Scott Aspect 30 Review

The Scott Aspect 30 is a hardtail trail bike which keeps in mind the fact that not all riders want to spend their life savings on a cycle in order to have a good time off-road. As such, you get an appealing setup with solid components built around a stiff frame, all priced at a point that will not put off a mainstream audience.

The most essential element of any bike is its frame and the Scott Aspect 30 gets a 6061 alloy option with performance geometry and an integrated head tube. Since it is a hard tail mountain bike, it is inevitably stiff and responsive, allowing you to control it without being hindered or compromised. This also translates into a setup that lends itself to climbing and cross country speed, with efficient pedalling made possible, thanks to the frame’s natural ability to transfer power effectively.

The fork of the Scott Aspect 30 is the Suntour XCR with 100mm of travel and a lockout option to modify just how compliant the front end will be. You will need some decent suspension like this if you want your mountain bike to be able to cover ground that might be a little too rough for a cycle with a rigid fork. The shock not only makes it possible to absorb bumps and thus take some pressure off the frame, improving durability, but also means that major impacts are not passed onto the rider. You will want to ride the Scott Aspect 30 time and again, since you can be confident that it will take the sting out of the tail of the trail.

Scott has chosen a selection of Shimano components for the drive train of this model, with the Alivio and Acera groupsets represented. These are not particularly prestigious pieces of kit, but they get the job done and are commonly found on bikes of this price. Shifting gears occurs fluidly enough and you can essentially use the bike to the best of your abilities, whether that might involve simple weekend fun in the sun or more serious competitive riding.

Tektro SCH-01 disc brakes are found on the Scott Aspect 30 and it is good to see that you get the added precision afforded by hydraulic operation. This is superior to any mechanical alternative because you can be exacting in your control of the bike, rather than having to slam on the anchors or try and feather them inexpertly.

Alex XC-44 Disc 32H rims are wrapped in the Schwalbe Black Jack tyres, so the wheelset is able to take the kind of punishment that terrain inevitably doles out ,to a mountain bike which is ridden as its designers intended. You get the specially designed Scott Aspect saddle and a standard Scott seat post, while the handlebar is also part of the group of components that are exclusive to the Aspect range.

Identifying the Scott Aspect 30 as a mountain bike purely suitable for amateurs and those on a budget is perhaps a little unfair, as it immediately brings up images of second rate components or design choices which reek of cut corners and compromises. This is simply not an accurate way of describing this model, since it has reliability and durability on its side, allowing you to keep using it effectively ,both in off-road conditions and also on the tarmac. If you are so inclined, it could be a cycle that is suitable for daily use and one which can then transform into an all-terrain beast at the weekend ,when you want to get away from urban streets.

Scott Aspect 30 Specifications

  • Front Fork: Suntour XCR with lockout, 100mm travel
  • Rear Shock: N/A
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
  • Gears: 27
  • Chainring: Shimano M391 44/32/22T
  • Cassette: Shimano HG20 11-32T 9-speed
  • Shifters: Shimano M390 Rapidfire Plus
  • Brakes: Tektro SCH-01 Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: Alex XC44 Disc
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Black Jack, 26×2.1