Scott Scale 20 Review

I really like this bike, there, I’ve said it. It looks good, but more importantly, it rides great. But so it should for £3,000.

The 2012 Scott Scale 20 mountain bike is a bike designed for cross country racing; with a lightweight frame and components, this bike is designed for the budget orientated racer. Ha. How can I say £3,000 and budget in the same breath, I hear you scream? Well, it’s designed for racing, and it’s at the bottom end of the scale for those types of bike. Look, you know as well as I do, if you’re going to go racing, then you need a bike that can do the job. Scott have produced the Scale 20 to do just that, but if you’re just starting to race, you want an entry level race bike, and back to the beginning we go. So let’s move on.

The Scale 20 weighs just 9.8kg which makes it an extremely light weight bike. It’s worth noting that the Scale 10 is 9.3kg, the Scale 30 9.9kg and the Scale 35 just 10kg so if you are looking for a lightweight Scott Scale, you’ve plenty to choose from.

The Scott Scale 20 is a bike that is architecturally the same as the Scott 899 but uses HMF fibre instead of HMX. The new 2012 derivative of the bike is stiff and light. By having a tapered head tube and increasing the structure strength in heavily loaded areas by layering up fibres in areas of high stress the head, top and down tubes can be produced as a single unit. By using this method of production stiffness in the bike is increased by 10-15 % when compared to the previous model. Oh, and it looks good too.

With regard to the components, I’ll be honest and say I can’t make my mind up if Scott have got this right. Don’t get me wrong, the Shimano XT kit is fabulous, but should they have used XTR components instead, or perhaps SRAM X9?

There has to be some identity between models and it’s interesting to see how Scott have gone about this on the 2012 Scale bikes. If we just look at the derailleur kit, this is the 2012 line-up;

  • Scale SL – SRAM XX
  • Scale Premium – Shimano XTR
  • Scale RC – SRAM XX
  • Scale 10 – SRAM X0
  • Scale 20 – Shimano XT
  • Scale 30 – Shimano SLX
  • Scale 35 – SRAM X7
  • Scale 40 – Shimano SLX
  • Scale 50 – Shimano SLX
  • Scale 60 – Shimano Deore & XT
  • Scale 70 – Shimano Deore & SLX
  • Scale 80 – Shimano Alivio & Deore

Perhaps the Scale 20 should have had SRAM X9 and then the Scale have the Shimano XT components?

However, they haven’t, they have instead used Shimano XT rear and front derailleurs, plus XT shifters along with Shimano break levers and disc brakes. The crankset and BB set are also produced by Shimano although it uses Scott handlebars and head system with a 6 degree angle on it.

The Scott RC 03-60 seat post is used in conjunction with the Selle Italia seat which means that you travel in complete comfort. The DT Swiss XR20 rims are a lightweight rim that is also very durable especially when combined with the superb Scwalbe Rocket Ron EVO Kevlar beaded tubeless pace star compound tyres.

The Shimano CS-M771-10 cassette is used on the Scott Scale 20, which is a high performance cassette produced from Aluminium to give a lightweight 10 speed component that is highly suited to the Shimano CN-HG74 chain. All this combines to produce 30 gears of sweet beauty. The Scale 20 uses Shimano clipless pedals that are produced in Cromoly Steel to give a lightweight yet durable product.

Model: Scott Scale 20
4 / 5 stars
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