Scott bikes is an international brand that not only builds bikes but skis, running gear, and clothing and protection for motorsports.
Cyclists should know Scott through its sponsorship of the long-running, World Cup-dominating, Scott-SRAM mountain bike team of Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney. Racing is integral to their brand, though they use the insights gained there so everyday riders can up their performance. Also notable is Scott’s Contessa line, which designates women-specific bikes, where they tune the specs and adjust the colorways for the femmes.
Scott Mountain Bikes
Scott emerged in the MTB market through handlebars and shocks, then staked its claim in 1995: a full-carbon monocoque MTB with elevated chainstays and vertical flex to create a pivot-free suspension design. Since then, they’ve expanded in all directions, from entry-level hardtails to World Cup-ready downhill race bikes.
The Spark is Scott’s full-suspension, cross-country platform. They stick to carbon-fiber, and the same blend of carbon; the differences are in the builds. The current iteration features a hidden rear shock, stowed in the seat tube and accessed under the downtube. It reduces weight and lateral flex while giving more room for tires.
Genius is how to describe the TwinLoc suspension system on Scott’s trail bike. It’s a handlebar-mounted remote with three settings downhill, traction control, and lockout. Each setting changes the geometry and travel of the rear shock to maximize efficiency for the moment. The Genius can also switch from 29” wheels to 27.5” with the flipping of chips.
Scott Road Bikes
Scott changed the road bike game in 2007 with the Addict, a 790g frame that could easily be turned into a 5.9kg bike. They’ve been pushing the light envelope ever since. On the other end of the spectrum is the Scott alloy Speedster, which uses aluminum to bring the cost down and accessibility up.
The Addict ushered in the era of sub-800g road frames. Fifteen years in, they’ve added aerodynamic shapes to their svelte climber and adjusted the geometry to favor stability. The comfortable manners are great for all-day rides. For those who want a more aggressive ride, the Aero Road Foil is the ticket. Known for being remarkably comfortable for an aero bike, the Road Foil proved itself with a win at Paris-Roubaix.
Scott has been cutting edge with their Plasma for years. The shapes have been getting longer and cleaner. With the Plasma 5, they used on-bike storage to lower drag. With the Plasma 6, they’re hiding the storage systems within the frame.
Scott Gravel Bikes
Scott’s gravel offerings began with the Addict CX, a cyclocross-oriented Addict. They’ve been tweaking the geometry over the years, and recently decided to focus on gravel, which meant they increased tire clearance and BB drop. They also christened the Scott Speedster, a gravel rig with the same geometry as the Addict, just with an aluminum frame.