Scott Scale 30 Review
I’ve just reviewed the Scott Scale 20 bike and it would be very easy to say that the Scale 30 is the same as the Scale 20 but it’s £500 cheaper. I’m not being flippant, it is £500 cheaper and it’s very similar, and both are superb bikes. In fact, I want one.
The 2012 Scott Scale 30 Mountain Bike has been completely redesigned from its predecessor. The bike is designed around Scott’s innovative shock damping system (SDS) which gives vertical compliance to take the bumps out of the track but still gives superb responsiveness and directional control, achieved by optimising the rear triangle lateral stiffness and the amount of vertical travel. The frame includes a head tube that is tapered which improves the stiffness in the front end, rear post mount and a carbon dropout which all reduces the overall weight of the bike. The Scott Scale 30 also has cables that run inside the frame so that they are protected from dirt and corrosion.
The moulding process involved in making the frame of the bike means that as the top, head and down tubes are made in a single process the carbon is increased in layers in the areas which are highly stressed and this then leads to an 11% saving in the amount of material used leading to an overall saving in the frame weight.
The bottom bracket used on the bike is a press fit which means 30 grams of weight are saved whilst the stiffness of the bike is increased. The need for calliper adaptors is eliminated as the dropout, chain stay and seat stay are produced as a carbon monocoque which the calliper interface is directly mounted onto saving 25 grams of weight.
The overall weight of the bike is only 10kg with the majority of the weight being saved in the frame. Further weight savings come from the use of lightweight Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur and the Shimano SLX front derailleur. The inclusion of a Selle Italia Team Edition seat means that you will feel like a professional rider when sat on top of your bike. You might not look like one, but hey, you’ll feel like one.
The Cromoly Steel Shimano PD-M520 clipless pedals included are designed for multiple use as a lightweight compact pedal. Mud and water cannot access the interior working parts of the pedal due to the spindle bearing being enclosed in a sealed cartridge which gives the pedal maximum durability. The front and rear hubs are DT Swiss XR30 Disc IT made from aluminium. The front fork is a Rock Shox Reba RL which has a tapered steerer, air, pop lock remote lockout and have 100mm of travel available. The DT Swiss XR30 rims used, give a great lightweight rim that is durable when riding rough trails especially when combined with the Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO Kevlar beaded tubeless ready pace star compound tyres.
With the Avid Elixir 5S brakes and levers and the Shimano XT FC-M770-10 hollowtech crankset the bike has a performance frame with lightweight suspension, components and wheels that give outstanding value for money. The Scott Scale 30 2012 bike is definitely a bike to have fun on whilst saving some money to upgrade at a later date.