Scott Scale 30 XC Hardtail

4.52/5 (33 Reviews)
Weight : 23.3 lbs MSRP : $2799.99


Product Description

  • Scale Carbon / IMP3 technology / HMF NET
  • Tapered Headtube / PM 160 Disc
  • Carbon dropout / PFBB92
  • Replaceable hanger
  • SDS shock damping system
  • Rock Shox Reba RL / Tapered steerer
  • Air / Pop Loc remote Lockout
  • Rebound adjustable
  • 100 mm travel
  • 10.00 kg / 22.03 lbs


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    Reviews 1 - 15 (33 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by schwantzenpiece a Cross Country Rider from rhode island

    Date Reviewed: March 3, 2011

    Strengths:    Stiff and good on climbs.

    Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable, weak, over-priced, poor warranty, cheap scott finishing kit, and razor blade saddle.

    Bottom Line:   
    Snapped the seatstay way too easily, so I would have to say RUBBISH. This bike is for cross country racing and really nothing else, so unless you ride competitively or want to show off on a carbon bike then stay away; if you intend to be out riding for more than a couple of hours it's necessary to line your barse with lead..the alternative being a bruised colon. Scott no doubt weigh their bikes on a "beauty scale", as their listed weights are considerably higher than they claim, and the idea of such a light frame with heavy components is slightly ridiculous in my humble opinion. Unless you're a competitive XC rider you're wasting your money on one of these.

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    Favorite Trail:   too many

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   bikeworks

    Similar Products Used:   None; first carbon bike I've owned..and the last!

    Bike Setup:   Stock other than Sunline stem, EC90 bars, USE sumo post, specialised saddle and Michelin XC A.T. tires.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by YDeng a Weekend Warrior from HKG

    Date Reviewed: December 16, 2010

    Strengths:    Light at around 23 lbs with my Xpedo Utmost pedal. Lovely color and streamline frame especially the deraileur cables are hidden inside the frame, convenient torque preset seat tube clamp no worry to break carbon seat tube.

    Weaknesses:    Decending need extra attention. Maybe my prevous F600 had a wide riser bar, I allow myself some more time to get use to the shorter flat bar. 185 mm front rotor is more than enough for such a light and racing position bike, watch out. The white grip turn dirty only after two ride and the stock saddle cannot compare with my long time friend Fizik Aliante XM.

    Bottom Line:   
    Light and fast, smooth feeling ride.
    A birthday gift from my wonderful wife, acceptable price for an entry level carbon HT compared with S-work and Trek Elite. It is a good change after riding 6 years of my alloy F600. Will still keep my old friend F600 for technical trail ride.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $2800.00

    Purchased At:   Scott Concept

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F600

    Bike Setup:   Stock. Only replace the SPD 520 pedal with Xpedo Utmost flat; Fizik Aliante XM saddle.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Veda a Racer from Indonesia

    Date Reviewed: November 9, 2010

    Strengths:    Super fast, super stiff, ultralight weight, awesome racing geometry.

    Weaknesses:    Not as balanced on turns as other bikes

    Bottom Line:   
    I was able to make this into a 8.3kg racing machine. It was a blast. Alas I've moved to full suspension everything due to practicality. I'd get the new Scale again someday when I have the need for a hardtail for touring.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1900.00

    Purchased At:   local dealer

    Similar Products Used:   Fuji Tahoe Comp

    Bike Setup:   X-0 GS, Fulcrum wheels, all carbon components

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by willinthehill a Cross Country Rider from London

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2010

    Strengths:    Low weight
    Fast and smooth


    Weaknesses:    Expensive
    White grips and seat get a bit dirty :)


    Bottom Line:   
    The Scott Scale 30 is an amazing piece of engineering, really has a quality feel throughout and uses excellent components.

