Strengths: Light: 3.5 lbs!
Great ride: the frame gives terrific feedback and is easy to flick through tight singletrack.
Versatility: this frame can be set up as a single speed or a geared ride.
The best value I've found in mountain biking, period. The $350 is the price I paid for the frame. I built up the whole ride for about $1725 with the build spec listed below. (The C29ssMax USTs were spendy, but worth it.)
Weaknesses: I'm not a big fan of the dark green color.
No snob factor because it's not overpriced.
The Scandal 29 is light, fast, and comfortable at any speed. I'm so happy with it my Hammerhead Racer X has been hanging on the wall for about a year now. I have more fun on this bike at less than half the price of my Racer X. I love the 1X9 setup. The UST tubless setup helps smooth the ride with tons of traction. I ride all the steep, rocky single track in my area of the Arkansas Ozarks and I've competed in a 40 mile cross country race on the rolling hills of northern Wisconsin on it. I'd ride this bike anywhere. It does it all.
I recommend the Scandal for anyone who wants a great frame at a great price. If you are looking for the snob appeal of a high priced frame, stay away.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2012
Strengths: Light , very compliant , geometry spot on for most XC to aggressive trail ride . Love the Laser itched logos and decals .
Weaknesses: The black anodizing paint chipped off easily ,
First time on 29er so nothing to compare , but i must say i feel comfortable switching from my 26er to 29er on this frame /setup . Easill adapt to it . Love the geometry , the handling is superb , quick and nimble . Good for climbing .I'm 168cm height , using size 16 , fit me just well . Been using it for everyday ride to work , weekend trail riding and occassionly joining endurance race Would love to get the 2012 version the next upgrade ..
a Cross Country Rider
from Petaluma, California
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2009
Strengths: *Light. 3.5 lbs - yes, I weighed it
*Climbs, descends, corners well. Feels compact and nimble.
*Good quality design, welds and general execution
*Lots of bang for the buck
Weaknesses: No issues encountered so far.
I was looking for a light, inexpensive 29er frame to build up to replace my Fisher Mt Tam 29er for the 09 race season. I've done maybe 12 races on the Scandal. The verdict is in: I love this bike. I'm 5'11" with long arms and the 18" fits perfectly. The geometry is nearly identical to a Niner hardtail. Compared to the Fisher, the Scandal feels more compact and manueverable. The Fish was a 19", so that's got a lot to do with it. Goes to show you how important fit is. I had no compatibility issues with the hodgepodge of parts I threw on it- everything lines up, no clearance issues, etc. If you're looking for an inexpensive, light, sweet-handling 29er frame, definitely check out the Scandal.
a Cross Country Rider
from western, ma, usa
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009
Strengths: fast, light, very affordable
Weaknesses: I have a tendency to hit my right calf on the seat stay
Very light bike with a solid parts build. Super fast and very precise cornering with the SL fork. Instant acceleration. Definitely not compliant like a thinner tubed steel bike but with low tire pressures, not very harsh when riding tech rock trails. Highly recommended.
Bike Setup: 16" Scandal frame, On One Carbon SL Fork, S3 Headset, BB7's, Surly New Disc hubs laced with Supercomps to Velocity Blunt rims, Conti MK 2.4 tires
from Pretoria South Africa
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2009
Strengths: Handling, climbing,
Weaknesses: Nothing really if I have to be anal, a bottle fits just just on the downtube underneath the top tube.
I love this bike, it's the fastest bike I have ever owned, and it's soooo confidence inspiring, I am faster through twisty technical singletrack and technical downhills,on the Scandal than my Trance with 4" travel in the back. HIGHLY recommend this bike!
Similar Products Used: Giant Trance 1, Giant NRS 3
Bike Setup: On One wheels, full SRAM X9 drivetrain, RST ML29 fork, kcnc scandium seatpost and flat bar, Ergon GP1 grips, Thomson X2 stem, Fizik Aliante saddle, converted XT 2x9 crankset with XTR BB, eggbeater SL pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake, Utah, US
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2009
Strengths: Price, weight, color (pink), slot dropouts
Weaknesses: thin powder coat paint job, you can see the metal color underneath, but it has not chipped yet
My bike ways one-half pound more than a Fisher superfly carbon singlespeed that my friend rides. Mine was at least a grand cheaper. Beautiful handling, long top tube, forgiving but still stiff. 21 pounds with a suspension fork and 700 gram tires. I love this bike, in fact I may buy a second one to have a geared 29er to race.
