The Ransom has been a popular inclusion in our long-term fleet for the past couple of years, so when Scott announced it was releasing an eRIDE version of its big-travel enduro bike, we were keen to see whether the electric option would prove just as capable and fun as the ‘analogue’ bike.
Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 frame
Scott has given the Ransom eRIDE a similar silhouette to its other full-suspension bikes.
A latest-generation Bosch motor and 625Wh battery are integrated into the front triangle of the aluminium frame, to provide your own personal uplift service.
Out back, a four-bar linkage delivers a bump-swallowing 180mm of travel. To make room for the motor, the shock has been moved higher up the seat tube.
This is also the first full-sus bike where Scott has forgone its TwinLoc lockout system. A fork-stop headset is fitted to protect the frame in the event of a crash.
Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 geometry
The Ransom eRIDE comes with 29in wheels as standard but is 650b-compatible (with minor effects on the geometry).
The geometry is slightly more reserved than the travel, but still suitable for the kind of terrain you can seek out on this bike.
I tested the medium, which sports a 440mm reach, 64-degree head angle and 76.3-degree effective seat tube angle (low setting).
The chainstays are long, even for an ebike, at 465mm. Lengthy seat tubes (440mm on the medium) mean that shorter riders looking for a more stretched-out ride may struggle to size up.
|Seat angle (degrees)||76.5||76.3||76.1||75.9|
|Head angle (degrees)||64||64||64||64|
|Top tube (cm)||56.8||59.55||62.88||60.07|
|Head tube (cm)||12||12||12.5||12.5|
|Bottom bracket drop (cm)||2.2||2.2||2.2||2.2|
|Bottom bracket height (cm)||35.35||35.35||35.35||35.35|
Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 kit
On this, the pricier of the two Ransom eRIDE models, a well-thought-out spec prioritises quality kit in the right places while keeping the overall cost acceptable.
All that separates the Fox 38 Performance Elite fork from the top-tier Factory model is its lack of slippery Kashima coating, and it provides a good suspension balance when combined with the Float X2 Performance rear shock.
Fox also provides its Transfer dropper post, with size-specific travel (150mm on the medium bike I tested).
Scott uses a pick ’n’ mix selection of 12-speed SRAM Eagle parts to form the drivetrain, the highlights being an X01 mech and 10-52t GX cassette.
Shimano’s four-pot XT brakes with 203mm rotors are a good choice for an aggressive ebike.
Finishing kit comes from Syncros’s (Scott’s in-house component brand) mid-level range, including 30mm-wide (internal) rims.
The Ransom eRIDE 910 rolls on a Maxxis Assegai and Dissector tyre combo, both with the 2.6in EXO+ casing and 3C MaxxTerra compound.
Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 first ride impressions
It surprised me just how well-behaved the Ransom eRIDE, with its whopping 180mm of front and rear travel, was on trails that weren’t steep, rock-strewn, root-infested downhill tracks.
This 24kg machine hides its bulk well and feels lighter to ride than you might expect. The frame and shock offer enough support to give it some playfulness on mellower trails, while still allowing it to soak up mid- to large-sized hits well when I rattled it down some fast, rough tracks.
What’s more, I never blew through the travel too easily on jumps and drops or in G-outs. Simply put, the shock tune and frame design work well together to create an extremely capable bike that shines on more trails than you might expect.
The fork matches the feel of the rear suspension well, with the slight increase in the sprung-to-unsprung-mass ratio seeming to give it a touch more suppleness than a Fox 38 on a non-electric bike.
When climbing, the steep-ish seat tube and moderate reach put you in a pretty upright and comfortable position, and it’s easy to shuffle forwards to get more weight over the front wheel if needed.
Those long chainstays help here too, ensuring that I was able to conquer steep slopes easily. The Scott pedals well with little bob and, with the smooth, powerful assistance of the Bosch motor (up to 340 per cent), I never reached for the shock’s climb switch to firm up the suspension.
Not knowing how long the chainstays were before I rode the bike, their length never stood out as problematic on the descents, and I was able to negotiate some incredibly steep tech without issue.
The XT four-pots are plenty strong enough, too, although, as on most ebikes with this sort of weight and capability, braking takes more planning because you can generate some serious speed.
That leaves the dry-conditions Dissector rear tyre as the only spec hiccup. It’s good on hardpack trails but the shallow tread blocks mean braking and climbing traction aren’t great, especially on soft soil.
I’d swap it out immediately because it’s the biggest thing that holds this bike back on UK trails. Otherwise, Scott has entered the long-travel ebike market with a bang.
Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 early verdict
Scott manages to make a lot of bike feel very usable, while not hindering its capability when things get faster and rougher.
|Price||AUD $15000.00GBP £6899.00|
|Available sizes||S, M, L, XL|
|Rear derailleur||SRAM Eagle X01|
|Tyres||Maxxis Assegai 29x2.6in(f) and Dissector (r) 3C Maxx Terra EXO+ 29x2.6in|
|Stem||Syncros XM1.5, 50mm|
|Shifter||SRAM Eagle NX|
|Seatpost||Fox Transfer, 150mm|
|Saddle||Syncros Tofino 1.5 Regular Ti|
|Rear Shocks||Fox Float X2 Performance|
|Motor||Bosch Performance CX EU: 25kmh / US: 20mph|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore XT M8020, 203mm rotors|
|Handlebar||Syncros Hixon 1.5, 800mm|
|Frame||Aluminium alloy, 180mm (7.1in) travel|
|Fork||Fox 38 Float Performance Elite GRIP2, 180mm (7.1in) travel|
|Cranks||SRAM Eagle X1 1000|
|Chain||SRAM Eagle NX|
|Cassette||SRAM Eagle GX|
|Wheels||Syncros X-30S rims on Formula hubs|