Scott Scale 10 Review
The Scott Scale 10 bike weighs in at a low 9.3kg as although architecturally based on the Scott 899 it uses the HMF fibre instead of the HMX which along with other changes saves a lot of weight. The new 2012 model of the Scale 10 is incredibly light without losing any of its stiffness when compared to the 2011 bike. The use of a tapered head tube along with increased structural strength in all the heavily stressed and loaded areas, obtained from layering fibres and combining the top, head and down tubes into a single piece component increases performance still further. All this techno-stuff means the new Scott Scale 10 increases in stiffness by around 10-15% when being compared to the previous bike.
The 2012 Scale 10 bike utilises Scott’s new shock damping system (SDS), which reduces the impact of stress coming through the frame from the ground. The lateral stiffness at the rear triangle of the bike is balanced against the vertical without compromising on control or stability.
The Scott Scale 10 bike uses a RockShox SID XL air rebound adjustable tapered fork which has 100mm of travel. The headset is a Ritchey Pro tapered semi integrated system. The front and rear derailleur’s are the superb SRAM X0, made from carbon and provide 20 gears of poor smoothness. The brake system are the top of the range Avid Elixir 9RS carbon brake levers and rotor brakes.
The DT Swiss XR10 rims are a lightweight rim that is also very durable especially when combined with the Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO Kevlar beaded tubeless pace star compound tyres. The Selle Italia SLR XP Team Edition Vanox seat means that whatever the terrain you are riding you will still be in complete comfort.
The Scott Scale 10 mountain bike is designed to be great on flat trails with the ability to give the rider an easy climb up any incline. With this combination of components, the Scott Scale 10 feels smooth to ride making easy riding of any rough terrain without jolting the rider. Whilst designed specifically for cross country racing, this is a top bike that deserves our near perfect score of 4.5 stars.
With a high specification lightweight frame along with high specification lightweight components this bike is up to giving any rider that competitive edge.