Scott Voltage FR 710 review

Fun-loving mini-downhill rig with mouthwatering potential

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £3,199.00 RRP | AUD $5,500.00 | USD $4,250.00

Our review

We’re big fans of the aggressive geometry and predictable suspension, though a lighter build would increase versatility
Buy if, You're more about the downs than the ups and want a playful little brute of a bike that'll suck up anything you can throw at it
Pros: Reams of tweakability, including quickfire suspension travel changes, ugly terrain lights it on fire
Cons: Hefty build means climbing is a bit of a chore – though it will winch its way up most things if you've got the brawn
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Scott’s Voltage FR straddles that somewhat awkward middle ground between full-on downhill rig and long-travel trail bike. But where does it differ exactly and what type of rider does it suit?

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Tweakable setup

Just like its longer-travel brother, the Gambler DH bike, the Voltage FR is highly adjustable – Scott wanted to make it as versatile as possible. This burly little beast will accept a single or dual-crown fork, and angled headset cups (provided) can be used to adjust the head angle between 62 and 66 degrees.

Related: Scott Gambler 730 review

Rear travel can be extended from 170 to 190mm in a matter of minutes via a flippable shock mount, and chainstay length can be switched from the standard 425mm to a stumpy 410mm (though this shorter setting can only be used with 26in wheels, not the 650b hoops the complete bike comes with). To help keep things stiff at the rear, the Voltage FR uses a chunky one-piece link to drive the shock.

Scott’s ids-x dropout system lets you adjust the length of the chainstays:

Scott’s IDS-X dropout system lets you adjust the length of the chainstays

The 710’s build definitely leans towards a bit of rough and tumble, and it’ll survive a battering – though that does mean it’s not exactly light. Fox suspension units at both ends do a great job of taming just about any trail you attempt to tackle, while XT brakes offer dependable, controllable power with every lever squeeze. The Super Gravity casing, VertStar compound Schwalbe Magic Marys are surefooted on every surface we’ve tried them on too.

Ready for some hammer time

It’s clear from the outset that the Voltage FR is here to be hammered. Though we’re in the realms of full-on downhill bike weight, it pedals relatively well and will – if you have the strength and patience – winch its way up fireroad climbs if you miss the uplift. But it’s when you start working with, rather than against, gravity that the Scott comes into its own.

It may not be the monster of a bike that the Gambler is, but at no point did we feel like we were out of our depth aboard the 710. Thump it into rocks, drops or root-riddled holes and you’ll come out the other side laughing.

With up to 190mm out back, the voltage fr is approaching full-on dh bike levels of travel:
Dave Caudery

With up to 190mm out back, the Voltage FR is approaching full-on DH bike levels of travel

The Fox 36 up front sucks up the hits with control and composure, while the progressive and predictable rear end tracks the terrain impressively and boosts confidence as the trail gets uglier. Though the Magic Marys are pretty hefty we had no issues with punctures and they simply claw their treads into just about everything they touch.

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The Voltage’s more flickable, bike-park-friendly nature compared with the Gambler and its reasonably low BB height (340mm in the shorter travel setting) make it a lot of fun on mellower trails too. Hit the jumps and things remain stable and easy to anticipate, and, should you misjudge things a little, the Voltage won’t shy away from blatting into a flat landing. In short then, this is a great mini-downhill bike – and a slightly lighter build would unleash even more of its mouthwatering potential.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Voltage FR 710
Brand Scott

Brakes Shimano Deore XT
Rear Shock Fox DHX RC4
Weight (kg) 16.45
Stem Syncros XM1.5, 50mm
Shifters SRAM X7
Seatpost Syncros FR2.0
Saddle Syncros XM2.0
Rims Syncros MD25
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity EVO VertStar 27.5x2.35in
Rear Hub Formula
Cranks Truvativ Descendant
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9
Handlebar Syncros FR1.5, 780mm
Front Tyre Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity EVO VertStar 27.5x2.35in
Front Hub Formula
Front Derailleur e*thirteen LG1
Frame Material 6061 aluminium
Fork Fox 36 Float FIT RC2
Frame size tested S