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Interested in purchasing one of these as I've been craving something lighter and faster than my Kona.

Upon reading some reviews I came across one that said 'some parts of the frame are so thin that they can be squeezed and bent in with your fingers alone'. This sounded a little disheartening. Perhaps I'm sheltered from the world of light bikes but this seemed a little wrong.

Any opinions on this frame and/or the bike as a whole? Thanks!

EDIT: Other bikes I'm interested in looking at are;

Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp
Rocky Mountain Vertex 50
Giant XTC Alliance
Trek 8000 (or 8500 perhaps)

Thanks!
 

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i have a 2007 scale 40 and have had no frame issues. i ride a size small, and i weigh about 150, ride 2-3 times a week every week. it is a good, light, stiff frame that climbs and accelerates very well. i rode cannondales for years and i prefer the scott's ride. i like the stumpjumper ht, too, but i got a better deal on the scott and i couldn't be happier. plus it is red, and everybody knows that red bikes are fast.
 

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go for 2009 Scott Scale 40, you'll never look back.

Despite what some people say about carbon, the material is as strong as everyone think, AND THAT DEPENDS ON HOW THEY ARE BUILD.

I have a road frame carbon in my garage that has been hit by car side on (not me its my friend's frame & his ok) and it kinda broke one chain stay but will never be use again.

So I decided to keep it in the garage to hang and bash it now then with the hammer just to show people that most carbon frame now are getting better and better. Every time I hit it hard with a hammer it just bounce back at me and hardly put a mark on the clear coat let alone the carbon under it.

Just look at F1 racing, would you rather be on an alloy frame or carbon frame hitting the wall and not that we do that in cycling of course?
 

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go for 2009 Scott Scale 40, you'll never look back.

Despite what some people say about carbon, the material is as strong as everyone think, AND THAT DEPENDS ON HOW THEY ARE BUILD.

I have a road frame carbon in my garage that has been hit by car side on (not me its my friend's frame & his ok) and it kinda broke one chain stay but will never be use again.

So I decided to keep it in the garage to hang and bash it now then with the hammer just to show people that most carbon frame now are getting better and better. Every time I hit it hard with a hammer it just bounce back at me and hardly put a mark on the clear coat let alone the carbon under it.

Just look at F1 racing, would you rather be on an alloy frame or carbon frame hitting the wall and not that we do that in cycling of course?
The Scale 40 is an Aluminum frame I believe.
 

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the scale 40 is an aluminum frame. the carbon frames start with the scale 30 and up. i don't think you have anything to worry about. i am hard on my frame and have had no problems. i wouldn't recommend taking it dirt jumping or doing any big drops or anything on it; it is intended to be an xc-race type frame, and it is an excellent one, in my opinion. i couldn't be happier with mine. if you want a light, snappy aluminum race frame, it is a great one.
 

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Also, I don't plan to use the bike for drops/dirt jumps or jumps of any kind, just some mild/moderate trail riding and some ashphalt riding.

But hearing that the aluminum frame is this thin makes me want to look elsewhere even if it means another pound or two... :(
 

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you don't have anything to worry about. i have never really tried to squeeze the tubes, to be honest. i can tell you that i have ridden the bike hard for over a year and a half. i have crashed riding through rock gardens, slid out in loose dirt corners, gone over the bars on steep switchbacks, and smacked several trees with it, and have never damaged it.
 

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Benchmark said:
Interested in purchasing one of these as I've been craving something lighter and faster than my Kona.

Upon reading some reviews I came across one that said 'some parts of the frame are so thin that they can be squeezed and bent in with your fingers alone'. This sounded a little disheartening. Perhaps I'm sheltered from the world of light bikes but this seemed a little wrong.

Any opinions on this frame and/or the bike as a whole? Thanks!

EDIT: Other bikes I'm interested in looking at are;

Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp
Rocky Mountain Vertex 50
Giant XTC Alliance
Trek 8000 (or 8500 perhaps)

Thanks!
The top tube is the only tube you can depress and see a little deflection in the metal. The tube is not designed to bear weight at this location.

So YES you can press the metal in with your thumb but the metal maintains it's shape and returns. If you drop a wrench on the paint it will chip. Other then that...I've been beating my Scale for about 6 months now and wondering if it will break. It comes home straight and in one piece everytime.

Scott really knows what they are doing and there bikes perform well. I am familar with the other bikes on your list. I compared to the XTC also. You will LOVE the Scale. I have riden everything from Cannondale to Trek, GF, Raleigh, Haro, Redline...this is a snappy, light bike that looks great too.

As pictured...My Scale 70 jacked up on XT, Fox, Mavic, Easton, etc. Weighs in at 24lbs.
 

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