    Not only is it very light but exceptionally well balanced so you really feel confident throwing it around and fully in control of the bike. The frame is very stiff, but even so from a standing start when you jump on the pedals you can still see the bottom bracket move quite a bit - probably due more to the suspension (even with lock out) and tyres but nonetheless makes you question the value of shelling out so much for the carbon frame.

    The tyres seem to have a high rolling resistance on the road which means that first impressions on a test ride aren't great as the bike doesn't feel as fast as it should, but off road they cope well with mixed conditions. It's when it hits the hills that this bike comes into it's own, it just flies up hills due to the super-low weight and gives a really smooth ride and solid handling downhill due to the excellent forks.

    One other small gripe - the bottom bracket seems quite high, which will certainly help for clearance but when the saddle is up at the right height to climb hills then it's quite hard to reach the ground when you want to stop.

    Overall I'm really happy with it but to be totally honest I'd probably enjoy a bike that cost half as much just as well. Being a kilo or lighter does make a difference, but think about it this way - if someone offered you a grand to lose a kilo or two would you do it?

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    Favorite Trail:   Nine Barrow Down, Dorset

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   Evans

    Similar Products Used:   Marin Rift Zone (not really similar though)


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by wanus1312 a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Vic Aussie

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2009

    Strengths:    Light, turns on a dial...... farkin fast

    Weaknesses:    None yet, fallen off 3 times cause im hittin the corners so fast. Slammed on the Avid elixer R discs and almost flew over the bars

    Bottom Line:   
    The reveloution will not be motorised.....go hard or go home

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    Favorite Trail:   Yarra trails

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3500.00

    Purchased At:   Bike pro

    Similar Products Used:   First carbon, 98; Trek 7000zx and Mongoose Teocali elite 2006

    Bike Setup:   2010 model stock except Gobi XM seat and took off the Scott white grips for some black ODI lock ons

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mr Bobolina a Cross Country Rider from Hamar, Norway

    Date Reviewed: May 1, 2009

    Strengths:    Strong build bike; lovely stiff & light frame, strong wheels, durable SLX parts (2009-model), strong Fox fork, and obviously; U.S.A.-made brand ;-)

    Weaknesses:    None. For the price. Obviously Scott Scale 20 is better equipped.. Still lighter wheels will be pri 1 upgrade.

    Bottom Line:   
    Lovely handling, strong build and as fast as you!

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    Favorite Trail:   Bangsberget

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Sport 1

    Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Superfly 29

    Bike Setup:   Long stem (12 cm). Changed at shop into 10 cm. Steerer 60 com could have been even wider for my personal style, say 66 cm.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ukalipt a Cross Country Rider from sydney

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009

    Strengths:    climbs like a siberian goat. frame looks amazing with the exposed carbon weave

    Weaknesses:    scott stock grips
    mavic crossride wheel set is OKish
    lots of flex under power.
    crankset is average - truvtiv 3.3's


    Bottom Line:   
    the scale 2008 30 is one of the best looking bikes on the market for that year. it is has an amazing geometry that makes climbing so simple. it handles like it is on rails. as with most bike models, this is about middle of the range so the spec's are good but not the best. the grips were crap and kept on sliding off. so either lock-ons or some other upgrades would be must.
    the wheelset isn't top of the line either and the weight is on the heavy side for XC racing. they are quiet LOOOOOOSE as well so they flex heavily under full power when out of the saddle.
    the fox RL's are as you would expect. great
    avid juicy 5 are working well
    not at all impressed with the cranks. seem a bit cheap really.
    i would strongly recommend this bike for true XC racing.
    dualies are for skirt wearers

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    Favorite Trail:   yellomundee

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $2750.00

    Purchased At:   blackmans cycles pen

    Similar Products Used:   not quiet similar but i did ride a scott reflex 40 before this purchase

    Bike Setup:   mostly stock 2008 model
    upgrades. foam jetblack grips
    wcs carbon bars

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by crazyman a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: January 1, 2009

    Strengths:    Fast.

