Scott Aspect 29 Review
The Scott Aspect 29 is a range of hardtail mountain bikes aimed at those looking for good performance towards the more affordable end of the market. Twenty nine inch wheels, competitively selected components and setups that will help novice riders gain confidence and have fun, all help to keep these bikes in contention when you are looking for an upgrade.
Scott Aspect 29 Trail
The Scott Aspect 29 Trail initiates the range with a 6061 alloy frame, which is intrinsically durable and stiff. The geometry has been arranged to give you excellent performance, so that things like power transfer and handling are both impressive for a bike of this price.
The front end of the bike is given some much needed vertical compliance, thanks to the Suntrou XCT-V3 fork, which delivers 100mm of travel and makes sure that the bike can roll smoothly across rugged terrain, while still giving you good climbing capabilities, which is what you want to see from a hardtail model.
Shimano components on the drivetrain are joined by Scott Comp V-Brakes at the front and rear for speed control and a lower cost than disc-based alternatives. You also get Araya TX-733 rims and Impac Outpac tyres on the wheelset.
Scott Aspect 29 Tour
The Scott Aspect 29 Tour keeps things simple with its alloy frame and the improved Suntour XCM-H fork. This time you can access the full 100mm of travel when necessary, but you also have the option to activate lockout mode, giving you eminent stiffness that will make it even easier to ride this bike in urban environments and not just off road.
A Shimano drivetrain that integrates some components from the Acera groupset represents a nice improvement over the Trail model, while you also make the step up to Shimano mechanical disc brakes for better all-weather operation and improved overall stopping power.
Araya DS-700 Disc rims and Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres make for a sturdy, grippy wheelset which also gives you that essentially big rolling, sustained momentum of a 29er.
Scott Aspect 29 Sport
The Scott Aspect 29 Sport retains the 6061 alloy frame with double butted tubing for lightness and sustained strength. The integrated headtube means that it not only weighs less, but also has a rigidity that might otherwise be lacking from lower end bikes such as this.
You get a Suntour XCR fork which has the same 100mm of travel available in the shock. However, by picking a costlier model you get suspension, which offers slicker progression when taking the hits, so the bike never feels like it is overcompensating for minor bumps or not doing enough to help you soak up major impacts.
Shimano Alivio derailleur components and other kit from this manufacturer make sure that the transmission of the bike operates smoothly and effectively.
You get Shimano BR-M446 disc brakes which are hydraulically operated. This means that they offer improved precision over the mechanical models found on the Aspect 29 Tour, consequently appealing to more advanced riders who need that extra degree of performance out of their bike.
The same wheelset is carried over from the Tour for the Sport model and you also get the Scott Comp seatpost with a Scott Aspect seat. Meanwhile, the front end of the bike features the Scott Aspect OS handlebar for an involving ride that never gets away from you.
While anyone who is in the market for a low cost 29er will certainly give the Scott Aspect 29 range the time of day, it is important to note that you actually get mountain bikes which are built with performance in mind, not just cost savings.
Scott Aspect 29 Specifications
- Front Fork: Suntour XCR, lockout, 100mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M592
- Gears: 27
- Chainring: Shimano M430 44/32/22T
- Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-32T 9-speed
- Shifters: Shimano Alivio Rapidfire Plus 2
- Brakes: Shimano M446 hydraulic disc
- Wheels: Araya DS-700 Disc, black
- Tyres: Schwalbe Rapid Rob, 29×2.25