Scott Scale 30 XC Hardtail

  • 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

  • User Reviews (34)

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    Andy   Weekend Warrior [Nov 21, 2017]
    Strength:

    I upgraded to the carbon scale 30 from an aluminium scott. Wow the smile on my face from the first ride. This bike just wants get moving fast. It climbs hills like a mountain goat on steroids. I must be 20% quicker on this carbon Scott. The other impressive thing is that not only is it fast but it’s so much more comfortable than an aluminium bike. Buy one!!!!!!

    Weakness:

    None.

    I can’t stop smiling as riding is so easy on this s bike.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    schwantzenpiece   Cross Country Rider [Mar 03, 2011]
    Strength:

    Stiff and good on climbs.

    Weakness:

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

    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.

    Similar Products Used: None; first carbon bike I've owned..and the last!
    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    YDeng   Weekend Warrior [Dec 16, 2010]
    Strength:

    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.

    Weakness:

    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.

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Cannondale F600
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Veda   Racer [Nov 09, 2010]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    Not as balanced on turns as other bikes

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Fuji Tahoe Comp
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    willinthehill   Cross Country Rider [Feb 20, 2010]
    Strength:

    Low weight
    Fast and smooth

    Weakness:

    Expensive
    White grips and seat get a bit dirty :)

    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?

    Similar Products Used: Marin Rift Zone (not really similar though)
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    wanus1312   Cross Country Rider [Oct 03, 2009]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    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

    The reveloution will not be motorised.....go hard or go home

    Similar Products Used: First carbon, 98; Trek 7000zx and Mongoose Teocali elite 2006
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Mr Bobolina   Cross Country Rider [May 01, 2009]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

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

    Lovely handling, strong build and as fast as you!

    Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Superfly 29
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    ukalipt   Cross Country Rider [Jan 12, 2009]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

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

    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

    Similar Products Used: not quiet similar but i did ride a scott reflex 40 before this purchase
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    crazyman   Cross Country Rider [Jan 01, 2009]
    Strength:

    Fast.

    Weakness:

    Brake vibration, non replaceable drop-out

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Specialized Epic, GT I-drive, Avanti Hammer, Klein Attitude, Ibis Mojo
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    superman_54   Cross Country Rider [Sep 27, 2008]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

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

    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

    Similar Products Used: trek 6000, trek 8000
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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