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.”

Frame

 

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.

 

Suspension

 

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.

 

Specs

 

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

 

Conclusion

 

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!

  • FRAME

    Aspect 700/900 series
    Alloy 6061 DB / Performance geometry
    Internal cable routing

  • FORK

    Suntour XCT-HLO
    Hyd. Lockout / 100mm travel

  • HEADSET

    Ritchey LOGIC ZERO-OE

  • REAR DERAILLEUR

    Shimano Altus RD-M2000
    24 Speed

  • FRONT DERAILLEUR

    Shimano FD-TY700-TS6 / 31.8mm

  • SHIFTERS

    Shimano STEF 505 8R

  • BRAKE LEVERS

    incl.

  • BRAKES

    Shimano BR-M315 / Hydr. Disc
    SM-RT10 CL Rotor / 160F/160R

  • CRANKSET

    Shimano FC-TY701
    42x34x24 w/CG

  • BB-SET

    Shimano BB-UN-100
    Cartridge Type

  • HANDLEBAR

    Syncros M3.0 / 720mm
    black / 31,8mm / 12mm rise / 9° BS

  • H'STEM

    Syncros M3.0 / 7° / Black

  • PEDALS

    VP VP-536

  • SEATPOST

    Syncros M3.0
    27.2mm / 350mm / Black

  • SEAT

    Syncros M3.0

  • HUB (FRONT)

    Shimano HB TX505

  • HUB (REAR)

    Shimano FH-TX5058

  • CHAIN

    KMC Z-7

  • CASSETTE

    Shimano CS-HG31-8 / 11-32T

  • SPOKES

    14 G / stainless / black

  • RIMS

    Syncros X-20 Disc
    32H / black

  • TIRES

    Kenda Slant 6
    2.35 / 30TPI

  • APPROX WEIGHTS IN KG

    14.30

  • APPROX WEIGHTS IN LBS

    31.53

  • SYSTEM WEIGHT

    128 kg
    The overall weight includes the bike, the rider, the equipment and possible additional luggage.

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