Scott Aspect 60 Review
The Scott Aspect 60 is a low cost hardtail mountain bike with a rugged set of components and an overall setup that will let you have fun, whether you are tackling a trail or taking on the tarmac. Such a bike needs to be a good all-rounder, since riders may well want something they can use every day, as well as a model for those weekend off-road jaunts. The Scott Aspect 60 certainly delivers on those two fronts.
Heading up the Scott Aspect 60’s list of features is its 6061 alloy frame, with performance geometry. This means that it is angled towards offering riders a stiff, light platform for mountain dominance, with a rigidity that allows for excellent power transfer during the climbs and good acceleration from a standing start.
Of course a mountain bike needs to be able to comply with the lie of the land and so you get a Suntour XCT V4 fork with 100mm of travel. This will soak up serious hits and allow you to progress smoothly across rough terrain, that might otherwise pass on all the bumps and shakes right up the fork, through the handlebar and on to your arms and body. The Scott Aspect 60 ends up offering a comfortable ride without also becoming too vague or dull in the handling department, which is important for those who want to squeeze all the fun they can from their time in the saddle.
You get a combination of Shimano components to make up the transmission of the Scott Aspect 60, including an Altus derailleur and EZ-fire, plus shifters, for speed and precision in each gear change. Scott Comp V-Brakes are a suitable budget conscious option on this type of bike, with own brand components from this manufacturer proving to be just as hard wearing as the kit bought in from elsewhere.
Scott hubs and spokes are matched with Araya TX-633 rims that are rigid and tough enough to take on the big stuff. There are also Kenda K901F tyres with a chunky tread pattern to help keep you in secure contact with slippery surfaces.
A Scott Aspect saddle joins the standard Scott seatpost, to put you in an adjustable position that will hopefully, end up favouring your strengths and your physiology. Meanwhile, the Scott Aspect OS handlebar presents itself upfront, to help you guide the bike accurately when out on the trail.
Because the Scott Aspect 60 is a light hardtail mountain bike, it is also quite well suited to urban use. While cheaper full suspension bikes can end up being a bit baggy and unwieldy on city streets, this stiffer model has the potential to help you pull away from other traffic and roll quickly across smooth surfaces, while still having that off-road resource at your command when you need it.
It is clear that Scott has created this bike with budget as a top priority, but that does not mean that this example is put together with any less care or attention to detail than its costlier siblings.
You could argue that the lower end of the market is actually more competitive because there are plenty of other bargain basement bikes vying for the attention of the consumer. The Scott Aspect 60 manages to keep its head above the parapet, thanks to a well designed frame fashioned from durable material. There is always the scope to upgrade any of the components which come with it at a later date, rather than replacing the whole bike and this is due to the comprehensive decency of the frame itself.
Scott Aspect 60 Specifications
- Front Fork: Suntour XCT-V4 100mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano TX50
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus M430
- Gears: 21
- Chainring: 42/34/24T
- Cassette: Shimano TZ21 14-28T 7 speed
- Shifters: Shimano EF51L EZ-Fire Plus
- Brakes: Scott Comp V-Brake
- Wheels: Araya TX-633
- Tyres: Kenda K901F, 26×2.1