Scott Contessa

You’ve Got Your Own MTB Now, Lady

There’s a wonderful old song from the sixties – created by an Australian group – The Mixtures where a guy sees a lady on a bike and acts accordingly.   I thought of this song when reviewing the Scott
Contessa 30 – a lady’s bike, just ideal for the beginner.

With its great little frame, the Contessa is a little cutie, a fun, nimble, hardtail which would inspire the rider to greater things.

It’s a lovely looking bike and a good performer even for its virtually budget price ($680).

Scott Contessa is can ideal bike for the beginner.  It is designed to enhance the poise of the rider even on the trickier technical steps and climbs.

Extra slim grips makes for an easier grip and the saddle, so very comfy.

Scott has created a bike in which the testers told me they felt completely at ease.

On the negative side, the tester complained of the basic fork and V-brakes which did not provide enough stopping power. On a quality product such as Scott Bikes, the tester expected better.

On the whole, the Scott Contessa fared very well and despite the minor setbacks, rated well.

Scott Scale 50

A Great Ride

The Scott Scale 50 has been praised for its value and for a price range in the USD$1200-1300, it is indeed.

A nice, light-framed bike, the Scale 50p takes the uphill climbs with speed and ease.   The stopping power is really good and the brake levers are designed even for the smaller hands.  Another critic was not as lavish in praise, claiming huge hands with the levers just not right for his needs.

The Scale 50 is a tough bike and takes hard hits with no problem.  You have here, an attractive bike.

One rider in an assessment of the Scott Scale 50 described the bike as being ’not quite as well spec ‘d as a racing bike’.

For entry-level SC riders, the Scott Scale 50 is ideal and better suited for their needs.

On the down side, we mentioned the disparity of the brake levers – there need to be a happy medium to suit the varying sizes of hands.

Another problem seemed to be the fork and the stock spring (too hard).   A last comment was that the frame was just begging to be upgraded.   Yet, Scott Bikes would still be that rider’s choice.

All in all an awesome, brilliant bike.

Scott Scale 40

This is a great, fast and light bike and anyone looking for a serious MTB is in for a treat.  One critic described the Scale 40 as a bike which would allow one to grow in the sport.   It has a solid aluminium frame and a smooth fork – “overall it’s a great bike,” reported one satisfied rider.

The Scott Scale 40 and has a choice of frames to suit the size and weight of the rider.

We have here, a nice manoeuvrable bike which is surprisingly comfy.

Looking for a hardtail XC bike that has quality components and is relatively light, well, the Scott Scale 40 fits the bill in this regard.

Your Scott Scale 40 has a strong frame and according to another rider, “a take anywhere little beauty.”

On the down side, the main complaint seems to be about the paintwork.  “Paper thin, chips easily,” said one rider.  Another was dissatisfied with the seat as being too hard.  Another problem seemed to be the rims on some of the bikes reviewed, which buckled easily.

Of course, these problems are easily overcome and it’s loved by converted ‘roadies’.

So!  If you’re aiming for a good MTB workbike.  Go for the Scott Scale 40.

Scott Voltage


Words of praise ranging from super stuff to I love this bike, is the lot of the Scott Voltage.

The Voltage sits low and one rider described it as being great for manuals.

Voltage is another one of those magnificent trail bikes from the Scott family of mountain bikes.

Another one of those wonderful Swiss-designed mountain bikes, the Voltage is certainly a bike worth a look at and a trial trail ride.

An overseas colleague was trying out the Voltage FR10 and lauded its capabilities.  He claimed that the FR10 had more than the capability of taking on the most of the trails he rode, specifically the jump-based trails.

Like most machines, the Voltage has its pros and cons.   One critic described it “as an easily adjustable, affordable park bike that can handle the nasty stuff.”  On the cons side, he wanted to see a longer travel fork option.

Now A New Little Brother

Scott has added a new family member – this time it’s the Voltage 24 – 24 inch wheels – a version designed for the kids and smaller adults.

Don’t write it off as a kid-sized easy rider machine.  It isn’t.  The Voltage 24 can take the toughest of abuse.

The little bro should already be launched and next time you front up at a trade show – give it a look-see.  Schwalbe tires and disc brakes plus its solid build will put Voltage 24 on the winner’s dais.

Scott Genius


The Scott Genius comes with so many gadgets that it would take a bike savvy rider to master them all.

The Genius 20 is a trail Mountain Bike, carbon-framed of course with a steady feather light performance.

Scott Bikes has ameliorated the 2010 model offering a handlebar-mounted Twinloc lever system which controls the rear shocks and front wheel fork. Riders love this and thus it makes the long-haul trail riding effortless.

For many years, trail bike riders were denied access to the Scott Genius over a legal issue and once that was realised, it was the price which was not cost effective – that’s now been resolved to some extent.

Capable riders are going to find the Scott Genius ideal for their favorite – and not so favorite trails and do it with the ease and capability of other good brand name trail bikes.

With 2010 coming to a close, it’s time to ring in the new and for  2010 Scott has launched its Genius LT – long travel – version of the current Genius Trail Bike.

Lots of good things have been said about the genius and the very name of Scott Bikes is one that good riders associate with top of the trail cycles.


Scott CR1


Not my words, but those of a professional team racer, looking for speed, comfort and durability.  He found it in his Scott CR1.

This is a full carbon-framed cycle; the stuff top bikes are made from.  The CR1 is one of the lightest.  I’d do as far to say that the CR1 is super light and super stable as well.

It is the handling capability which has the riders and reviewers raving.  For such a light machine, the Scott CR1 does handle super-well

Scott CR1 riders are pleased with what a lot describe as a super finish with evidence of the carbon wave – transfers (decals) are not over the top and mix with the finish well.

For a machine that has packaged beauty and functionability, it is the Scott SR1 which delivers.

Pros: Quick and stable handling.

Cons: One rider was not pleased with the derailleur (the mechanism on a bicycle used to move the chain from one sprocket (gear) to another) hangar was not pretty and another preferred a lifetime warrantee (As offered by two other companies) over the three-year frame warrantee on offer.

In a nutshell – simply stated.  The Scott CR1 is: “Built to ride”.