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  1. #1
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    Scott Scale 720 first impressions

    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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    Good stuff Dean,
    I got so wrapped up in the wheel size dilemma it took me ages to decide.
    The stubborn part of my brain decided I was a 26" all the way man plus when I stood next to a 29er it looked like I had stolen my dads bike, that was until I tried a 650b and now I am smitten. I have a 760 custom spark and the platform is phenomenal, as you say the traction in technical climbs is awesome, me with a spongy too. The red route climb at innerleithen was tough but hey, I made it. Be warned though, it has bitten me a couple of times on descents, if you get your lines right and carry speed through the corners it is sometimes easy to forget what speed you are doing.
    I wish you luck on race day.

  3. #3
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    The Scale 720 is a fantastic bike, very fast, very focused - but to really enjoy it, it's worth making some upgrades. Changing the fork to a Rockshox SID RCT3 120mm has transformed the handling, the fork (which is pretty much the same length as the Fox Float 32 100mm) makes the bike feel far more direct, yet the extra travel comes into it's own when hitting the bigger stuff. Bars have been widened and the stem shorted further improving handling. I've moved to a 1x10 set up (inexpensive and easy upgrade and still delivers a very usable range of gears) and finally the brakes have been updated, but that's a personal thing as I don't like the feel of Shimano. OK - so the bike has changed a lot from the stock, but overall the frame is killer, geometry rocks and the 720 is a great, dialled bike (and there are some amazing deals about on them)

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    You and I are the same size but you have me beat by about 10 lbs...grrrr!
    What size frame did you go with on the 720? I'm assuming it was a Small.
    Did you have to make any adjustments to the cockpit or did you feel comfortable with the stock setup?


  5. #5
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    Sorry I haven't responded sooner. Just saw this.

    I have a size small. It gives me just enough standover, and I'm nice and stretched out. The stock stem was flipped to a negative rise and the spacers above.

    Fortunately, I don't have any back or knee issues and I was fitted by a Wobblenaught professional. I've kept the cockpit all stock.

    The only things I've changed was buy a lighter wheelset (Stan's Crest), and I'm in the process of converting to a 1x10 Wolftooth drivetrain.

    Nothing like a light, snappy hardtail to whip around the woods.

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