A 29″ carbon frame hardtail crosscountry bike with high-end components.
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A bike with lower gearing will be easier to ride up steep hills, while a higher top end means it will pedal faster down hills.
Scale RC Team
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5'2" – 5'8"
5'6" – 5'11"
5'10" – 6'3"
6'1" – 6'7"
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Oct 2023 · Gustav Gullholm
Modern gravel bikes are becoming so capable that they’re starting to resemble 90’s mountain bikes. But would it really be such a bad thing?
Sep 2023 · Sean Fishpool
Our midpack XC tester sees the light – in every sense – as he hits the trails on the high-end RC World Cup model of Scott's legendary Scale
Laugh out loud fast
Smooth, assured front end
Well-balanced back end
Climbs like a demon
100mm travel is conservative
No dropper post
Fast is its only speed
Feb 2023 · Seanwhite
Log onto Scott’s website, search for hardtails, and you’ll see the XC focused Scale dominates the options. With no long, low and slack hardcore hardtail in sight, it’s apparent that once you tip over the £1k mark, Scott hangs its hat firmly on the Scale range, with all models running 100mm travel forks. And the spread of options is nothing short of gargantuan. At the top end sits the flagship carbon RC World Cup AXS bike at £7,099. A bike that’s been a pedigree XC hardtail for years and under Nino Schurter has dominated XC racing like no other bike. And just like Nino, the Scale itself has dabbled with different wheel sizes, with Scott eventually settling on 29in wheels across all frame sizes, including the women’s specific Contessa options. So with years of evolution behind it, how’s the current Scale shaping up? Take a quick glance from a distance and you may feel a little underwhelmed; the tall seat tube and flatter top tube giving the look of a more conservative, almost dated frame. But under closer inspection, you’ll spot a raft of neat details blended in with well-honed and proven geometry numbers – the Scale’s frame is understated but elegant. With a frame design steeped in racing pedigree, you’d expect the alloy Scale 965 tested here to mirror the dimensions and geometry of the premium carbon bikes. And in many ways it does, but there are some key differences that aren’t immediately obvious. The head angle (we measured this bike at 68.5º), 29in wheels and 100mm fork travel are a constant for both frame materials, as are seat tube measurements. The BB drop is also consistent on both the carbon and aluminium Scale frames, consistently high that is. At 320mm the BB height on the Scott is inline with the Giant and just a hair taller than the Trek. And while 320mm sounds really tall for a hardtail with a 100mm travel fork, it’s been designed that way so that riders can keep the longer 175mm crankarms spinning in all situations, delivering maximum power to the rear tyre without having to worry about clipping a pedal on a root or rock and getting ejected over the bars. Where the frames depart is in chainstay length, the aluminium bikes get 15mm longer chainstays, measuring in at 438mm. There’s also a XXL size on the aluminium frame, so if you’re approaching 2m in height Scott definitely has you covered. You’d expect to see some performance-oriented details too and for a bike at this price the Scale 965 doesn’t disappoint. The tidy cowled dropouts not only allow the rear hub to drop effortlessly into place, but the 148mm thru-axle frame spacing opens up numerous options when it’s time for a wheel upgrade. The bridge-less seat stays are curved and long, increasing compliance but we did occasionally clip our heals on the equally wide chainstays. All cables and the rear brake hose are internally routed, with securely clamped frame ports for a …Continue reading »
Fast, quiet, composed ride
No tubeless-ready tyres
Dec 2022 · Henry Quinney
The top-end HMX-SL frame sheds 22 grams compared to the outgoing model, to achieve a claimed weight of 847 g.
Dec 2022 · Alex Evans
The Scale is a fast-paced XC hardtail with performance that reaches beyond the traditional racing remit
Fun, fast and agile
Impressive frame construction
Lack of dropper post limits scope
The new Scott Scale HMX SL sheds as many metal inserts and parts as possible to save grams, and reinvents how a frame is made in the process.
Scale RC Carbon / IMP Technology / HMF BB92 / SW dropouts for Boost 12x148mm SDS2 advanced Shock & Standing Damping System ICCR Cable routing
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded
RockShox SID SL RL Air 15x110mm Maxle Stealth / 44mm offset / Tapered steerer Lockout / Reb. Adj. / 100mm travel
Spring Type: Air
Shimano SM-BB71-41A / shell 41x92mm
Syncros Pro Drop in / Tapered 1.5"-1 1/8" Bearing diameter size 42mm and 52mm
Syncros XR1.5 -8° Integrated Spacer & Top Cap 2014 Alloy / 31.8mm / 1 1/8"
Syncros Fraser 1.5 / Alloy 7050 D.B. T shape Flat / 9° / 740mm Syncros Pro lock-on grips
Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 CRMO rails
Syncros Duncan 1.5 / 10mm offset 31.6x400mm
Shimano XT RD-M8100 SGS Shadow Plus / 12 Speed
Shimano XT FC-M8100-1 / Hollowtech 2 32T
Shimano XT SL-M8100-IR / Rapidfire Plus Ispec EV clamp
Shimano XT CS-M8100-12 / 10-51 T
Shimano XT M8100 Disc
Type: Hydraulic Disc
Syncros Silverton 2.0 6 Bolt F: 15x110mm, R: 12x148mm 25mm Tubeless ready rim / 28H / Micro Spline Syncros Axle w/Removable Lever with Tool
Front: Schwalbe Racing Ray 29x2.25" EVO Super Ground / TLE / 67EPI / Addix Speed Grip, Rear: Schwalbe Racing Ray 29x2.25" EVO Super Ground / TLE / 67EPI / Addix Speed Grip
Shimano SM-RT76 / 6 Bolt / 180/F and 160/R