Scott Scale 35 Mountain Bike Review
Although priced at £2,100, the Scott Scale 35 mountain bike is an entry level bike. It’s the starting point for the Scott Scale carbon MTB range. Based upon the Scott 899 model, the Scale 35 gives the rider a bike that is architecturally the same at the Scott 899 but using HMF fibre instead of HMX and has a seat clamp that is a standard quick release. This bike is based on the idea that you can get a good bike that is cheaper to purchase but has the ability to be upgraded as and when required.
The new 2012 version of the bike is light but stiff. Using the tapered head tube and increased structural strength in the high load areas achieved by producing the down tube, head tube and top tube in a single process adding extra fibres to the areas which take the greatest stress; this process increases the stiffness of the bike by between 10-15% over the 2011 model.
The new PFBB92 standard press fit bottom bracket means that as the bottom bracket is now not made from bonded alloy pieces there is a frame weight saving of 30 grams whilst also contributing to the increased stiffness in the frame.
The use of the 160mm post mounted calliper interface, which is now a single unit with the chain stay and dropout, along with the use of a carbon monocoque seat stay tube give an additional weight saving of 25 grams over the previous year’s model as calliper adaptors are now no longer needed.
The Scott Scale 35 mountain bike is equipped with Scott’s innovative shock damping system (SDS). The SDS system balances the rear triangles lateral stiffness with the vertical compliance of the bike which when optimized reduces the excessive input frequency from the ground producing the increased damping effect.
All these components mean that the overall weight of the bike is only 10kg. With the inclusion of DT Swiss XR30 Disc rims and the Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, the wheels on the bike are high specification but can be easily changed if required – but I can’t see a reason to do that at this stage. With a Selle Italia Team Edition seat you will feel like a professional rider when sat on top of your bike. The Shimano PD-M520 clipless pedals included are made of Cromoly Steel and are designed to give a lightweight compact pedal suitable for multiple uses. Mud and water are kept out of the working area of the pedal as the spindle bearing is encased in a sealed cartridge giving the pedal durability.
As on the Scott Scale 30, the Scale 35 uses RockShox Reba RL front forks which offer 100mm travel.
The Rear Derailleur is a SRAM X9 whilst the front is a SRAM X7, as are the Shifters. These combined give a durable lightweight gear system that can be upgraded in the future if necessary for increased performance but are only surpassed by the SRAM XX or SRAM X0, unless you prefer Shimano kit that is. With the inclusion of a SRAM crank set and Avid Elixir 5S Carbon Brakes and levers the overall components on the bike give lightweight performance making the Scott Scale 35 Mountain bike a great bike.