Scott’s Obsession for Lightweight Continues
Scott was the first leading brand with 27.5-inch bikes. For MY 2014 there are hardly any 26-inch bikes left. The main news the company will show at Eurobike is in road race with the return of the Addict and the Solace.
Three new MTB and two road platforms were the highlights of the Scott’s summer launch, but more new models are sure to follow, like a big line up of e-bikes at Eurobike. Scott is also launching new MIPS helmets, more lightweight clothes, and top-end shoes. The new Addict, has only two similarities with the previous model: the name and another benchmark for low weight.
The frameset weight dropped to 995 grams for a medium size HMX-SL version that is built with the latest high-modulus fibers (T800 and T1000) and nano resin. Two other options are up to 250 grams heavier, but still very light. Scott managed to reduce the weight with tube shapes and carbon layup. The Addict is not just light, it’s a top-end racing bike with great handling, some of the Foil’s aero features and improved comfort.
The Solace on new platform
The Solace is the second new road platform and the successor to the CR1 with improved comfort and new geometry. Scott sold almost 100,000 CR1s and keeps it in the range of an entry-level carbon bike. The Frame is built with a Power Zone for maximum efficiency and a Comfort Zone. The frame will come in 7 men and 5 women sizes, each optimized with tube diameters and carbon layup – weighing between 890 to 950 grams.
In MTB’s it is all about 27.5
When it comes to mountain bikes it is all about 27.5 and 29ers. There are no more 26-inch models left in the Scale, Spark, Genius, and Genius LT families. It’s easy to understand why when Pascal Ducrot, vice president of Scott, revealed some numbers. 26-inch sales are only strong in Asia.
In North America and Europe they only represent 9% and 23% in the price range of US$ 1,500 and above. Orders for 2014 show a vast demand for 27.5-inch bikes, also in Asia and Europe. A lot of this has to do with the new Scale 700 as a complete bike and the new Spark 700. Both are racing favorites of the factory team riders and were already famous before the official start of production.
The Scale is built with SDS micro-suspension, press-fit 92 BB, internal routing, and ISD-SL dropouts; with the range of three frames: top end HMX carbon, HMX carbon, and alloy version. The Spark 700 with 120 mm of travel is fast and is still a playful bike with much greater stiffness compared to the Spark 900.
Also brand new is the enduro/all-mountain Genius LT only available in 27.5-inch. It has the same platform as Scott’s other full suspension bikes and 170 mm of travel. The weight of the frame is 2.5 kg, meaning a 400 grams advantage over the previous model. It has new geometry, internal routing, integrated chain guide, and bunch of other nice features. Like an extra protection layer of carbon in the down tube for example.
Cooperation with Fox
Scott has started a new cooperation with Fox and specified all models with their shocks, either Nude or custom CTD versions. These are custom shocks, but they use most of the standard Float parts, so servicing should be easy. Scott also makes dealers life easier with same dimensions of bearings, small parts, dropouts, and seat tube diameters on most of the suspension bikes.