Scott Aspect 50 Review
The Scott Aspect 50 is a mountain bike with a hardtail frame, a supple front fork and a price point which will give it broad appeal to first timers or those who want to keep their spend in check. While its value is definitely a key asset, you still get a well built bike with plenty of competent components to give you a fun off road experience which also translates well to the tarmac for urban riding.
The Scott Aspect 50 is based around a 6061 alloy frame, with an integrated headtube and geometry that has been fashioned around a performance-oriented arrangement. This means that the bike remains surprisingly light, while still giving you the ability to accelerate efficiently and keep on pedalling over long distances, without expending too much energy on top of what would typically be required.
You get a Suntour XCM-H fork with 100mm of travel and the option to activate a lockout mode, whereby the suspension is stiffened and the whole bike becomes more agile, with responsive handling to boot. This means that the Scott Aspect 50 can take on the rough stuff off road, while still offering you a platform which will be comfortable and capable on the tarmac. And if you are seeking a bike which will handle a multitude of tasks, thus representing value for money, then this model will probably fit the bill.
You get a Shimano drivetrain with some components from the Acera groupset. You also get Scott Comp V-Brakes, which are perfectly acceptable at this price point. Meanwhile, the wheelset consists of Araya TX-633 rims and Kenda K901F tyres, giving you traction and control on the mud, dust and gravel, while still allowing you to pick up speed quickly on the road.
The Scott Aspect saddle and standard Scott seatpost do their jobs without complaint, while you get the Aspect OS handlebar in black at the front, to put you right in the middle of the riding experience.
The most obvious areas in which concessions have been made to price are arguably the brakes, as the Scott Aspect 50 lacks the disc brake kit found on its more expensive siblings. However, this is something that will probably not put off novice riders to a significant degree, particularly if budget is the driving force behind your cycling decision making. In addition, you can always upgrade to disc brakes later on, if you want to enhance the bike.
On the plus side, the Scott Aspect 50 really comes into its own when you consider it from the point of view of handling and stability. It feels pleasingly neutral, meaning that you can throw it into corners and take on the twists without it getting too skittish or too dull. This kind of responsiveness is going to be well suited to a developing rider, who will want a bike that can build their confidence. The frame as a whole is definitely stable, even when put under pressure. The fork does a good job of soaking up impacts and smoothing out rough off road surfaces, while being able to activate the lockout will give the bike a broader range of applications.
The real reason to purchase the Scott Aspect 50 lies in its alloy frame which, as with many of this manufacturer’s ranges, is largely identical to what you will find on far more expensive models. As such, the cash you save on lower end components does not mean that they are lumbered with a basic frame. And the frame is always going to be one of a bike’s most important assets.
Scott Aspect 50 Specifications
- Front Fork: Suntour XCM-H with lockout 100mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano M190
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera
- Gears: 24
- Chainring: 42/34/24T
- Cassette: Shimano HG31 11-32T 8-speed
- Shifters: Shimano EF51L EZ-Fire Plus
- Brakes: Scott Comp V-Brake
- Wheels: Araya TX-633
- Tyres: Kenda K901F, 26×2.1