Another gem from last week’s PressCamp event was the new Scott Scale 29 carbon that utilizes the entirely-new frame construction and carbon layup. This frame hits the scales at 949 grams, which likely makes it the lightest full-carbon 29er on the market today.
On the heels of the success of the 2010 Scale 29, the full-carbon rides will be available in two trim levels starting at a wallet-friendly $2499 for the Scale 29 Pro. Three aluminum models will be offered with the entry-level Scale 29 Comp coming in at $949.
Notably, the construction of the new Scale framesets makes for a stiff, light and compliant ride. With Scott’s legendary carbon fiber capabilities, the new frames look great and a quick lap on the Scale 26 (dubbed the 899 launch bike) yielded a compliant but responsive ride. Unfortunately, the lone Scale 29 (pictured below) was unavailable for riding.
My bets are on the Scale 29 Pro model to be one hot-selling bike once it hits showrooms this Fall. The specs are solid with a lot to offer for the money. The above photos are of the RC model ($6299), but the Pro’s specs are below. I think you’ll agree with me that the Pro will be hard to beat at its price.
2011 Scott Scale 29 Pro Features:
- New IMP3 carbon fiber technology
- Internal cable routing for a clean look
- Tapered head tube for added stiffness
- Stiffer, yet more vertically-compliant rear triangle
- Chainstay-mounted rear brake
- BBPF30 bottom-bracket design
- RockShox Reba 29 SL fork with 100mm travel
- Mixture of SRAM X9, X7 and Shimano SLX trivetrain
- DT Swiss 485d wheelset
- Avid Elixir 5 brakes
- Scott cockpit parts
- MSRP: $2499