Scott Scale 70 Review
The Scott Scale 70 is back for 2012 and some might argue that it is better than ever. Although the Scale family runs the gamut from bargain basement mountain bikes, circa £700 to class-leading race winners at £8,800 for the Scale SL, each of the models feels special enough to be worthy of attention and at this price point (£900) it is very hard to find a bike that is as light and tight as the Scott Scale 70. The only bikes that come to mind are the Specialized Rockhopper, Cannondale Trail SL or a few of the Trek hardtails.
The Scale 70 retains the same racing pedigree as its forebears but it is the eminent user friendliness which should catch your attention. Firstly the Scale Alloy 6061 frame has the superlight butted tubing that makes even less of an impact on the overall weight (12.4kg) than the entry level Scale 80. You might assume that with light weight comes a skittishness to the handling, but Scott has once again proved that you can build a bike which is responsive without being unstable and planted without being soggy. The Scott Pilot 18 Team handlebars will respond deftly to your every twitch and when tackling trails it should fly along thanks to the hardtail stiffness of the frame which puts acceleration at top of the to-do list.
Scott Scale 70 Specifications
100mm of travel is endowed upon the Scott Scale 70 by the RockShox XC30 TK Coil fork which features an alloy steerer, adjustable rebound and full lockout potential. This may be a little more travel than you might expect but given that the road ahead is always unpredictable it gives you that extra breathing space to soak up the big hits and rumble over rocky surfaces without feeling jarred or discombobulated. Although some might prefer an air fork, at this price point it is difficult to take issue with the components of the Scale 70.
The Shimano components which make up the gearing, aid the rider to put all of their efforts into powering the Scott Scale 70 forwards. It is as if the whole bike is designed around playing to your strengths rather than exacerbating your weaknesses and if you are looking for an all-rounder it is certainly worth considering. The Scale 70 shares the same kit as the Scott Scale 60, this being; Shimano Deore M590 at the front, Shimano XT rear derailleur and Shimano Deore Rapidfire shifters.
Shimano M446 disc brakes feature at the front and rear, while Alex XC44 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron Active tyres let you dash quickly across open ground while still digging in should you need to tackle a slippery climb.
This means the primary difference between the £150 more expensive Scale 60 and the 70, are the air forks. If you can afford it, I’d recommend going for the Scale 60 over the 70 but if price is an issue, go for the 70, still an excellent bike.
A revamped colour scheme for 2012 sees the Scott Scale 70 donning a black and yellow garb, perhaps inspired by a recent R&B hit. It is a good looking bike which stands up to scrutiny. Perhaps most importantly it is a diverse performer, able to put you in a dominant position whether you are tackling a trail or simply fooling about in your spare time. The thrills are always under your control and the speed of the bike combined with its forgiving fork and top handling are good reasons to give it a much closer examination.