Lighter, much less steel, extra carbon: the race-ready Scott Scale RC will get a brand new yr replace

Get able to race! The Scott Scale RC hardtail cross-country mountain bike will get a refresh for 2023

The Scott Scale RC has been an everyday fixture on cross-country World Cup and World Champion podiums, piloted to victory by the one and solely Nino Schurter. With the upcoming UCI World Championships in Scotland in 2023, it’s no shock then that Scott has up to date its quickest XC hardtail bike.

Must know:

  • Value TBC
  • Adjustable head angle
  • Geometry knowledgeable by Scott Spark RC full-sus XC bike
  • Three-piece carbon mould building
  • {Hardware} weight almost halved, utilizing polymer to supply varied plugs and mounts
  • Hole dropout is a claimed 7.5g lighter
  • New ‘service door’ in downtube to entry inner routing
  • 24 fashions within the Scale vary, together with Contessa ladies’s fashions

Scott Scale RC geometry

As XC programs have turn into more and more technical, bikes have advanced to match. Lots of riders at the moment go for a full-sus bike with dropper seat submit for some if not all programs, since they provide suspension and geometry extra suited to the larger drops, jumps and options that at the moment are commonplace.

It’s no shock then that the Scale has its new geometry knowledgeable by the Scott Spark RC, Scott’s high-performance XC full-sus bike, although tailored to swimsuit a hardtail.

Head angle may also be adjusted by 0.6 levels by disassembling the built-in handlebar, rotating the headset cups 180 levels, then reassembling the system. This enables for the pinnacle angle to be made steeper or slacker with out having to chop cables or bleed brakes.

Body engineering and design

It’ll come as no shock that the Scott Scale RC is predicated round a premium carbon body. Scott has opted to make use of monocoque building with a mix of carbon fibres particular to every part of the bike. This course of means the bike consists of solely three separate segments which are then bonded collectively.

This decrease variety of items interprets into fewer joins or junction, which in flip means much less materials wanted and due to this fact much less weight and better power.

Cable are routed internally, and Scott has included a ‘service door’ which lies behind the downtube protector to permit simpler entry contained in the body for upkeep.

Important weight reduction

Talking of much less weight, that – unsurprisingly, since that is an XC race bike – is without doubt one of the main promoting factors for this newly up to date Scott Scale RC.

Along with the brand new body building talked about above, there are a number of different engineering and design parts which have additional shaved weight over the earlier incarnation of the Scale RC.

There are three body choices for the Scale RC: the HMF, the HMX and the premium HMX-SL.

On these bikes, the dropout has a hole building which permits the axle head to clamp towards the inside floor of the dropout. This, Scott claims, shaves off 7.5g of weight, and permits for a narrower rear triangle space which ends up in an additional 20g weight discount.

As well as, Scott has managed to shave weight on the {hardware} that’s half and parcel of motorcycle building, and so they’ve achieved this by lowering the variety of steel elements used and swapping them out for polymer parts the place doable. For instance, the chain information, cable routing elements and bottle cage inserts.

In additional element, the bottle cage inserts are constructed from polymer, and are plugged fully sitting flush with the body because of an built-in clipping mechanism. This designed strategy additionally means they’re simply replaceable in case of a broken thread, and don’t want further instruments.

Scott claims this implies a discount of just about half – from 82g to 35g – within the {hardware} weight within the HMX-SL mannequin in comparison with the outdated Scott Scale RC.

New handlebars

The Scale additionally comes with new Syncros Fraser iC combo built-in handlebar. It’s designed to permit cables to take a seat underneath the bar and across the facet of the stem, then enter the body by way of the headset, with built-in plastic parts.

24 fashions within the up to date Scott Scale vary

Clearly we’ve focussed totally on the flagship Scott Scale RC SL above, the super-lightweight race-ready arduous tail that’s seemingly going to make an look or two (or extra) within the upcoming World Cup season.

Nonetheless, there are a whopping 24 fashions throughout the entire vary, various in value, spec and focus, together with 4 Scott Contessa Scale ladies’s particular fashions.

Value, spec and which fashions can be found with fluctuate territory to territory.