Cthehoosing the right budget level is quite easy with Scott bikes, because each competitive level bike has its own name and for each bike the entry level bike has the highest number and the top-level competitive bike has the lowest number. So for instance the Scott Scale 80 is an entry-level MTB race bike and the Scale 10 is the top bike in that model.
We hope you find this guide useful.
As you might expect the differences between the models is mainly to specifications of the components and the most basic change is in the frame, with the Scott Scale 80 constructed with an alloy frame and this is used all the way through to the Scott Scale 40, but then with the 35 and upwards a carbon frame is used.
Also you will find that the weight of the various models decreases generally as you pay more starting at 12.5 kg and with the scale 10 at a much lower 9.3 kg.
In a similar way to the hard tail bikes this range changes the level of specification as you pay more. Alloy frames change to carbon frames when you get to the Scott Spark 35.
At the top of the range the Scott engineers use their newest technology in carbon frame production with a single step process to produce the top tube, head tube and down tube. This gives a unique weight to stiffness ratio.
As with the other mountain bikes from Scott the Genius is available in both Alloy and Carbon frames, with the Genius 30 model being the first of the carbon framed bikes.
Prices for the Scott Genius range from around £1700 for the Genius 60 up to £4000 for the Genius 10. There is also a Limited model.
There are a variety of specifications in the Voltage YZ range for whatever rides you take part in, these bikes are all between a price of around £300 and £500. At the top of the range there are some more specialised single speed bikes: the 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and the Limited model.
As you move up the range changes are progressively in the drivetrain, fork, brakes, rims and tyres as you might expect; for instance the Scott Voltage YZ 15 uses Shimano Alivio derailleurs with Tektro Acera brakes and an RST Fork.
These bikes are just one step below the very top professional bikes used in the Tour and while having excellent lateral stiffness they have also been designed to be more comfortable than pure race bikes. This is partly a result of Scott using their own shock damping system on their seat stays and the fork.
The riding position geometry has also been designed to give a somewhat more comfortable position than a pure race frame.
These bikes are designed to be light and efficient, using established geometry to give great road handling, while also providing reasonable comfort.
The Scott Speedster range uses alloy frames, with the technical specifications of the drivetrain the brakes and the hubs increasing as you move up the range. Carbon components also play their part with the handlebars and the seatpost in the top models.
As you might expect these are all carbon bikes with an amazingly light frame weighing around 800 g. The differences between the models are as usual in the drivetrain, so for instance the Scott Addict R1 uses DuraAce components, including the braking system.
The range comes with significant pedigree having been used for climbing, sprinting and high-speed descents by Team Columbia and as such, it is also a bike that is very well known to Mark Cavendish !