Scott Scale Elite 29er review

Agile, lightweight big-wheeler

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £1,399.00 RRP | USD $1,599.00

Our review

Correct fit is crucial but the Elite 29er is light, agile and a lot of fun for the money
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Scott’s sub-949g carbon framed RC 29er might be the headline grabber, but the lively Elite proves they’ve invested just as much time in their alloy framed big-wheelers too.

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Accurate sizing is crucial, but Scott have done a great job of producing a naturally lively ride on a big-wheeled platform without sacrificing the natural smoothness advantage in the rough.

Ride & handling: Agile and involving feel

Frame dimensions aren’t unusually compact for a medium, but the short stem and inline seatpost make the Scott feel small even with the saddle back on its rails. Having tried the large, that’s the option for more race-minded riders or those closer to 6ft.

Get the size right and this is a really enjoyable ride that never backed down on the basis of budget. The short stem and narrow bar, give it a very quick steering character.

There’s flex at the fork tips too, but the frame has enough muscle to keep it fun and it weaves through trees with both quick wits and hands. The compact rider position makes it easy to get the best from the occasionally sketchy Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres.

Low weight and the stiff rear end mean it comes out of the far side of slow sections or tackles climbs with real enthusiasm. Despite a saddle that most found uncomfortable, it’s not too harsh overall either.

Frame: Light and usefully upgradable

While it’s not a full tapered setup the 44mm inset head tube can be made compatible with the right headset and there’s plenty of overlap in the smooth welded, oversized frame tubes. Steep top tube sloping increases standover clearance despite the big wheels.

There’s a slight curve in the forward offset seat tube to shorten the chainstays as much as possible too while still leaving room for a 2.25in tyre. Big chainstays control power while hollow backed dropouts shave weight out of the light frame.

A seat quick-release makes for easy adjustment while under the top tube, inside stay cable routing is direct but discreet. There’s limited tyre space and it’s an IS (International Standard) brake mount not a post mount out back.

Equipment: Fork isn’t the tightest or lightest

This is the first time we’ve seen Avid’s new Elixir 3 brakes, but there’s no trace of budget in the performance. A 30-speed Shimano mix supplies the full range gearing and rear hub, while DT rims are colour-matched to the bike. Hard Performance compound Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres roll fast for a knobbly, but slip in the wet and mud room is tight too.

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The RockShox Recon Gold fork – the Gold label means it has a lighter weight alloy rather than steel slider and steerer – acquitted itself well in damping terms, but it’s quick-release rather than screw-through at the tips. The Scott bar is also narrow for a riser, leaving the short stem to maintain steering speed. An inline double bolt post pushes the firm Scott race saddle forward too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Scale 29 Elite (11)
Brand Scott

Brakes Avid Elixir 3 185/F and 160/R mm Rotor
Saddle Scott Racing
Wheelbase (in) 43.2
Top Tube (in) 23.6
Standover Height (in) 30.9
Seat Tube (in) 17.3
Chainstays (in) 17.3
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.3
Spoke Type DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 3
Weight (lb) 25.28
Weight (kg) 11.4
Stem Scott Comp 4 Bolt / OS 31.8mm 1-1/8" / 6° angle
Shifters Shimano SLX SL-M660-10 Rapidfire plus / 2 way release w/gear indicator
Seatpost Scott Comp zero offset / 31.6mm
Seat Angle 72.5
Rims DT Swiss 485d 32H / Black
Cassette Shimano SLX CS-HG81-10 11-36 T
Front Tyre Performance Serie
Chain Shimano CN-HG74
Cranks Shimano FC-M552 2-piece Design 42Ax32Ax24T
Fork Rock Shox Recon Gold TK 29 Solo Air alloy steerer / remote Lockout reb. Adj. / 100 mm travel
Frame Material Scale 29 Alloy 6061 custom butted superlight tubing D-Forged CNC machined Dropouts Delta SST bridge / Integ. HAT replacable hanger
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX FC-M660-10 / 34.9mm
Front Hub Scott Comp Disc IT
Handlebar Scott Pilot 15 Comp 15mm rise / OS / 640mm
Rear Tyre Performance Serie
Head Angle 69.5
Headset Type Ritchey OE 1 1/8" semi integrated 44/50mm
Pedals Wellgo C128
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT RD-M773 SGS Shadow Type / 30 Speed
Rear Hub Shimano FH-M529 Disc
Rear Shock Nil
Tyres Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, 29x2.25in