    Weaknesses:    Brake vibration, non replaceable drop-out

    Bottom Line:   
    I got the original '05 model of this bike. I had huge problems sorting out the brake vibration, it felt like riding an earthquake, but the smoother modulation of the XTR's (warranty upgrade) finally sorted this. It's the quickest bike I've ever ridden, everyone who rides it can't believe how good it is, better than their own full suspension rigs. Recently I rode an Ibis Mojo, this would be a worthy but expensive upgrade, otherwise nothing else comes close to the Scale.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   Penny Farthings

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic, GT I-drive, Avanti Hammer, Klein Attitude, Ibis Mojo

    Bike Setup:   XTR disc upgrade, fizik saddle, time pedals,

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by superman_54 a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, Ca

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2008

    Strengths:    Light, quick, stiff, strong, powerful stopping power and definitely looks great.

    Weaknesses:    just a little bit sketchy about carbon fiber. Could use an adjustable front fork. brakes will squeak at certain times

    Bottom Line:   
    i was about to buy the scale 50 or 40 (aluminum) but i got an even better deal on the 30 (carbon). this bike is amazing. I used to have a cheap full suspension and going from that to the scale, it felt like i dropped 100 lbs. The scale 30 will encourage you to climb and keep climbing. hell, it will just encourage you to keep riding everywhere. I used to be in the middle of the pack with the heavy full suspension and now i usually lead. The brakes will get squeaky at times but the stopping power never seems to fade. this bikes handling is very aggressive and precise. Steering is quick. from the first moment u ride, u can just tell this is a pure racing thorough bred. World cycles has taken care of me and my bike really well. If you have the extra dough, save up for the scale 20 or even scale 10 for the superb components they come with. if not, just buy the 30 and upgrade parts later on. i'd buy another scale 30 once this one gives up on me. hopefully not soon though. i gave it 4 stars for value simply because the bikes price is not for everyone. i put myself in debt just to own one. but i can honestly say im glad i did

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1800.00

    Purchased At:   World Cycles, San Di

    Similar Products Used:   trek 6000, trek 8000

    Bike Setup:   stock with more agressive rear tires

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by MilesWaits a Racer from USA

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2008

    Strengths:    CARBON baby!! Ain't nothing close for shock absorption and handling the tuff stuff.

    Weaknesses:    Don't have two of them!

    Bottom Line:   
    THIS IS IT!!!!
    I dreamed of a Carbon Hardtail after getting out of XC Expert Racing for 10 years, then talked with an old racing friend and he rode the Scale for everything including mega long XC races and I was sold when I saw this Monster; I just knew! The bikes ability to inspire confidence on climbs is breathtaking as I can typically outclimb most on the highly steep and technical so this is an added joy.
    I dig the front fork and the shifting is flawless. Never got a flat all season with the tubeless Hutchinson Python Lights!! The stock saddle is comfortable. NO REGRETS!~!

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    Favorite Trail:   High Drive and The Beacon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Vertical Earth in CD

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing is similar...did have a Carbon Y33 years ago but this is a HARDTAIL all the way.

    Bike Setup:   XT Wheel Set (dropped some weight), Egg Beaters, Tubeless (LOVE EM), bar ends (old school), water bottle cage (don't like stuff on my back when descending single track whompers).

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by hawk16 a Weekend Warrior from Adeialde

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

    Strengths:    Really fast and enjoyable to climb on this bike. I am not a great climber but went for the Scale 30 because it had a reputation as a climber. It was right. The fox fork is fantastic and takes in most bumps you go over. The carbon helps to smooth trails out.

    Weaknesses:    Hasn't got the best components but they are upgradable over time.

    Bottom Line:   
    I am a weekend hacker and not particularly fast but love this bike and I would buy another one. It does make climbing enjoyable (relatively) and this bike will accelerate like nothing else. If you get into a rythum down a single trail and "dance" with the bike it feels really smooth. The fox fork is superb. It will glyde over most bumps and will not give you any trouble. Save up for this frame/fork and if you have the coin go for a higher spec'd model.

