Scott has brought quality machines to the market for years, and 2018 is no different. Today we will be highlighting the 29er 2018 Scott Scale 950 and 960. These bikes bring a well-rounded approach to mountain biking that makes even casual, hobbyist riders feel like the pros. Let’s take a look “under the hood.”
The frame is Scott’s Aluminum Alloy 6061 Boost Frame. In 2018, Scott has given this frame a significant overhaul. A brand new frame geometry and the lightweight alloy material make for a smoother ride than ever before. The rear triangle has been built considerably rigid, providing built-in support for power breaking. This ensures unbeatable stopping power even in the stickiest of situations. The downtube has been constructed to be substantially thicker, allowing for each stroke of the pedal to be more powerful and overall ride quality to be greatly improved. Additionally, the curved seat tube offers an increase in comfort on your ride as well as an increase in pedaling efficiency. All of these things together make for a ride so smooth and controlled, you will forget you have bought an aluminum bike and instead will enjoy a ride quality comparable to Scott’s carbon frames.
The Scale’s shocks absorb mighty blows while being able to lock out in a hurry. On the 950, a Fox 32 Float Rhythm Fork with 100mm in travel eat up rocks, roots, and anything else getting in the way to slow you down on a descent. It is coupled with the Scott RideLoc 3-mode remote, which will allow you to make smooth transitions from full travel all the way to a lockout at lightning speed. On the 960, you won’t be sacrificing much. It is equipped with the Rock Shox Recon Silver RL Solo Air Fork with 100mm of travel. Although it is only set up with the RideLoc 2-mode remote, you will still find the same fast, seamless transitions when you need them the most.
These two bikes are very similar, aside from a few small differences in the components. Let’s take a closer look at the side-by-side comparison:
Scale 950 Scale 960
Frame: Aluminum Alloy 6061 Boost Frame: Aluminum Alloy 6061 Boost
Fork: Fox 32 Float Rhythm 100mm Fork: Rock Shox Recon Silver RL Solo Air 100mm
Scott RideLoc 3-mode remote Scott RideLoc 2-mode remote
Brakes: Shimano MT500 Disc Brakes Brakes: Shimano M425 Disc Brakes
Approximate weight: 26.23 lbs Approximate weight: 28 lbs
The Scale is a great all-around ride. Scott paid special attention this time around to offer a ride that is equal parts agile, powerful, and comfortable across a variety of terrains. The high-quality components make you feel just like one of the pros. Going with the 29er option will get you over any rough terrain with absolute ease. For being 29ers, and a hardtail at that, these bikes hold its own on even advanced decent.
If you would like to come check out these bikes for a test ride, come into our store and we'll be sure to take care of you!
Aspect 700/900 series
Alloy 6061 DB / Performance geometry
Internal cable routing
Hyd. Lockout / 100mm travel
Ritchey LOGIC ZERO-OE
Shimano Altus RD-M2000
Shimano FD-TY700-TS6 / 31.8mm
Shimano STEF 505 8R
Shimano BR-M315 / Hydr. Disc
SM-RT10 CL Rotor / 160F/160R
Syncros M3.0 / 720mm
black / 31,8mm / 12mm rise / 9° BS
Syncros M3.0 / 7° / Black
27.2mm / 350mm / Black
Shimano HB TX505
Shimano CS-HG31-8 / 11-32T
14 G / stainless / black
Syncros X-20 Disc
32H / black
Kenda Slant 6
2.35 / 30TPI
APPROX WEIGHTS IN KG
APPROX WEIGHTS IN LBS
The overall weight includes the bike, the rider, the equipment and possible additional luggage.