Scott Voltage FR 710 - Review

May 19, 2015
by Paul Aston  
 
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Scott Voltage FR 710 Review

Scott have taken their popular bike park shredder, occasional WC downhill racer, and worldwide rental machine back to the drawing board for 2015. Scott's Voltage was one of the first responses to the divergent evolution between a true DH racing bike and a bike park freerider, and the latest version, the Voltage FR 710, further defines the genre, boasting vastly improved stiffness, options for either 26 or 27.5-inch wheels, a wide range of chassis adjustability, and a larger size option. With Enduro bikes creeping into territory that was once exclusive to gravity machinery, the absence of a dual-crown fork on the new Voltage should not be cause for concern, but admittedly, its 180-millimeter stroke, single-crown Fox 36 further blurs those boundaries. Thankfully, Scott retained the adjustable geometry of its predecessor. With the Voltage's adjustable head tube angle, suspension travel, and wheelbase, owners who desire greater separation from rank and file all-mountain riders can match the brutal numbers of Scott's Gambler World Cup DH chassis.

Three build levels of the Voltage are offered, ranging from $4249 USD for our top-level 710 test bike, to a more affordable, $2249 for the base model. Customers who pop for the FR 710 should not anticipate the need to upgrade its components. Our test bike had Kashima coated Fox suspension, with a true-to-gravity, RC4 coil-over shock. Brakes were Shimano XT with 203mm rotors, the transmission was all SRAM, and the components were Syncros - and it rolled on the DH racer's rubber of choice: Schwalbe Magic Marys with SuperGravity casings. Scott seems to have hit the mark. Their latest Voltage promises to be much more playful in a park setting, but with a build that does not shy from the mountain's largest features.




Voltage FR 710 Details:

• Intended use: Freeride/Downhill
• Chassis: Welded aluminum, single-pivot swingarm/linkage-driven suspension, adjustable travel, wheelbase and geometry
• Wheel size: 27.5" or 26"
• Rear-wheel travel: 170 or190mm
• Head angle: 62° to 66°
• Rear axle: 10 x 135mm or 12 x 135mm
• Fork: Fox 36 Air RC2, 180mm, Kashima (will accept 200mm-travel dual-crown forks)
• Shock: Fox DHX RC4 Coil, Kashima
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Claimed Weight: 35.27lb (size L, w/o pedals)
• MSRP: $4,250 USD
• Contact: Scott Sports




Construction

One key feature of the Voltage has been its adjustability. The old Voltage's travel could be dropped as low as 130mm (with a shock change) and up to 180mm. The new version can be toggled between 170mm or 190mm. The Voltage features a straight, 1.5" head tube, which gives a range of 62 to 66 degrees with the Syncros angled headset cups provided. This means that the Voltage can be as slack as the Gambler - or nearly as steep as the Genius LT. The wheelbase is adjustable via the rear dropouts between 410mm and 425mm, although the shorter setting can only be used with a 26" rear wheel.

When reviving the Scott Voltage, the engineers' main focus was increasing the frame's stiffness and durability. The previous version struggled with 'scissoring' at the rear wheel. The two sides of the rear triangle and linkage were bolted together, which reportedly, let the swingarm wind up when the wheel was side loaded. Some actually modified the separate swing links in various ways to boost rigidity. To improve this, Scott have introduced a one-piece link - a welded brace between the seat stays and also adopted the proven, eccentric/conic IDS-X dropouts from the Gambler. They have also increased the size of all bearings and pivots to add even more stiffness and longevity to the pivot locations.

Scott Voltage FR 710 - Rear brake
Chainstay length is adjustable between 410mm and 425mm, but only if you downsize to 26" wheels. Clearance issues dictate that 27.5" wheels use the 425mm option.
Scott Voltage FR 710 - Dropouts
The Voltage FR has two different rear dropout options: a 10mm x 135mm dropout for bolt-on and quick-release hubs, and there is an IDS-X Dropout for 12mm x 135mm rear axles.

The Cable routing is all external, barring the gear cable that runs inside the seat stay. Scott say this will keep the dérailleur housing safe from chain slap suffered during a long season in a bike park. Its low bottom bracket is moderated by short, 165mm cranks help with pedal clearance. Bike park riders shouldn't be needing the extra leverage of longer crank arms, but if you plan on racing your Voltage, it could become an issue.


Scott Voltage FR 710 - Seatube
Clevis-type pivot locations and larger bearings throughout boosts the Voltage FR's durability.
Scott Voltage FR 710 - Shock with aftermarket Ti-Spring
New Voltage frames have a one-piece welded rocker link that keeps the rear wheel lined up with the chassis.


