The Scott Scale 970 is the only bike from a world cup level brand at this price to be fully equipped with a SRAM Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and Rockshox fork. Combine the light alloy frame, wide-range drivetrain, and top-notch cockpit and trim, and the Scott Scale clearly punches well above its weight.
Under the radar: The Maxxis Recon Tires are sticky grippers! Lots of companies skimp with house brand or off-label tires – something a rider won’t notice until it’s time to spend $100+ to upgrade to real grippers!
The Bottom Line: The undisputed champion of hardtail mountain bikes.