Strengths: 29'er climbs, descends, and rolls better than 26'er on flats and XC - at least for this large rider. On the road, the vibration damping of a carbon fiber frame vs. aluminum is unbeatable.
Weaknesses: Carbon fiber frame - if you ride technical XC, or so hard that you put the bike down regularly, you are just asking for it with a carbon fiber frame. Hit your rear DR or crankarm on a rock, put the bike down hard, etc., you stand a good chance of wiping out the frame to the tune of about $800. Every time a rock pops up while descending and hits the downtube I flinch and pray.
Carbon fiber frame is great, components are a little cheap for a $2800 plus pricepoint (I paid much less fortunately). Fork is very nice, although not stiff enough - some flex and squirm at speed or under hard breaking. Also not true lockout - only limits travel. I hate the handlebar and stem on this bike - personal preference. While the components are not high-end by any means, everything works well on the bike.
This bike is great for me because I am 40, ride primarily on the street (I ride XC bikes with 1.5's - hate road bikes), and I do not crash when putting in training miles. If I were still in my twenties, riding technical singletrack, urban assault, bashing rocks and crashing regularly, etc. I would be an idiot to buy a carbon fiber frame.
I've had my bike for six months now and just discovered an issue the other day when trying to change to a new stem - installation of any other stem, or even an attempt to flip the stock scott stem from negative 6 degrees to positive 6 degress, leaves play in the headset. No matter what I do, I cannot get any other stem to properly seat with the fork and headset. We will see what kind of warranty service I get on this issue.
Strengths: Great set of components for the price. Upgrades a must though. I'm upgrading to XX and some Stans Gold wheels, which should shave 4lbs off and turn this into a rocket. Bike climbs like nothing I've been on before. I use this to race and so far have done well.
Frame weighs a rediculous 2.1 lbs or something like that. So light!
Weaknesses: Frame sizes are a little off for my body size. I need a Small 1/2. But no big deal, the small works great for me, but only has room for one water bottle cage. Be nice to have 2 for those 25+ mile races. Rocket Ron tires have thin side walls. It makes them light, but not exactly durable. I punctured mine within the first mile of riding. I changed to Racing Ralphs,also a thin tire, but so far no promblems.
Warranty - Scott needs to get with the industry and offer a life time, or at least 5-10 year warranty on their frame. Currently it is only 3 years.
You can't beat the price. Its listed on this site as $2799, but I think it is retailling for $3400 now. Still not a bad deal for a carbon frame and XO/X9 set up.
Wheels are the equivalent of the DT Swiss 470 rims and 350 hubs. A little heavy, but an upgrade to some ZTR's and a better cassette will shave some rolling weight off.
I highly recommend this ride to anyone who is looking for a mid-level racing bike that is ready to perform right off the show room floor.
I went from a titanium 26" Litespeed to this, and am sold on both the 29er and Carbon frame.
Strengths: Climbing (like a goat), stiff, handling, drivetrain and weight
Weaknesses: Building quality and fork
Great bike for money spent. Love the climbing and handling. First, I wasn't convinced about the greatness of 29inch wheels but after a race a couple of weeks ago in really muddy conditions I'm convinced. The larger wheels were simply fantastic!
The Pro 29er handles well, feels stiff and ready for some serious racing. The 2x10 fits this bike perfect.
I've vad some issues with my frame. The rear triangle seems to be oblique with the result that my rearwheel has been scraping into the carbon... But my LBS has helped me alot so hopefully everything will be sorted out.
My previous bikes have all had different Fox forks which I personally like more than RockShox. Mostly because the Fox feel more stiff and locked when using the lock-function.
Overall rating would have been a 4 (or maybe even 5) if it wasn't for my frame. Until that is fixed, the Pro 29er only gets an overall rating of 3 from me.
Strengths: Great climbing, the control and handling it has makes it seem like its a 26
I would highly recommend this bike, the value is great, its fast and agile, its really all you need for a bike of this caliber.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2012
Strengths: light (23.5 lbs), stiff
Review for the 2012 Scale Expert:
Great bike for the price. My first 29er, so I really did my research and demo (Stumpjumper HT Expert-too stiff, Highball-great bike, pricey). Scale climbs like a champ and learned how to pick my lines sooner (still learning!). I came from FS 26" and had to get used to absorbing the bumps w/ my legs, but that was expected. I appreciate the Reba lockout lever and only wish it came 2x10. Went tubeless and swapped out the rear tire for a narrower 2.0, reduced my air pressure for additional traction and "shock absorption". Looking for a lighter wheelset (I need all the help I can get).
I would highly recommend the bike!
Strengths: Bike is super lite, fits well, is a beast on the climbs..
Over all this bike is Great & Great for the price!
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2012
Strengths: 2012 Scale expert 29er:
- Light out of the box (24lb with pedals)
- Responsive steering for a 29er, nice slack head tube
- likes to go fast!
Weaknesses: - Stock tires (swabble rocket rons). I just don't like them, swapped them out for some maxis tires
- Frame a bit flexy..
2012 Scale expert 29er What a fast bike! I swapped out the XT drivetrain for a SRAM 2x10. This thing likes to go! Almost 2 fast for me sometimes. The slack head tube allows for nice steep descending.
With 29ers, you need to choose different lines for technical sections. Not as easy to pick your way down a rocky sections compared to a 26 bike, but that is to be expected. This is why it's my race bike, I have a FS 26er for my all around riding
The bike does have some flex. I had it for a month and crashed. The Crank arm hit the rear chain stay and cracked the carbon. I don't know how the aluminum would have held up. But Scott was good with the crash replacement. Great company that stands by their bikes.