Suspension and Geometry

Bred in the depths of the Swiss Valais, Champery and Chatel Bike park, between the legs of Nico Vink and Ben Walker, Scott had the opportunity to develop the new Voltage to handle a variety of terrain. The versatile Voltage can be used for a multitude of sins. You could rake it out and use it as a downhill racer, (Floriane Pugin won her first World Cup on Voltage in 2011), or drop the travel, set it steep, and ride park and slopestyle. For slopestyle, Scott suggests that you drop in a pair of 26" wheels, but I feel that people buying a complete bike with 27.5" hoops aren't going to be dropping a set of little wheels in very often, if ever.

There are three sizes to choose from, and all share the same seat tube length and stand-over height. Our large size test bike had a 64 degree head angle as standard, but is supplied with a variety of Syncros angled cups to give two degrees, plus or minus, of adjustment. The bottom bracket height sits at 345mm, and the frame's reach is 445mm. The wheelbase is a generous 1225mm and would grow to over 1250mm using the slackest available head tube angle.

The Voltage's single-pivot swingarm and link driven shock offers adjustable travel via a flip-chip in the rocker link that toggles between 170mm and 190mm. The one-piece aluminum rocker drives a custom tuned FOX RC4 shock, The pairing gives a progressive rate for maximum control over large bumps and for absorbing big landings, but the progression curve is straight for predictability. Suspension characteristics are designed to feel similar between both travel settings, so you don't have to re-tune your shock or fiddle about with adjustments, should you want to switch back and forth between the two travel options.



Specifications
Price $4250
Travel 170mm / 190mm
Rear Shock FOX DHX RC4 Coil Kashima
Fork FOX 36 Air, RC2 180mm
Headset Syncros FR adjustable
Cassette SRAM PG-1050 / 11-36 T
Crankarms Truvativ Descendent 36t / 165mm
Chainguide E.thirteen LG-1 ISCG-05
Bottom Bracket Truvativ BB GXP / Shell 73mm
Chain KMC X10
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 / short cage / 10 Speed
Shifter Pods SRAM X7 / Trigger
Handlebar Syncros FR1.5 35mm / 780mm / 20mm Rise
Stem Syncros XM1.5 35mm / 50mm
Grips Syncros Pro DH dual lock-on grips
Brakes Shimano XT BR-M785 / 203mm
Hubs Formula DHL-92 / 110x20mm - Formula DCL-360 135x12mm
Spokes DT Swiss Champion / 2.0 black
Rim Syncros MD25 27.5 Disc / 32H
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5x2.35 VertStar / TrailStar / Triple Nano Compound / Supergravity
Seat Syncros XM2.0 / CrMo Rails
Seatpost Syncros FR2.0 / 31.6mm
Scott Voltage FR 710





Scott Voltage FR 710 - Hucking
Riding the
Voltage

bigquotesThe Voltage's progressive suspension is more than confidence inspiring on jumps. Never showing any signs of uncontrollable bucking, it absorbs the take-off's and gently sends you off the top.


The Voltage's progressive suspension is more than confidence inspiring on jumps. Never showing any signs of uncontrollable bucking, it absorbs the take-off's and gently sends you off the top. In the longer travel setting it's not going to give as much launch as something more progressive but it's ideal for cruising off floaty kickers in the park. If you need more boost, dropping down in to the shorter travel 170mm option absorbs less and will allow you to fly higher into the sky. When changing to the shorter travel setting I found myself needing a 50lbs lighter spring. The huge stand over height makes maneuvering easy. My long legs meant that I still had plenty of seatpost showing, but shorter, or more extreme riders will have plenty of room to play with.

Scott Voltage FR 710 - Schralping
The Voltage loves getting down low into berms.


Descending

The Voltage's super low, 345mm bottom bracket height quickly let me know when my feet were getting too close to stumps or rocks, and I was thankful for the e*thirteen bash guard on more than one occasion. Scott made a good choice there by specifying 165mm cranks to aid clearance when pedaling, and though it can be a nuisance, the low BB height adds great stability. With the BB center below the axles, the bike makes it easy to lean over and set into corners - especially long, fast berms. I stuck with the 64 degree head angle which was ample for the terrain I was riding. Throwing in the angled headset cups to take the Voltage down to 62 degrees at the business end provided even more confidence, but for the terrain I was riding, it wasn't needed. If I had a full bike park summer lined up, I would probably change to 63 degrees as a compromise, just to give me an edge when things started following the fall lines.

