On-One Scandal 29er Hardtail

4.82/5 (11 Reviews)
Weight : 3.2 lbs

Product Description

  • Frame Construction: TIG-welded
  • Brake Mount: Disc
  • Rear Axle Spacing: 135mm
  • Dropout Type: Vertical
  • Wheel Size: 29"

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Forrest Gimp a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2014

Strengths:    Price is a steal! Frame is amazingly light. Welds & anno raw aluminum are beautiful. Tapered headtube & dropper seatpost compatible. 16" frame with a 100mm fork puts you at a 69 degree headset angle.

Weaknesses:    Long chain stays makes for difficult wheelies & manuals

Bottom Line:   
This bike has beautiful simple clean lines. Very light frame...3lbs & two dimes. This is a very flickable ride & has served me well on every day single track to even holding amazing lines on gravity runs! Many always complain of 29ers being sluggish on turns. I run a 70mm stem & 685.8mm bars & it obeys on command with sharp snaps which solves any sluggish issues. Longer chain stays makes for tougher sustained wheelies or manuals but climbs like a jeep. As with aluminum framed hardtails you can expect to get bounced around on baby head downhills. Overall this bike has great response along with a great look & unbeatable price point.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to mention

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $286.00

Purchased At:   Planet x

Similar Products Used:   Redline Monocog 29er

Bike Setup:   On One Scandal V2, Easton Haven stem, Easton EA 70 Monkey Bars, Rock shox SID Rct3, Avid elixer 3 brakes, Mavic Crossride wheelset, Thomson elite post, Zee cranks, Raceface narrow wide chain ring, Sram 990 cassette, Sram 991 hollow pin chain, Ritchey wcs ti saddle, Sram X7 shifter & derailleur , Xt spd pedals, N gear jump stop, Kenda nevegals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by badgercyclist a Cross Country Rider from Rogers, AR

Date Reviewed: February 29, 2012

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Slaughter Pen Hollow

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   unreal cycles

Similar Products Used:   I test rode a friends fisher high fi.

Bike Setup:   Reba RLC
FSA single speed carbon crank
Mavic C29ssMax UST
Geax Seguaro UST
Avid Elixir cr
Speedplay Frog

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by envylouis a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

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 ,

Bottom Line:   
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 ..

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   My first 29er frame

Bike Setup:   Aerozine , KCNC , Crankbrothers , Canecreek , Shimano XT /SLX , Kenda Karma 1.9 , Fizik Gobi , E.S.I ,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Appendage 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
*Looks cool
*Lots of bang for the buck

Weaknesses:    No issues encountered so far.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Rim Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   On One website

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Mt. Tam 29er

Bike Setup:   This and that, yadda yadda yadda

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by redwarrior 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   jacob's ladder

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Unreal

Similar Products Used:   Redline Monocog 29er

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

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by _daemon_ a Racer 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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Groenkloof

Duration Product Used:   3 months

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bso95 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Spiro to Mid Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   On One Website

Similar Products Used:   Steel On One Inbred, Storck singlespeed, Cannondale singlespeed

Bike Setup:   Singlespeed with Stan's wheels, Avid discs and Minute 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D1PHAM 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $265.00

Purchased At:   http://on-one-shop.c

Similar Products Used:   -Niner EMD

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gt6jim 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!

Bottom Line:   
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.
Buy one!

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Favorite Trail:   Afan or Clent

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   on-one.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper 29er

Bike Setup:   SLX, Juicy 3, 09 Reba SL, Halo Freedom Disc wheels, Easton EA50 controls

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hecticj a Weekend Warrior from Eastbourne UK

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2008

Strengths:    Extremely light, looks awesome, rides awesome!

Weaknesses:    None as of yet!

Bottom Line:   
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!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Wall Afan Valley

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   On-One

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Full SLX groupset, On-One carbon forks, fleegle bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JDoc1 a Racer from Loveland, CO USA

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

Strengths:    Very Light, great climber, more nimble than expected

Weaknesses:    Getting used to center of gravity change

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2250.00

Purchased At:   Redstone Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   On One Inbred

Bike Setup:   XT package, Juicy 5, Stylo cranks, Race Face bar and stem

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