Bike Setup: 2012 scale 29 pro with tubeless python tires, changed the crank's spider to run 42/28t, connex chain, ec90 flat bars, eggbeaters, i customized my motion control, had xt rotors but switched back with 160's f/r thou, added the optional chain catcher, salsa ti skewers, and cork bartape for a chain gaurd
a Cross Country Rider
from P.Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012
Strengths: My review is actually on the Scott Scale Expert 29er.First time I purchased a complete bike.I wanted to try a 29er. Bought it because of its competitive price,real value for money & the color.
Weaknesses: None so far
I have a few bikes but since I purchased this bike I have been riding it more than my other bikes.I am surprised at the performance of this 29er.Indeed it has an advantage over the traditional 26 inch.I rode it at the same trials that I usually ride & was suprised at its character & performance.The feeling is quite similar to a short travel full-sus like my Blur XC carbon.climbing is excellent better than a 26 inch.So is descending is brilliant eventhough it is a hardtail & only 100mm travel on the RS Reba forks.
I am not prejudice against traditional 26inch but this great technological change is definately welcome & here to stay. I would be hanging my other bikes for a while !
Similar Products Used: Santacruz Nomad,Blur XC Carbon,Titus FTM Carbon,Corretec Superbow ti & One-one 456 ti.All 26 in.bikes
Bike Setup: Stock Standard except upgraded the hubs to Ckings.Rims & spokes, stock standard.
a Weekend Warrior
from Evergreen, CO, usa
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2011
Strengths: Great looking, well made, fast, very light can stand up and hammer. Best for fast smooth bike trails or fire roads
Weaknesses: This bike is for fast smooth trials only. Its not an all This bike will beat the &$%! out of you on any rough downhills. On climbs I kept losing traction. The Sram components felt clunky and imprecise
I was hoping this bike would have more all mtn or XC capabilities but it didn't for me.
After 6 months had to get rid of and get and went back to a FS Carbon 26" and much happier and having more fun.
Racers may like its stiff ride but other wanting more should look at an FS 26 or 29r
Bike Setup: Stock Scale 29 with carbon bars and x9 group
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2011
Strengths: Mine is actually a 2012 elite version. 22lbs 12 oz for a large out of the box without pedals, stiff where it needs to be, super stable going up or down and turns quicker than any 29r I have ever ridden of which there have been several, the new SID is way better than the Reba and every bit as plush as the fox fork on the Camber I tested, the DT skewers that come on this bike are interesting and perhaps help the front end out since it does not have a thru axle fork
Weaknesses: none so far but perhaps the massive seat post, if I were prince of the planet the bike would be better off with a 27.2
the company line is the flex is in the seat stays and to be honest I can't tell
I have never had a bike that felt perfect on the first ride until I took this one out. There is just nothing like a super light well made carbon 29r and this one seems to fit the bill. Time will tell on the frame and I have broke my fair share of carbon bikes over the years but I am a sucker for a 2 lb frame.
Similar Products Used: I have tried them all the big name company 29rs
Bike Setup: all stock except the handlebar, grips, and seat
a Cross Country Rider
from Broomfield, CO
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2011
Strengths: Lightweight, stiff frame with great geometry.
Weaknesses: Cheap crank, crummy saddle
Excellent climber, super fast on the fireroads and flats. When the trail gets techy this bike isn't as smooth as a full squish bike but that's to be expected. This bike is great for XC and endurance racing at 24 pounds out of the box. If you are looking for a light race bike at a great price this is your bike, if you want something to ride every day look elsewhere.
Similar Products Used: Have owned and demo'd many different brands of fs and hardtail bikes
Bike Setup: Stock except for WTB Rocket V Saddle and Ergon grips
a Cross Country Rider
from longmont, CO
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2011
I bought this bike in May 2011 for about $2500 and enjoyed it tremendously—-at least until last week.
It was light, responsive, and climbed like a dream. And it really didn’t feel like a hardtail at all: in fact, it descended just about as well as my old 26” FS even as it climbed 30 or 40% better. I’m a decent Sport rider (clocking in at 6’2” and 175 lbs), and it helped me to improve my race times considerably.
About a week ago, though, I must have hit my rear derailleur squarely on a rock. At first, I thought I just had chain suck or something, 'cause I didn't really feel a jolt. But then I saw that the derailleur had ripped completely off—-along with a small chunk of the frame and dropout—-and was lodged in my spokes. The actual frame damage doesn’t look like much, but the entire frame needs to be replaced if I ever want to use it as a geared bike again.
Technically, this was a “crash,” so Scott can only give me a $900 “crash replacement.” I suppose that I get it: carbon cracks, and I technically cracked it.
Still, I’ve had this kind of “crash” before on several other aluminum and steel bikes—even once on a steel touring bike—and never destroyed a frame like this. Never. And I’m certainly not paying another $900 for another Scott carbon frame to see whether this happens again.
It’s time to try something else—-like the Motobecane Ti 29er frame that I really regret not having bought in the first place.
Long story short? This bike is great on many levels. But it didn’t last very long, at least not for me.
Bike Setup: Stock except for Bontrager Mud X tubeless
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2011
Strengths: Light laterally stiff frame, vertically compliant because of the SDS stays( specifically shaped seat and chain stays that allow a small amount of movement)
Weaknesses: No weaknesses to report so far!
Very good lightweight race/trail bike.. It is light in 1x10 setup. 23.5 lbs.. feels very good under power but has a "little" forgiveness in the rear when the going gets rough. The 29" wheels allow me to get through the tech pretty easily giving me confidence on trail type terrain, but the bike is still light and snappy under power giving it a real racy feel. I have owned many bikes ranging from 26" hardtails to 5" travel FS rigs and aluminum 29ers.. So far this bike is the best compromise of comfort and speed that I have ridden.