a All Mountain Rider
from Miami, FL
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2012
Strengths: Quick acceleration
Stiff, yet forgiving over obstacles
Weaknesses: Stock saddle and handlebar
Review for 2012 model: Simply put, this is an all out XC racer. Quick right out of the gate, extremely stable in slow technical sections, and corners well at higher speeds. Very well built bike, and seems like it will stand the test of time. A great bike for anyone looking to fly through their local singletrack, or who wants to make the climb to the top an easy one. Have been riding it 5+ times a week for several weeks now, and I can't get enough!
Similar Products Used: Giant ATX 840, Specialized Epic (still own the Epic)
Bike Setup: All custom: American Classic MTB Disc wheels, Formula oro K24 brakes, XT crank, rear and front mech, SLR saddle, Ritchey carbon seatpost and handlebar, XT pedals, Schwalbe 2.25 tyres (Rocket Ron and Racing Ralph).
Strengths: The faster you ride this bike the more it comes alive. It's favorite habitat is on fast swooping single track and tight technical terrain. The compact geometry and the stiffness of the frame make it a great climber and the handling is precise and crisp. Think float like butterfly sting like a bee. As I stated earlier this bike is made to go fast and on a good day with strong legs it inspires devotion and praise.
Weaknesses: The rear triangle is super stiff and can cause loss of traction on out of the saddle climbs. XT brake calipers stick and squeal at times. The breaking in the rear sends a vibrating sensation up through the frame. Original aluminum seat post popped and pinged like crazy.
Once I got the riser bars and carbon seat post and saddle in order this bike was ready for the 3 to six hour epics that I like to do. I have ridden it over all types of terrain from Tahoe to the Sierra Nevada foothills and all around the bay area. It can handle anything but most rocky technical stuff that you need a full suspension rig to ride. If you want a bike that is fast, nimble, and light and your rides often include a fair amount of blacktop to get to the trail head I can't think of a better bike.
Bike Setup: Full XT drive train with xtr rear derailleur...Ritchey WCS Seat post and riser bars and wtb laser v saddle. XTR pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009
Strengths: light weight, high end components, responsive frame, good turn in. Low rolling resistance from Rocket Rons and light wheels. An easy bike to ride uphill especially if you can lock out the fork
Weaknesses: some slippage with carbon seat post. No remote lock out for fork
a great hardtail for cross country racing on smoother trails. Not so great for harder, rocky tracks beyond my technical competence - concern for breaking the carbon frame when I go down!!
Similar Products Used: Klein Race Attitude, not similar but much better than Specialized Epic
Bike Setup: Stock except for Maxxis tires ust
a Cross Country Rider
from Hampshire UK
Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007
Strengths: Speed, efficiency, ultra-lightness, outstandingly agile handling, surprisingly compliant ride. Must be the fastest frame out there for XC. Would be a good choice for long-distance XC endurance events.
Weaknesses: None except the standard saddle, an XC bumbreaker replaced with a Gobi Nisene after the first ride.
If you have to have one bike this could be it. It's very light, so you'd reasonably expect the speed. What will exceed your expectations is the way this bike delivers: pedal effort feels hot-wired to the rear wheel, the SDS damping makes the ride very comfortable, and the XC single-track handling is a match for anything else I've ridden. It's hard to put into words, but you always feel it's got another level of performance lurking if you need it. The only place the Blur totally beats it is on rough, rocky and rutted terrain - but ultimately of course they are different animals. In fact the only problem I've had with the Scale 20 is that it's too fast - if you ride it flat out on good XC terrain you might find you might find yourself suspected of using banned substances...
Similar Products Used: Was looking at building a Giant XTC carbon custom, but this on an end-of-year deal was just ridiculously good value. The 20 is only half a kilo heavier and lists much cheaper than the 10, so is probably the best value point in the range. Other bike is a custom Blur LT configured more for downhill.
Bike Setup: Standard except for saddle, and Easton carbon riser bars to relax the riding position a tad. That means XT/XTR components, mavic wheels, Fox fork etc. Running Michelin XCR Mud tyres at the moment, fast for 'mud' tyres. Came with lightweight sticky-feeling tyres, not sure they'll take much of a hammering, see this summer.
a Weekend Warrior
from chicago IL
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006
Strengths: Weight, stiffness, component group, Fox fork
Weaknesses: Selle slr is pain in the butt.... Racing position needs to get used to
This bike is very light, fast, accurate, agile and quite comfy. I've ridden more harsh bike than this one. I agree with every comments on previous review.
Similar Products Used: Scott Scale 40 for training bike.
Bike Setup: CrossMax Sl wheels, XT/XTR working parts, Thomson stem, Fox fork
from Melbourne, OZ
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2006
Just couldn't resist one last update. I've racked up well over 2000km's now and I've swapped out the bar and stem for a Thomson x4 and race face dues OS bar. Praise the lord! No more creaking, clicking, flexing. This bike has taken on a whole new level of superb'ness:). Complete silence is bliss when riding a bike.. it inspires so much more confidence. This bike is so versatile on or off road. Can easily keep up with racing bikes, the only limitation is the fitness of the rider. Couldn't be happier. Oh and no more grief from the drive train. Using a wipperman chain allows me to keep everything clean and smooth without going through a laborious routine. As good as it gets.
a Cross Country Rider
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2006
Strengths: Light, strong, fast, looks good and has my name on it!
Weaknesses: Standard alloy bars let it down, swap to carbon.