Similar Products Used: Steel On One Inbred, Storck singlespeed, Cannondale singlespeed
Bike Setup: Singlespeed with Stan's wheels, Avid discs and Minute 29er
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Clara, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Strengths: -Light (1524 grams).
-Excellent quality welds.
-Excellent black anodized finish.
-Great XC geometry.
-Sliding dropouts for gear or SS use.
-Rear brakes mount inside rear triangle this prevents the wheel from sliding back under hard braking.
Weaknesses: -Headtube had to be re-faced upon arrival.
-Sort of long (444mm/17.48 inches) chainstays.
Great 29er XC race frameset. With decent components you can easily build up a sub 20 pound SS bike. The slot rear dropout and innovative rear caliper mounting position is ingenious and works great! The geometry is spot on and great for climbing and descending. The frame is highly compliant for a aluminum frame, much more compliant than the Niner EMD. All in all, it would be difficult to find a more cost effective, lighter and more compliant frameset. Best bang for the buck 29er frameset.
Bike Setup: -16" Scandal 29er
-WhiteBrother Rocksolid Fork
-ZTR Arch Wheels /w DMR Bolt on Rear Hub and Paul Front Hub
-SLX SS Converted Crankset
-21 pounds /w tubes and 20 pounds tubeless.
a Weekend Warrior
from Worcestershire, UK
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2009
Strengths: Light, Great value, Nice geometery, good looking, and fast up or down hill
Weaknesses: Anodising 'chips' fairly easily, but that is minor. Head tube was not perfectly faced. But I am nit picking!
So light, 1.59kg (frame), comparable to bikes many times its price.
Geometry is miles better than my Specialized, climbs so much better too.
Cable routing is inspired, and full length outers keeps the mud well away (we get a bit of that in blighty)
HUGE clearance for rear tyres should you want.
Rear brake is mounted between the rear stays, looks really cool in there, not a bit fiddly either. It serves a purpose in there too, not just for show.
Don't let the slot dropouts put you off running geared either, rear wheel is not much harder to remove, just different. The QR still clamps it adequetly too.
Absolutely brilliant bike, climbs like a mountain goat, decends well and feels nothing like any other bike I've owned! This is my first 29er and I love it! Great value and its amazing what it rolls over for a rigid. I've come from my 26er full sus (which now feels heavy and cumbersome!) Would recommend this bike to everyone, doesn't feel like a normal aluminum bike really compliant and comfortable. If you're looking for a light affordable race bike this is the one for you! If you're a bike tart it looks sick too!!!!
Strengths: Very Light, great climber, more nimble than expected
Weaknesses: Getting used to center of gravity change
This bike performs better than expected, is comfortable on long rides (over 50 miles), climbs very well, smooths out the bumps on the downhill, rolls over baby heads with ease, much more responsive than I expected. My last bike was a 16.5 inch Litespeed hardtail 26er, very small and compact so there is a learning curve with this bike, but it is a welcomed change. Could not be happier!
Been a long time coming but finally finished my Scandal 29er build. Alfine 8 doing the gear duties laced to Stan Flow rims. Most other kit from On One. First ever bike build so pretty chuffed at result. Took it for its inaugural spin this afternoon and it didn't miss a beat.
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Complete with a few pics... What a fun bike to ride.. Very nimble and quick (almost like riding a 26er)
One One Scandal 29
Stans Crest Wheels/Hubs
31T Homebrew Cog / 22T Surly rear
Fox Float RL 29
One One stem/post
Elixir CR brakes
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I have a 16" Scandal 29er Swapout frame currently with the geared dropout and am running the Hope Tech X2 Evo brakes with the Hope Sawtooth Floating rotors. However, I am having a difficult time lining it up with the rotor. I have the rear caliper pushed at the most outward position as it will all ... Read More »