres on the wheelset.
Scott Scale 900 RC
HMX fibre weave is harnessed for the Scale 900 RC as lightness and strength are to be expected on a mountain bike like this. A RockShox SID 29 RL3 fork comes with DNA3 custom damper technology, offering the three modes that are preferred for tackling diverse tracks and trails.
SRAM XX1 derailleurs and crankset components with a Carbon crankarm can be found on the list of its specifications, along with Shimano XTR M987 disc brakes at the front and rear, Syncros XR RC rims, DT Swiss Aero Comp spokes and Rocket Ron EVO tyres from Schwalbe.
Scott Scale 900 Premium
By adding a Kashima coating to the Fox 32 Float Factory CTD fork, the suspension operates with greater smoothness and for a longer period before giving up the ghost, which is what you would want to find on a high end hardtail mountain bike like the Scale 900 Premium. Shimano XTR gears and brakes are included, along with a carbon handlebar and seatpost from Syncros.
Scott Scale 900 SL
The Scale Carbon frame of the 900 SL uses both HMX material and IMP technology, in combination with SDS, to keep the rider comfortable, confident and in a position to put down some speed on whatever terrain faces them.
A Ritchey WCS Carbon Tapered headset also has this goal in mind, with the SRAM XX1 drivetrain sealing the deal. The Syncros XR1.0 saddle perches on carbon rails and there are even XR1.0 Carbon rims topped with Schwalbe Thunder Burt EVO tyres and coupled to DT Swiss Aerolite spokes onboard.
This is the most desirable bike in the Scott Scale 900 range and deserves its position, with enough ability to satisfy the pros.