I noticed that the rear suspension was slightly compromised by braking effects due to the high, single-pivot suspension design, but knowing that, I found that it was easy to compensate for the stiffer feeling rear suspension by being more conscious of my braking points and line choices. The chain growth caused by the high pivot, makes the suspension less reactive on square edges and small bumps, more so with modern clutch derailleurs. When pumping the bike, the speed generated as the bike extends more than compensates for this downside in the park.

Scott Voltage FR 710 - Scrubbing

bigquotesThrowing in the angled headset cups to take the Voltage down to 62 degrees at the business end provided even more confidence, but for the terrain I was riding, it wasn't needed.


Technical Report

• Syncros Pro DH dual lock-on grips: These grips are super thin, of which I'm a fan, but even with the dual-compound design, they are hard and unforgiving on long days.

• Schwalbe Magic Marys: Perhaps the ultimate tire for downhill gnarl. The soft compound and heavy-duty casing seemed to take the edge of the Voltage's potential in the bike park. I swapped out to a pair of Maxxis High Rollers – decidedly less grip, but faster rolling and more playful.

• Syncros MD25 wheelset: We had a few issues with spokes coming loose on the rear wheel that required some re-truing, but they settled down after a few weeks.

• Shimano XT brakes: The XT brakes are my preferred set of stoppers - Huge power, reliability and lever feel.

• Cockpit bolts: A long-term frustration of mine is needing a full workshop to adjust the cockpit. Once upon a time we had Allen keys all round, until SRAM started using Torx keys. On the Voltage, Torx bits are needed for the Syncros stem and Allen keys for the controls - arrrghh!


Scott Voltage FR 710



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe Voltage sits in the awkward position between full-on downhill machines and modern, 160mm enduro sleds that can be pedaled and handle most downs. Compared to the monster that is the Gambler, this is certainly a lighter, simpler and more maneuverable machine - one that has the potential to tackle anything its DH brethren can, up to the level of World Cup racing speeds. I rode the Voltage on a multitude of terrain, from Portuguese bike parks and downhills, to wet Welsh slate senders, and it took everything I threw at it. Its real life purpose, though, is the bike park, where back to back summer seasons would have it fall into its stride. Safety, predictability and stability are the Voltage FR's staples. - Paul Aston




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About the Reviewer
The latest addition to the Pinkbike Technical team, Paul Aston is a racer and dirt-jumper at heart. Previously competing in World Cup DH, now he's attacking Enduro and has been since before it was fashionable. Based in the UK, but often found residing in mainland Europe allows him to experience a huge variety of terrains and trails.Stats: Age: 29 • Height: 6'1” • Ape Index: +4" • Weight: 161lb • Industry affiliations / sponsors: Rockwell Watches
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137 Comments

  • + 254
 a freeride bike?? WHAT IS THE SORCERY
  • + 302
 FUN

/fən/

noun

noun: 1. enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.

"That trip to whistler was fun"

"this new Scott Voltage is fun"
  • + 38
 ^^^ what he said! ^^^
I love my Voltage
  • + 15
 The new Voltage is mega fun!! I've been on my 710 for about two weeks now, and the thing just goes! Turns are awesome, and its shockingly fun through rocks cause its light enough to hop around and double everything up. Jumping is easy, it pretty much just floats off the lip with zero fuss. As for the whole 27.5 deal, I had my doubts on a bike like this, but honestly, with the mega low bb and short back end, they work perfect. Most fun bike I've ever ridden by miles!
  • + 5
 just hoping it falls from sky with air bags on.. I never hope this much before.. TY Scott!
  • + 19
 You did good Scott. This is one of the only bikes I've seen lately that would suit my needs perfectly and that I would actually consider buying...If I had the money. Freeride and bikepark machines are where it's at. Take notes mtb industry
  • - 45
flag Gnarlydrops2219 (May 20, 2015 at 4:53) (Below Threshold)
 specialized status all the way
  • + 11
 26 Inch wheel version!!!!!?.... That is the real sorcery here. I think that PB still thinks that is april fools.... Not today you sly dogs, we know your tricks.
  • + 3
 no press fit BB or boost?! nahhh...
  • + 146
 $4250 for the high end model!!!............Oh wait that's actually rather reasonable.
  • + 39
 I'll bet one or two people will read the price, think it's for the frameset and not bat an eyelid.
  • - 20
flag fracasnoxteam (May 20, 2015 at 0:11) (Below Threshold)
 Considering prices are not very far, why choose this bike instead of a gambler?
  • + 84
 the gambler requires you have some terrifyingly steep shit on your doorstep to even begin to challenge it. if you want to win races, buy a gambler, if you just want to tool around in the woods with your mates saying "I bet you can't...." and "wouldn't it be cool if...." before a trip to the ER then buy this!
  • + 47
 "Three build levels of the Voltage are offered, ranging from $4249 USD for our top-level 710 test bike, to a more affordable, $2249 for the base model."