At this price all the bikes are good and spec'd similar, so it comes down to personal preference. The carbon frame is very light, stiff and looks good. None of the components need upgrading. The bike accelerates very quickly and climbing hills is now fun, just have to be careful not to wheelspin too much as you pass riders on "heavy" bikes...
Just a follow up to my previous review. I've ridden the bike for over 1200km's now and thought it was time to update my initial opinion. The bike has continued being a pleasure to ride but it hasn't been entirely trouble free. My main issues have been with the drive train (Chain, Chain rings and cassette)and the stem. The drive train basically wore out after 300kms of riding, needed to replace middle chain ring, chain and lower section of the cassette. Perhaps this could be attributed to the conditions I ride in or my maintenance (or lack there of)... but can't help but feel disappointed. I also discovered the bike came with an LX chain as apposed to the XT spec. I doubt this would have contributed to the early wear, but again.. disappointing. My other gripe has been with the stem, in spite of numerous attempts with lube and varied levels of bolt tension it creaks and clicks after a few days of riding. It also feels cheep and flexy (perhaps because of all the noise). I'm going to swap the stem for a Thomson X4 as soon as pos. The only other area I would modify next time is the STI shifters (truly a novelty at best). While I've grown accustomed to them, they are far less precise than good old tried and tested rapid fire and I can't believe how much handle bar space they consume. They do the job but are not superior to rapid fire in anyway shape or form. Regardless of these issues the heart of this bike is the frame, and that's what makes it tick. Incredibly responsive, sharp handling, it's a thorough bred race bike that will take you as fast as you can pedal both on or off road, up hill and down hill, you name it. I'll give it 4 chilis for value thanks to the issues I've encountered and 5 chilis for it's exceptional frame.
Strengths: Light, stiff, ultra reliable. Easily could be built under 10kg.
Weaknesses: DT Skewers come loose.
This bike is a workhorse. It's so reliable, especially in the endurance events. All cables are out of the way and near gunk up. The handling is wicked as well as the braking (XT disks). It's also a fast climber. This has to be the best money I have ever spent on a bike. Anyone wanting a wicked xc bike for racing or xc trail riding, then this is the bike for you.
Bike Setup: Sid fork, gobi seat, sram X9 shifters and rear mech.
a Cross Country Rider
from Melbourne, OZ
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005
Strengths: Crazy Light & stiff frame. No flex in the crank/bottom bracket area, gets max power to the back wheel. Very good component selection. Fox forks are superb. Very good looking bike.
Weaknesses: The non replaceable mech hanger scares me a bit. Although I'm told that the built in mech hanger is substantially stronger than a replaceable one. Time will tell. This bike would look so much better if the Scott logos weren't so prominant, kinda OTT tacky for what is in essence a classy bike.
At the time of this review I've ridden the bike for about 150kms over 6 days(primarily on road commuting) and it's been an absolute pleasure. Have to admit it's taken a bit of getting used to the lack of flex through the BB. Compared to the relatively flexy forgiving ride on the XTC my legs have been given a wake up call. This bike is sharp and responsive built for speed over comfort. However having said how stiff the bike is, the carbon does do a great job at absorbing a lot of the sting from small bumps. The Fox forks are awesome, incredibly plush and responsive. They seamlessly smooth out bumps without erratic bob or flex. The jury is still out over the new shimano shifters, I really can't say they are better or worse than rapid fire, just a novelty really. Also with finely tuned discs I often find changing gear engages the brakes slightly which is annoying. The disc brakes also squeal in the wet which was an unpleasant surprise(thought squeal was only associated with rim breaks). Hopefully these things will improve with some tuning and time. All these gripes are minor though and on the whole this is an exceptional bike. Looking forward to giving it a more thorough off-road test in the coming months. Hopefully I'll post an update when I crack the 1000kms milestone.
Similar Products Used: Giant XTC 2003 Specialized Rockhopper 2002
Bike Setup: Stock except for slick tyres, egg beaters and Lp bar ends. Large frame size. 10.3kg
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 7, 2005
Strengths: Very light & fast,
Very light & fast, laughs at hills, accelerates like a greyhound, racing position but with a long top tube quite comfy. Jury is still out on the saddle. Cool stealthy carbon looks. Sounds like a cement mixer in the mud as the frame amplifies all the rear end noise. Could use some lighter components as it only comes in a pound under my F.S Fisher Sugar. If you want to win the race or just leave your mates for dead this is the bike for you & considering the frame is £1600 then £2000 for the bike with fox forks is a bargain.
Looking to replace the stock thread-on freewheel and hub with a freehub and cassette. Rear dropout spacing on the 20" Scale Jr. is 126mm.
I've done a bit of lurking about on this forum and abroad but no such luck with a 126mm spacing. So, need to hit up the group.
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Well, it can't be a junior as my little lady is all girl except when it comes to playing as hard as the boys.
I found a 2008-2009 model Scott Jr Scale 20 on the local Craigslist. It was in descent shape and the price low enough that I could be happy investing some coin to make it the bike she and ... Read More »
I have done a deep research and have selected these three bikes. The market price is almost equal and configuration is practically the same.
Could you please advise me on pros and cons of these bikes? What would be your choice?
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I am currently looking at a Scale 20 and was wondering if anybody could give me some info.
What are they like to own, how strong are the frames, maximum rider weight etc etc
It would not be brand new so no warranty. :nonod:
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