Scott Scale 29 Comp review

Great overall 29er package

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £849.00 RRP | USD $899.99
Scott Scale 29 Comp
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Scott have done an excellent job of condensing the performance and feel of their top-end race 29ers into the more budget-friendly Scale 29 Comp. The aggressive position is suitable for competition or just heading out for a day on the trails, the handling offers the best mix of stability and agility in this group, and the frame rides well and yet is reassuringly stiff where it needs to be.

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Scott have somehow also managed to trim more weight off of the Scale 29 Comp than any other bike in this test despite the big wheels and being the third cheapest in the lot. Toss in the excellent 2.25in-wide Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires, bump-eating wheel size, capable Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm front rotor, and the excellent geometry, and the Scott easily wins the price-to-fun competition.

In fact, the only major letdown is the Suntour fork, with its overly linear spring rate (ie. the suspension feels the same throughout its travel, rather than stiffening up under bigger hits like on a ‘progressive’ fork) and easily overwhelmed damping (the control system which affects how quickly the fork compresses when it hits a bump and then returns – rebounds – to full travel).

We frequently bottomed it out (used up all the suspension travel) on fast downhills and lost confidence through rocky corners relative to better controlled forks like the RockShox Dart or Tora. We also knocked the rear wheel out of true – though that could have been caused by a less-than-stellar landing on a small hip jump.

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  • Standout features: Lightweight; best frame overall in terms of geometry, ride feel and performance; joint best tires on test (Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29×2.25, a tie with WTB Prowler 29); Tektro Draco brakes with 180mm front rotor
  • Pros: Great overall 29er package; excellent value; only a fork away from a being a great beginner race bike
  • Cons: Fork isn’t as good as the rest of the bike; rear spoke tension seems low
  • Weight: 12.84kg/28.32lb. Wheelset: 4.83kg/10.66lb

Product Specifications

Product

Name Scale 29 Comp (11)
Brand Scott

Brakes Tektro Draco Disc180/F and 160/R mm Rotor
Rear Shock Nil
Spoke Type Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm
Brake Levers Tektro Draco Disc
Weight (lb) 28.32
Weight (kg) 12.84
Stem Scott Comp4 Bolt / OS 31.8mm1-1/8" / 6° angle
Shifters Shimano Alivio SL-M430Rapidfire plus / 27 speedw/gear indicator
Seatpost Scott Comp zero offset / 31.6mm
Saddle Scott Racing
Rims Alex XC-49 Disc 32H / Eyelets / Black
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron
Rear Hub SRAM MTH 306 Disc IT
Cassette Shimano CS HG-50 -911-32 T
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX RD-M660 SGSShadow Type / 27 Speed
Pedals Wellgo C128
Headset Type Ritchey OE 1 1/8"semi integrated 44/50mm
Handlebar Scott Pilot 15 Team 15mm rise / OS / 640mm
Front Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron
Front Hub Scott Team Disc IT
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio FC-M430 / 34.9mm
Frame Material Scale 29 Alloy 6061custom butted superlight tubingD-Forged CNC machined DropoutsDelta SST bridge / Integ. HATreplacable hanger
Fork Suntour XCR 29 LO / Alloy SteererCoil Spring / Lockout100 mm travel
Cranks Shimano FC-M430-8 Octalink44x32x22 T
Chain Shimano CN-HG53
Tyres Schwalbe Rocket Ron 29x2.25