Every other bike manufacturer: "ranging from $xxxx USD for our top-level 710 test bike, to a more affordable, $4249 for the base model."
  • + 5
 Yeah even I'm liking that base model price.
  • + 78
 "The Voltage's linear suspension is more than confidence inspiring on jumps."

"The Voltage's progressive suspension is more than confidence inspiring on jumps."


That is some sick ass suspension!
  • + 31
 It's a freeride machine, it can claim anything freely.
  • + 16
 No, no we cannot buy such description. As a progressed online MTB civilization we must get an insight into the details and facts behind suspension setup, what went on during testing, deflection values on shims, stress, velocities. There is always a scientific explanation behind blatant feelings and we should strive for that. This review is incomprehensible for a demanding, contemporary customer. I read only the reviews providing data from data acquisition unit. The Rumor has it that when Dirt Mag goes online in full power, their reviewers will ride with such gear.
  • + 44
 Freeride ain't dead!
  • + 23
 Who ever said freeride was dead?
  • + 45
 "The Voltage sits in the awkward position between full-on downhill machines and modern, 160mm enduro sleds"
Looks like pinkbike people have never heard of a "freeride" thing
  • + 3
 @maxlombardy the bike industry
  • + 28
 the article contradicts itself: is the suspension linear or progressive? Also why would you listen to pinkbike over the bike manufacturers advice for putting "small wheels" on, I thought they were "obselete"....hmm
  • + 41
 because... Freeride.
  • + 8
 He means progressive, but not curved. Picture a flat bank instead of a 1/4 pipe. It was a poor choice of words for him to say linear. Once again poor writing gets published on the internet.

Perhaps that's a bit harsh on Paul. Anyone can make a mistake once in a while. A good editor is just as valuable as a good writer (and rider).
  • + 16
 Do you mean linear rising rate? Because progressive is by defition just that it ramps up, or is "curved". The whole mountainbike world is quite lost in a sea of confusing terms and marketing b****it.
  • + 2
 Maybe it means progressive in terms of how the linear feedback is better that it was 6 years ago?
  • + 3
 Hirvi got it right with his first question,"Do you mean rising rate?", but then he gets more complicated in the next sentence, by adding the word,"curved". The spring rate continues to rise at a steady angle.

Let's look at it like this:
If your were drawing/charting the spring rate on graph paper just like in math class, the line would be rising in a straight line (linearly progressing, or this shape: / ). It is still progressing at an even rate, not getting steeper as it reaches the end of travel (curved progressive, or shaped like this: J ). It is not a sharper ramp at the end of travel. Instead of a spring rate CURVE, this one charts out as a spring rate LINE.

