Electric feel for the bike park
The Voltage is the go-to bike in Scott’s lineup for all things gravity. Whether it’s laps in a bike park, gravity racing or any trail that points down something steep and technical, the
Voltage is designed to handle it. It’s like the little brother to Scott’s
full-on race platform, the Gambler, with a shorter wheelbase,
slightly less travel, and tighter and more nimble geometry.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Voltage is not a lesser gravity bike than the full-tilt Gambler.
Rather, it’s designed for a different kind of rider, one who wants
the confidence of a long-travel machine without the Velcroed-to-the-ground feeling most downhill race bikes have. The Voltage
is designed to be more playful on the trails, making it the better
choice for a rider who’s more concerned with having a blast riding
tough, technical trails and boosting jumps than about shaving seconds off split times.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Voltage is designed around 27.5-inch wheels and built from
burly and stiff aluminum tubes. The bike is also built with plenty of
adjustability in mind, including an adjustable wheelbase via Scott’s
IDS-X dropouts that allow for 26-inch wheels. The bike ships with
three different headset cup sets, allowing the rider to adjust the
head angle plus or minus up to 2 degrees in single-degree increments and also features an adjustment between 170 and 190 millimeters of travel via two different shock mounts on the one-piece
aluminum rocker. The bike offers all the modern amenities, including a tapered head tube, threaded 73-millimeter bottom bracket
and internal cable routing throughout.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Scott puts its money in places where it really matters, such as
the top-end Fox 36 fork and DHX shock, and a plenty powerful
and effective Shimano XT brake set. Scott then skimps a little on
parts a gravity rider won’t notice as much—such as burly Syncros
rims laced to Formula hubs and a midrange SRAM X7 shifter—to
keep the overall price in check. Scott knows the Voltage rider
will be putting this bike through some seriously abusive rides, so
it stacks the components where they matter and saves the rider
money on more disposable items. It’s not a single component that
stands out; it’s the smart mix Scott chose that impressed us most.