Scott Scale RC Review
The 2012 Scott Scale RC Mountain Bike is another of the Scott family of bikes whose primary focus is weigh, without compromise – no, not marketing bs, genuine achievement. The RC is a super lightweight bike, weighing in at just 8.7kg. Scott have utilized extremely light MTB carbon frames to achieve a Scale RC of extraordinary lightness. These MTB carbon frames are the lightest the world has ever seen and weigh less than 899 grams. They feature IMP3 and HMX Net technology and come with replaceable hangers.
Compared to previous incarnations of the Scott Scale RC bike, the frame of the 2012 mountain bike model has been altered significantly. Components used on this 2012 version include Ritchey WCS and SRAM XX features. Power transfer has been transformed too, with the use of the PFBB30 component. The result is that the Scott Scale RC Mountain Bike 2012, like other models in Scott’s 2012 mountain bike range, improves on previous designs by being a lighter but just as effective when it comes to speed and overall performance.
Scott are innovators in the field of using carbon fibre products within mountain bike designs and the Scale RC is no exception in this sense. Known as the carbon experts for their prowess with this material, Scott have used carbon products to create the RC parts using techniques such as integrated moulding processes and tube to tube building.
But what will interest many mountain bike fans – and what interested me – is what the Scott Scale RC Mountain Bike 2012 offers as a race bike. After all, the Scott Scale RC comes in a tradition of racing bikes produced by the Scott company. The RC features a DT Swiss XRM fork, with 100mm travel, alongside a feather light SRAM XX group set, which help it out in the race department. One of the Scott brand’s range of Race Concept bikes, the Scott Scale RC is recognisable as part of this tradition thanks to the presence of the unique finish and trademark white Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres.
As a hardtail bike, the Scott Scale RC possesses a rigid frame designed to help with direct steering while racing. Its extreme low weight means that the Scale RC bike is designed to give a strong race performance but the RC is also equally good to ride on a trail.
A major feature of the 2012 Scott Scale RC bike that I found made racing an easier and more pleasurable experience was the innovative SDS this bike comes equipped with. SDS stands for shock damping system, a feature that’s designed to offer a more comfortable ride than other mountain bikes. The SDS works by reducing the interference the rider gets from bumps and other outside influences on the road or trail.
As mentioned before, the Scale RC sits on the famous Rocket Ron Evo tyres, which surround a pair of DT Swiss XR-RS race rims.
Front and rear derailleurs are the top-of-the-range, and superb, SRAM XX components, plus SRAM XX shifters, which operate the 20 gears. Brakes are the awesome Avid XX World Cup set, just to spoil you even more.
The SRAM XX components are found on just a rare, and very select, group of mountain bikes, which include;
- Bianchi Methanol SL2 Team Replica
- Cannondale Flash Carbon Ultimate
- Scott Spark SL
- Scott Spark RC
- Scott Scale SL
- Trek Fuel Ex 9.9