I hope that helps you guys understand, unless your just taking the piss....
  • + 3
 Linear rising rate is correct. Starts at 2.82 and finishes at 2.22, no roller coaster business going on in the middle.
  • + 1
 ChampionP, you just got confused. Progressive means curved, theres no such term in mathematics as "curved progressive". Linear is a straight line. Although theres neither a linear rate rear suspension, its always somewhat curved. Even the Yeti rail systems.
  • + 30
 Straight head tube? 135 spacing? What is this a bike from the 80s?
  • + 15
 90s bro... how old are you?!
  • + 6
 wouldn't be able to run the anglesets so much without a straight 1.5" headtube. aaand 135 spacing to keep the rental companies happy
  • + 2
 doesn't upto the 2012 demo have 135 spacing?
  • + 7
 So you want boost or what? don't undersand why some people always complain
  • + 5
 @irankin9114 The new models are ALL 135x12: www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/demo/demo-8-frame#specs But even for the 2012-14 models, the S-works had a 135 rear end, as their race team preferred it. www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/archive/2013/demofsr/sworksdemo8carbonteamreplica#specs
It started because the Demo 8 was their freeride bike, like the Status. It came out in a time when a lot of people were upgrading to big bikes, so it used 135mm rear & a 68mm bb shell so people could use their old parts, as opposed to the Demo 9, which used 150mm & 83mm BB. But they got rid of the demo 9 the next year, because everybody bought the 8. It took a few years before they decided to do a full redesign, the team riders had gotten used to the narrower rear end, so they've kept it around ever since.
  • + 2
 Scott's just a few years ahead of the game. New stiffer 20mm axles and super handling 135 Narrow hub spacing!
  • + 1
 @fatenduro makes you 20%-25% faster as its lighter and improves handlig by 55,8374% and the 20mm axel takes all the benefits from the bigger wheelsize 29 and buts it in to the axel
  • + 26
 Looks like the Kona process 167 has a new friend to hang with in the bike park. This is a very cool bike, love the amount of user adjustability.
  • + 1
 HAs Kona said you can run a DH fork on a process 167? looking at the geo, I'd be a little worried.
  • + 5
 I don't really see the need for a dual crown fork on either of these bikes.
  • + 26
 This rig is such a big upgrade from the Voltage's of old, so glad to see it with a better spec and frame design.
  • + 18
 This is perfect. Not much true DH where I live in Central Oregon, but tons of places to freeride like BlackRock and now the Bachelor Bike Park that are a little on the rough side for my Heckler, this bike is just perfect. Too bad I have $0.
  • + 1
 I've been on the hunt for a used voltage for a year for the same reason. Nobody wants to buy my old bike though, so I'm in the same situation.
  • + 15
 We need more bikes like that. I dont want to be the fastest... i just wanna have fun
  • + 5
 Amen.
  • + 7
 I wanna have fun being the fastest. But right now I'm stuck at having fun Big Grin
  • + 11
 Bravo! This is a bike I would happily buy. Good on ya Scott. And props to the tester for being the first I've ever heard to mention the fact that a clutch derailleur affects suspension performance on a bike with significant chain growth...
  • + 1
 Can you just turn "off" the clutch and make the suspension works in a good term again?
  • + 1
 Yeah but then you don't get the chain retention benefits
  • + 2
 I use the Shimano derailleurs on my bikes because you can internally adjust the amount of retention, but any resistance applied to the chain will affect small bump compliance and effectively increase the spring rate.
  • + 3
 Agreed. Love this type of bike. Granted the market is smaller than the Enduro market but its great to see a new Freeride bike and the 26 & 27.5 options & adjustability really set it apart. I'd like to see Trek do the same thing and bring back the Scratch with the 26 & 27.5 options as a 180mm travel bike. Well done SCOTT, looking forward to demoing this before I make a buying decision.
  • + 8
 Regarding this: "The chain growth caused by the high pivot, makes the suspension less reactive on square edges and small bumps, more so with modern clutch derailleurs."

With most of the bikes I've ridden a high pivot results in improved small / square bump compliance. Maybe something else was causing the lack of compliance?
  • + 1
 High pivot works well. On my old Voltage were two shock positions. The dj-setting would give harsh initial travel. Also the rear was a bit too flexy. Soft spring and soft damper setting made it perform flawless. The low bb is amazing.
  • + 2
 If you're moving with any speed over a crawl, I find it hard to believe that chain torque could have that much of a stiffening effect, especially on square edges which are where high pivots excel. Bad shock tune maybe?
  • + 6
 By adding tension to the chain the effective spring rate is increased. This happens with any derailleur and is most noticeable on a frame with lots of chain growth. The problem with clutch derailleurs is that the clutch basically adds an initial stiction to the system so now the rear wheel has to overcome the clutch before it can begin moving. It's not huge, but in my experience feels like adding about 20 pounds to your spring rate and loosing some small bump sensitivity. So yes, you can feel it. I dial the tension of my Shimano Saint down to the bare minimum to keep the swingarm moving freely.
  • + 0
 But for that to be true, the freehub would have to engage fast enough to pull the wheel. I find it hard to believe that at 15mph, even hitting a bump would cause the wheel to rotate back enough to pull on the chain. Pedaling on flat ground at low speed? Absolutely. Cruising through singletrack at 20? I'm not so sure.
  • + 2
 It's independent of the freehub. Try to imagine the chain acting as a rubber band pulling the rear wheel into the ground. The spring tension in the derailleur is the only active force, but its enough to be felt. Try riding a high pivot bike chainless for a run to see how active it really can be...
  • + 1
 Probably not an awful bike to just leave the clutch turned off. Not like you're going to drop chains all the time with a real chainguide. Heck, build it up with non-clutch derailleur & save yourself some scratch, some places are practically giving them away to try to clear inventory, since everybody is going narrow-wide & clutch.
  • + 10
 We need more bikes like this on the market.
  • + 6
 This bike looks very attractive because of all the options for wheel sizes and geometry changes.

