Details of 2005 bike ranges are coming through thick and fast now. Here’s Scott’s offerings.
We reported on Scott’s CR1 carbon fibre technology a little while back. There’ll be three short-travel Genius RC carbon bikes and three longer-travel Genius MCs. This is the RC10, fully loaded with Fox Forx and XTR, dusting the scales at 11kg (24.2lb) and hitting your wallet to the tune of £3,799. And this isn’t the top of the range – the RC Limited comes in at £4,199. The extra buys you a bunch of carbon finishing kit (and some V-brakes) to knock another pound and a bit off.
Enduro fans will want to look at the MC CR1 bikes, starting at £2,499 for the Fox/LX MC20 and topping out at the £3,999 MC Limited with XTR, CrossMax wheels and all the rest of it. Framesets are also available in RC and MC flavours.
While the high-end Genius models go to a carbon fibre mainframe, the RC30 and MC30, 40 and 50 stick with aluminium. The entry-level Genius bike is the MC50. A Manitou Black fork complements the 125mm of rear travel while brakes and transmission are drawn variously from Deore, LX and XT. £1,499 is the asking price.
We’ve seen the Scale carbon fibre hardtail, but the Scale name is applied to the whole XC hardtail range for 2005 replacing names like “Expert Racing”. Scales 10, 20 and 30 use the 970g CR1 frame – the LX-equipped £1,599, 23lb Scale 30 is the cheapest carbon bike – while the 40, 50 and 60 use a new aluminium frame with funky detailing like the hydroformed top tube.
The women’s Contessa range now features five hardtails with Scott’s Solution geometry. The frames share the hydroformed tube profiles with Scott’s other hardtails. The range runs from the £239 Contessa 50 to this, the Contessa 10. £799 gets you a Manitou Axel Comp Diva fork and LX/XT groupset mix.
The Contessa range tops out with the £1,749 Genius Contessa, marrying a 90mm travel version of Scott’s Genius rear end to a revised-geometry front triangle. It’ll come with a RockShox Reba fork and XT bits.
For big hitters, the Nitrous bikes offer a selection of beefy 6 or 7in rear travel single pivot bikes with 1.5in-ready frames, big forks and all that stuff. Entry level is the Nitrous 30, with a Manitou Stance Blunt fork, Hayes brakes and LX whirly bits at £1,249.
If that’s not burly enough then take a look at the High Octane bikes. This is the High Octane 1, which runs an unashamedly DH spec – Boxxer Team fork, Race Face Diabolus cranks, chain guide, Fox DHX shock etc. Everything on the frame is adjustable – travel/BB height, head angle, seat mast. £2,799 is the going rate. If you’re on more of a budget then the High Octane 2 looks like a steal – same frame, Manitou Stance Kingpin fork and twin ring plus bashguard setup for £1,879.
New to the “Progressive” range is a pair of low-fat freeriders. Manitou Swinger air shocks and a slimmed-down spec mean that the Nitrous SL11 and 22 maintain up to 6in front/7in rear travel but drop about 5lb in weight compared to the other Nitrouses. That still puts them in the 31-33lb range but that’s not crazy for a big-travel bike. The SL11 seen here is £2,499 with a Manitou Nixon fork and XT gubbinses.
Scott’s kids’ bikes are particularly cool-looking, including the 12in wheel Radical 120 (at the front) and race-replica style MTBs with 20 and 24in wheels.
As well as this lot, Scott has road bikes, flat-bar road bikes, city bikes, “sport utility bikes” and all sorts of other stuff. Full details of the whole range are on www.scottusa.com