Also posted on the 27.5 forum:
Just purchased a Scott Scale 720 race bike and took her on the maiden ride today.
At 5-4/135 lbs. and short legs, a 29er was out of the question (no standover on any model I tested). Even if I had standover, getting the cockpit right (I prefer a race-oriented flat-back position) would've been impossible.
So 27.5 or another 26er were the only options. I came from a Turner Nitrous and really loved that bike until cracking the frame last month.
This is my first carbon bike and I can't get over how compliant the ride is. It's really about as plush as the 3'' travel Nitrous. And with the bigger wheels, you truly point it and it rolls over crap I used to have to unweight over or get bounced offline. It's a pretty powerful feeling in the woods. The steering is confident, but I need to shorten the bars; it's not nearly as quick as I like and I was skimming tree bark occasionally.
Probably the most impressive quality is climbing traction. Technical low speed rocky steeps are now much easier to clean, even in a super low gear. And it takes less effort.
Can't wait to race this rig. I'm sold on the 27.5 platform.
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