Riding On Nino Time
Spoiler alert: This bike totally rips it up. We’ll tell you more, but so many things come together perfectly on the Scott Scale 710 that the result is a carbon fiber
hardtail that has plenty of crewers questioning the need for
suspension when cross-country racing or trail riding.
WHO IT IS MADE FOR?
This is a cross-country race bike, first and foremost. Job
one is being number one. Still, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t
be pressed into service for trail riding on the majority of
multi-use trails. While competitive cross-country race bikes,
especially hardtails, often punish their riders, Scott has
equipped the Scale 710 with a few features that make it far
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The frame is made from Scott’s carbon fiber using CR1
and IMP Technologies. These two, separate processes
result in what Scott feels is the lightest, strongest and most
consistent-performing carbon fiber they have ever produced.
You get a direct-mount front derailleur, an interchangeable
dropout system (with a 142x12-millimeter axle), a tapered
head tube, oversized bottom bracket shell, and Scott’s Shock
Damping System stays, which have a shape all their own.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
We are so glad Scott didn’t make the Scale 710 a
Nino Schurter replica. Nino, the guy who won a World
Championship on a similar bike, uses a mix of Eurocentric
components that would have limited the bike’s application to
racing only and doubled the price. Instead, the 710 has a Fox
fork with Scott’s own remote lever for the CTD operation,
Shimano XT 2x10 drivetrain, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires,
and a smattering of Scott-owned Syncros components.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
The setup: The rims are tubeless-ready, so we pulled the
tubes, poured in the Stan’s and ran the bike tubeless. After
setting the fork sag to 20 percent and adjusting the external
rebound to suit our preferences, we were ready to roll. Oh,
the simplicity of hardtails.
Out of the gate: The flat bar, negative-rise stem, long top
tube and slackish seat tube put the rider in an aggressive,
flat-backed position with his weight toward the back half of
the bike. It is a position that says this is not going to be a
Acceleration: Amazing. The Scale 710 jumps out of the
blocks with a burst of speed that will have the rider believing
he magically lost 5 pounds. The Rocket Ron tires and 27.5-
inch wheels matched with a 2x10 drivetrain connect all the
dots. In the saddle or out, the bike shoots forward with
every rotation of the crankarms.
Cornering: Scott has already nailed the geometry on the
27.5-inch-wheeled Scale 710—and this is Scott’s first effort.
The bike is quick without being nervous. It has well-defined
counter steering that makes leaning the bike into fast
corners a calm and confident maneuver.
Climbing: You can expect to set your personal best on
pretty much every climb on your regular loops. A bike with
rear suspension might have an edge on rocky, loose climbs,
but it wouldn’t be much of an edge. Find a gear and motor
away in or out of the saddle. There is plenty of traction at
the rear tire, and the rear triangle has enough compliance to
take the bite out of hard edges.
Descending: While we raved about the acceleration and
pedaling performance of the Scale 710, it is when it’s pointed
downhill that this thing really takes off. We found ourselves
laughing the first time we hit familiar descents. The bike
hits warp speed so fast that it will catch you by surprise.