The Scott Aspect 10 is an affordable alloy-framed mountain bike designed for solid performance on the trail with a price that makes it appealing to a wide audience.

This is the top bike in the Aspect range and so begins to compete with more capable bikes plucked from the higher echelons of the mountain bike market. However, it makes a name for itself thanks to pleasing performance, good components and the opportunities which it provides to novice riders who want to earn their stripes onboard a confidence-inspiring hardtail.

The Aspect Alloy 6061 D.B. frame features an integrated head tube and is appropriately stiff and light for a mountain bike in this price range. The geometry has been developing over the years and it manages to blend the right mixture of comfort and poised performance so that fledgling riders are able to get as much as possible out of the Scott Aspect 10 as a whole.

At the front you get the RockShox Recon Silver TK Solo Air fork with convenient poploc lockout and adjustable rebound. The 100mm of travel it provides is appropriate for what you would anticipate from this type of bike and it does a good job of keeping the suspension progressive and supple without completely taking the sails out of a rider while they are attempting to surge forwards at speed or make their way upwards as they face a climb.

The drive train is made up of a mixture of components from the Shimano Deore and XT groupsets, which means that the Scott Aspect 10 certainly has some of the most capable kit in its category. You get rapidfire plus shifters which live up to their name and let you change gear at speed without any kind of jarring or complaints from the transmission. There are also Shimano BR-M446 hydraulic disc brakes doing their job at the front and rear, which means you can avoid the lack of smoothness that comes from some of the mechanically operated alternatives on affordable mountain bikes like this.

To keep you rolling quickly without weighing you down the Scott Aspect 10 comes with Alex XC-44 Disc 32H rims combined with Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres. This is the kind of partnership you need if you want to ensure that your bike is build on durable foundations, because some lesser wheelsets will be more inclined towards early wear and tear, leaving you with a bigger bill to foot in the long term. This is the kind of thing that is worth thinking about when picking up your first serious mountain bike, because while affordability may be a key concern, it can end up becoming a false economy if you choose a bike that has components that are quick to come apart at the seams. For this reason the Scott Aspect 10 represents a sensible choice.

A Scott Aspect saddle is standard for this range and is joined by the Scott Comp seat post. You get the Scott Aspect OS handlebar at the front with an 8 inch backsweep, letting you sit in a comfortable and stable position which is going to help you overcome challenging trails on your own terms.

While the Scott Aspect 10 may be perched at the top of its own tree, it is still surprisingly well priced and should not put off riders who want to migrate from a more generic brand of mountain bike to something that feels more special and is indeed more specialised. A stiff hardtail setup makes it good for trail blazing and its components have the kind of durability that will help you to use it as a daily driver without any issues.