Scott Scale 700 Review
The Scott Scale 700 range of mountain bikes introduces a 27.5 inch wheelset for 2014, giving you a balance between the capabilities of 26 inch and 29 inch alternatives in what is an emerging cycle segment. Light frames and suitably supple suspension further distinguish these hardtail racers.
Cards on the table first, I love the Scott Scale bikes, such beauty, in both design and functionality. Ride one of these and you’ll not want to give it back!
Scott Scale 770
The basis of the Scale 770 is its alloy frame with custom butted tubing and geometry arranged around the 27.5 inch wheel size. This is a good match for shorter riders who want to enjoy the smooth, fast rolling of a 29er without finding that the fit of the bike is off kilter with their physique.
A Suntour XCR RL-R fork provides 100mm of travel and the stiffness of the back end makes this a good tool for climbing and acceleration. Shimano Deore drivetrain components and BL-M395 disc brakes are a valuable proposition at this price point. Speaking of price, the 770 is a superb £700.
Scott Scale 760
The alloy frame of the Scale 760 incorporates a tapered headtube to boost stiffness and also ensure that the rider has more control over the bike. A RockShox XC3 30 TK fork with 100mm travel is located up front and you get Syncros XC rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres to put the bike on a solid, grippy grounding.
Shimano Deore and Deore XT derailleurs and shifters help smoothly drive the chain through 40/30/22 chainrings and a 11-36T cassette.
Scott Scale 750
Scott mixes things up in the suspension arena once again for the Scale 750, as it uses a Fox 32 Float Evolution fork with CTD technology, giving you three different compression settings to help take on climbs, technical trails and tricky descents. RideLoc remote technology from Scott lets you switch between these modes at will.
The drivetrain uses kit from the Shimano XT and SLX ranges, while Shimano BR-4557 disc brakes with a 180mm rotor at the front and a 160mm rotor at the rear make sure that you can keep the bike composed whatever the weather.
Scott Scale 735
For the Scale 735 an IMP carbon mainframe is introduced, harnessing this surprisingly light material in such a way that also preserves stiffness and strength. At 11.1kg and £1,800 this is the model we see as the mainstay of the range. A RockShox XC30 Gold TK fork with 100mm travel is found taking the hits at the front end, along with a Syncros FL2.5 handlebar.
The frame of the bike is also equipped with the Shock Damping System (SDS) which helps to cut down on road rumble and buzz, making the Scale 735 very well behaved on both the tarmac and the track, which is useful if you are planning to make it your everyday ride.
Scott Scale 730
The carbon mainframe of the Scale 730 is scaled up to accommodate a 29 inch wheelset comprised of Syncros XC rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres with Kevlar bead technology for durability. You also get an adjustable bottom bracket, a Fox 32 Float Evolution CTD fork with its 3 compression modes and an SRAM drivetrain using X7 and X9 components.
Shimano BL-M615 disc brakes are onboard, with smooth operation assured. You also get a Syncros FL2.0 seatpost and a XR2.0 saddle on Cr-Mo rails.
Scott Scale 720
The 27.5 inch wheels return for the Scale 720, along with the IMP carbon frame, SDS features and much more. Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres are used in this instance, improving reliability thanks to the PaceStar compound.
Shimano SLX and XT equipment constitutes the drivetrain, along with BL-M615 disc brakes and a crankset using hollowtech 2 components. DT Swiss Competition 2.0 spokes are a well judged match for this mountain biking setup.
Scott Scale 710
HMX carbon material is used in the construction of the frame of the Scale 710, keeping the weight nice and low (9.8kg). You get a Fox 32 Float Factory CTD fork with its trio of damper modes controlled via the remote RideLoc system from Scott.
Shimano XT derailleurs, shifters and BR-M785 brakes and levers are corralled into order on this model, with Syncros XR2.0 CL rims, DT Swiss Aero Comp spokes and Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres teaming up for the wheelset. Meanwhile a Syncros XR1.5 saddle on titanium rails sits on top of an FL1.5 seatpost from the same manufacturer.
Scott Scale 700 RC
The Scale 700 RC is a hardtail mountain bike base on the kinds of models that professional racing teams harness. The HMX carbon frame is solid in itself, but is backed up by a RockShox SID 29 RL3 fork with 100mm of travel and 3 modes manageable via Scott’s RideLoc solution.
SRAM XX1 and XO1 kit is included in the drivetrain setup, with Shimano XTR M987 disc brakes making short work of speed control. Ritchey Carbon WCS 2X handlebars make the bike lighter than its siblings, with a Carbon Link Flex Logic seatpost included with the same aim in mind.
Scott Scale 700 Premium
A carbon frame is a given at this point in the range, and you get a Fox 32 Float Factory CTD fork with a Kashima coating for improved operation and reliability. The Shimano XTR groupset provides the gearing for the Scale 700 Premium, as well as the brakes.
Syncros FL1.0 Carbon T-Bar handlebars and a matching seatpost mark this out as an enviable package, with Syncros XR1.5 rims, DT Swiss Aero Comp spokes and the reliable, oft-used Rocket Ron EVO tyres from Schwalbe also joining the fray.
Scott Scale 700 SL
Real time ride optimisation is key to the Scott Scale 700 SL and is afforded thanks to the Fox 32 Float Factory CTD fork with Kashima coating and the RideLoc remote technology.
A Ritchey WCS Carbon Tapered headset, along with carbon handlebars and seatpost from Syncros, are natural inclusions here. An SRAM XX1 drivetrain and Shimano XTR M987 disc brakes are also worthy of note.
The wheelset consists of DT Swiss Aerolite spokes, XR1.0 Carbon rims from Syncros and the respected Schwalbe Thunder Burt EVO tyres. This is the kind of formula that serious, competitive riders are looking for in a mountain bike and there is no doubt that the Scale 700 SL is more than capable of living up to whatever expectations you might have.