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    Favorite Trail:   Eagle Park

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $3200.00

    Purchased At:   Mitcham Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX 880.

    Bike Setup:   2007 model. Stock, shortened stem and race face risers. Comp S Lite tyres but you should feel this thing when the trail allows you to run Larssons.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by c.nordby a Cross Country Rider from santa cruz ca.

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2008

    Strengths:    incredable stable ride wants to go faster, soaks up the trail. I was amazed at the lightness, 23lbs.

    Weaknesses:    spokes need upgrade & the bars need risers, the componets deor, can be upgraded to xt stuff

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike was 700.00 off when I was looking at buying a new suspension bike(stumpjumper)and I tested it out and it felt light and responsive so I bought it and not the bike I thought I wanted, After the first ride I felt like wow a real xc bike that felt better than any suspesion bike on the planet, The bike wants to go fast on nasty single track, Its so responsive and soft with no chatter you get from other bikes. The shifting was good after I got used to the style, the brakes are good, the forks are great, the wheels are going to be upgraded soon but were ok.Overall I love the carbon look and feel and was happy with the price (closeout)I will take that money and upgrade the wheels and go enter some xc races.

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    Favorite Trail:   woodcutters

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   family cycle center

    Similar Products Used:   santa cruz blur xc

    Bike Setup:   Stock mostly added richey carbon stem & oversized carbon riser bars, specialized seat.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ozi a Cross Country Rider from TUrKeY

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008

    Strengths:    Very light, climbs well,look so handsome

    Weaknesses:    Flat bar, you have to lean over much

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bike to ride. Carbon frame.XT does it's job well. There are lighter bike around but no need to spend more for a few grams otherwise you are a professional racer.Lightest bike like bottomless pit.

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    Favorite Trail:   Egmir Lake

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3000.00

    Similar Products Used:   Trek

    Bike Setup:   2008 stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by shanem6943 a Racer from harlan,in,usa

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2008

    Strengths:    The bike is super light and fast. The acceleration out of corners is unbelivable. The geometry of the bike puts the rider in a position that is not only eggressive but comfortable.

    Weaknesses:    Tire clearense in the back is a little issue. The bike comes with 2.25 widthe tire and in a muddy situation it is not enough room, but easy corectable with a 2.0 tire

    Bottom Line:   
    The best bang for the buck, best overall hartail on the market hands down

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    Favorite Trail:   wynona lake trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Fort Wayne Outfitter

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale rush

    Bike Setup:   All you need is to convert it to tubeless tires and the bike is an animal

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Al a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Sth Est Suburbs, Australia

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2008

    Strengths:    Super light, very nimble through corners, very fast up hills and also very stable down hills even over rough terrain.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome bike, I do not regret selling my dual suspension bike. So fast over any terrain. Turns around corners so well. My riding has improved so much and I feel so much more competent on this bike compared to anything else. Would defiantly recommend.

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    Favorite Trail:   Upper Beaconsfield

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Melbourne Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Jamis xc comp

    Bike Setup:   Standard Scott 30, just changed bars to FSA Carbon risers.

    Reviews 1 - 15 (33 Reviews Total) | Next 15

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    Hi guys, finally, I have made up my mind (partly also because of unfortunate accident to my old bike, accident where the repair would be quite costly...) that I will go for a new bike... I am not a beginner, I am not super pro either, I have been reading comments on the Internet, but still wo ... Read More »

    Which is it to be or not to be? ---> CUBE REACTION GTC SLT 2012 or SCOTT SCALE 30?

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    Hi guys, finally, I have made up my mind (partly also because of unfortunate accident to my old bike, accident where the repair would be quite costly...) that I will go for a new bike... I am not a beginner, I am not super pro either, I have been reading comments on the Internet, but still wo ... Read More »

    XR30 wheels on Scale 30

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