The latest entrant in the enduro racing game has arrived with the release of the new Scott Ransom. Available in 29er and 27.5, the Scott Ransom has 170mm of travel front and rear with TwinLoc suspension system, modern progressive geometry, and it weighs just 5.84 pounds for frame, shock, and hardware (size medium).
When designing the Scott Ransom, speed was a topic that was always at the forefront of the discussion. What can be done to make sure that this bike will not only be fast, but also to make sure that it performs at speed? In addition to carbon construction, several details were put into place to make sure that you can forget about the bike as you fly down the mountain. Press play to learn more.
For a bike of the Scott Ransom’s nature, they wanted to make sure that they had suspension to match. So Scott worked with Fox to develop the new Scott Fox Nude TR. This shock benefits from all the advantages of Scott’s TwinLoc Suspension System, and in addition allows you to choose how progressive your shock is on the fly. No need to add or remove tokens or spacers, just flip a switch and go from a more linear to a more progressive.
A more progressive shock will offer more support towards the end of travel, and is harder to bottom out. These settings are really linked to riding speed. When it is wet, techy, or when impacts are small and riding tends to be slower, one might favor the more linear setting. When the conditions are dry and fast, or when bigger impacts are in play (jumps for instance), then the progressive mode is ideal.
Some would argue that TwinLoc has no place on an enduro bike, but Scott firmly stands by the technology. “While we also find the TwinLoc Suspension System on our XC and Trail bikes, it is just as important on a long travel All Mountain/Enduro bike,” Scott explained. “Firstly, for big days out in the mountains, you can never be quite sure what you’ll encounter. While a 170mm MTB is great for descending, it needs to be a good climber if you’re going to enjoy the full day. The Ransom can climb perfectly well in Descend mode, but with the flick of the thumb, it performs with the efficiency of a lightweight XC bike – this is invaluable for saving energy throughout the day.”
Switching into Traction Control mode also changes the dynamic geometry of the bike, raising the BB and putting you into a more comfortable climbing position. Traction control makes the bike more agile and nimble. This is ideal for quick accelerations or sudden changes in the trail that force you to put the hammer down, whether mid all-day epic, or mid race. Should you encounter and steep gravel climbs, or smooth riding between trailheads, throw it into our Lockout mode to make sure you’re getting the most out of each pedal stroke.
And similar to the Genius, the Scott Ransom can fit both wheel sizes on the same frame. Switching from 29er to 27.5 is easy, just flip a chip on the linkage, swap the wheels and you’re good to go. And you can fit up to a 2.6 tire in the 29er setting, or a 2.8” in the 27.5 option. Key metrics include a 64.5 or 65-degree headtube angle depending on BB setting, 75-degree seat tube angle, 436mm chainstays size large, 472mm reach size large. Press play to see the new Scott Ransom in action.
Using their EvoLap Carbon technology, they were able to design a frame, shock and hardware combo that weighs in at just 2650g, while also managing to make their strongest carbon frame to date.
Finally, in conjunction with the Scott Ransom release, for 2019 they’ve expanded their lightweight Hixon integrated bar and stem combo that debuted on the Genius to include a wider and higher rise for the extra demands of the All-Mountain / Enduro rider.
There are 5 models of Ransom available, including the full carbon Tuned in both 27.5 and 29er options, a hybrid version with a carbon front triangle and alloy rear end (the 910), and two full alloy models, the 920/720 and 930.
For more info on the new Scott Ransom head over to www.scott-sports.com.