First Ride: Scott Voltage FR10 review

Versatile gravity machine

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£2,899.00 RRP

Our review

Fun and versatility is the name of the game. What more could you want?
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Scott’s new Swiss Army Knife, or the Voltage FR as it’s actually known, is a lightning bolt in the thunderstorm of the freeride world. This new freeride/slopestyle/bike park/all-round fun machine sets the standard for super-versatile bikes.

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Ride & handling: Massively versatile gravity machine, and it looks ace to boot

We shredded the FR10 in 160mm (6.3in) mode on the dusty rock-ridden terrain of Boulder Canyon, Nevada and got a great feel for how it drifted through loose corners, tackled treacherous rock gardens and how much fun it is for ripping down flowing downhill tracks.

The first thing that hit us was how quickly it changed direction and how well it punched tight corners on the trail. The bike was able to pump speed out of every little compression and elevation on the track thanks to the super-short chainstay setup we ran.

The rear suspension ramps up perfectly, allowing you to unweight the bike or get airborne whenever you feel the need. The platform also means the Scott pedals well.

Jumping the Voltage FR is a treat – the bike is weighted just right for airtime. Whether it’s whipping a lip or hucking a drop, the Voltage gives you confidence to push yourself.

The Voltage impressed us with its ability to win every aspect of the ride – from tight, twisty, drifting berms to aggressive rock gardens and flowing jumps. Whether you’re a slopestyle star or a serious downhill racer, the Voltage will fulfil your needs and surprise you along the way.

The Voltage FR10 looks ace with a full complement of white detailing
The voltage fr10 looks ace with a full complement of white detailing: the voltage fr10 looks ace with a full complement of white detailing
Russell Burton

Frame: Hugely adjustable rear suspension and a super-strong front end

The frame can be adjusted from 140mm (5.5in) travel for a slopestyle slayer up to 180mm (7in) for a downhill dominator. It comes with the longest compatible shock, giving 160-180mm (6.3-7in) of adjustment.

Two other, shorter stroke, shock options can be fitted using the aftermarket shock mount kits, giving a host of travel and geometry combinations. So you can get down to a 100mm (3.9in) travel fork with 140mm (5.5in) out back and still have the ideal geometry for dirt jumps. It does mean buying extra shocks though.

The hydroformed tubing is secured at the head tube with the Full Nelson weld technique – a straight weld with a tongue-and-groove junction – creating a super-strong joint.

Further underlining this bike’s versatility is the interchangeable dropout system which can be used to increase or decrease the chainstay length by 10mm from the stock 425mm setting, and every axle configuration is available too.

Equipment: Excellent Fox shock and Avid brakes, plus plenty of other quality kit

We were lucky enough to ride the Voltage FR10, the highest model in the range. In terms of suspension, Fox cover both front and back with a 36 Van R Coil fork and the new DHX RC4 shock.

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Avid’s Elixir R brakes in custom white give you supreme control, while the white Truvativ Holzfeller cranks and Husselfelt stem, e.thirteen LG-1+ chainguide and DT Swiss FR600 rims complete the great colour-matched looks.

160-180mm travel comes via the new Fox DHX RC4 shock
160-180mm travel comes via the new fox dhx rc4 shock: 160-180mm travel comes via the new fox dhx rc4 shock
Russell Burton

Product Specifications

Product

Name Voltage FR10 (10)
Brand Scott

Description Sizes: short & long
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 9 Speed Medium cage
Brake Levers Avid Elixir R Disc
Weight (lb) 36.9
Weight (kg) 16.7
Stem Truvative Hussefelt OS
Shifters SRAM X9
Seatpost Scott DJ zero offset / 31.6mm
Rims DT Swiss FR600 32Hole / DH disc rim white
Rear Shock Fox DHX RC4 coil, w/adjustable pro pedal Rebound adjustable, Bottom out resistance adjustable, Boost valve, adjustable tuning range by air
Rear Hub Sun Jumping Flea 12mm thru axle / 135mm wide
Pedals Wellgo B087 SCT Flatpedal
Available Colours Silver
Handlebar Scott Pilot FR 1 Pro
Front Hub Scott Pro 20mm thru axle
Frame Material New Voltage FR Alloy 6061 hydroformed tubing, Slopestyle & Park geometry, ISCG & ISCG05 tabs, Headtube for 1.5" IDS interchangeable Dropout with 12mm thru axle 160-180mm travel
Fork Fox 36 Van R coil 160mm travel coil spring, open bath, preload adjustable 20mm thru axle, alloy steerer
Cranks Truvativ Holzfeller DH 1.1 170mm
Chain SRAM PC-971
Cassette SRAM PG-970 DH 11-26 Teeth DH cassette
Brakes Avid Elixir R Disc 203mm F + 185mm R rotor
Bottom Bracket Truvativ HowitzerXR 73mm shell
Spoke Type DT Swiss Champion black 2.0mm