By the way I was in Wales while Paul was testing this bike out and he was absolutely gunning it down the downhill tracks (which isn't easy in the pouring rain in Wales). If that's any technical help for anyone..?
  • + 7
 I want to get one of these put a boxxer on it and have the.ultimate park killing machine. I would do it too... But... Money
  • + 10
 idk, i think you'd be solid with the 36. although a 200mm fork would slack it out a bit. this bike is such a step up, i'd definitely take this over a specialized EVO, and its competing with Banshee Darkside.
  • + 5
 While the 200mm forks would slacken it out, you do have the supplied adjustable headsets, so you could put in a steeper one to compensate.
  • + 4
 actually 180mm forks and 200m double crowns normally have about the same axle to crown height so it's probably wouldn't slacken it much.
  • + 3
 Well there you go!
  • + 1
 So in my mind, 200mm fork, 190mm travel setting, not too slack a setting plus the low BB equals ultimate park bike / DH bike for the average guy. If I could have got my old dh bikes BB lower I would have had this formula.
  • + 2
 They should spec the largest frame with a dual crown for us "man sized" individuals.
  • + 2
 Thrasher2, the FR720 model has a dual crown. Though a boxxer would be better than a domain.
  • + 8
 i saw the yellow coil and thought i saw a ohlins..trickery...
  • + 7
 what they meant to say is.......you can downgrade to 27.5!
  • + 2
 Never buy a voltage!!!
The frame always cracks. I have been riding whistler for the last 3 years and every season my voltage frame has cracked!
Got a 2015 720 and after 10- 15 days in the park it cracked at the head tube just like the old design.
There is an obvious flaw with the frame design/manufacture so just steer clear
  • + 3
 nice bike and setup. nice to see Scott still lounching 26 inch bikes cause some of their Enduro-Trailbikes are only 27.5 and 29! 26 aint dead and never will be dead you fashion addicts
  • + 6
 Too bad none are coming to Australia
  • + 2
 Really, that sucks. It's a very solid bike and reasonably priced.
  • + 6
 Nice to see a new freeride bike, I like the wheel options.
  • + 2
 Bummed they got rid of a lot of the adjustability of the old model.. Would be curious to know how it pedals, would love having a long travel pedally bike for most days that could be used for DH bike as well.
  • + 16
 soo.. you want an enduro bike?
  • + 0
 It's anti-squat is always over 100% so it should pedal aight me thinks.
  • + 2
 The Voltage EN is so rad. With an air shock, a dropper and a big range cassette (you can use XX1 if you put it in the 170mm travel setting) it pedals real well.
  • + 5
 27.5 freeride? I get 27.5 on race bikes but freeride? Hmmm...
  • + 3
 It's there if you want it, but 26 is an option
  • + 1
 yeah thats probably why you can run 26".......
  • + 4
 I have new Voltage 710 and to be honest I felt a bit sluggish on 27.5 wheels. So I have changed it to 26 and the bike turned out to be a lot more playful and even faster on downhill tracks. But there is a downside of having 26 wheels in Voltage, BB height is now about 337 mm with 64 degrees head angle.
  • - 2
 i doubt it would have been faster, 26 feels faster but usually you'd find if you timed yourself you would have been quicker on 27.5 wheels, however for freeride 26 is a bit more fun as its easier to flick the bike around
  • + 4
 It depends on your riding style and on a track you are riding. Smaller wheels generates speed more efficiently while bigger wheels are better when it comes to holding speed. So you may find 26 inch wheels faster in some places and somewhere else 27.5 will do the job better. As for me 27.5 inch wheels are my choice od weapon for enduro, but for downhill and freeride I stick with 26.
  • + 3
 a real bike for real fun. keep your fanny packs, light weight carbon bits and plus size wheels, I would take this bike in a heart beat and have a blast on it.
  • + 4
 why would you want 27.5 wheels on this kind of bike? lol
  • + 4
 Ahhh … the mini DH / FR bike returns … my Uzzi is not alone anymore!
  • + 5
 I think the more extreme the race bikes get, the more of these we'll start seeing.... There's already the uzzi, the NS soda, the Voltage, the banshee darkside, the tr500 (in 180 mode) the session park, the commencal FR... I'm sure there's more!
  • + 1
 Don't forget about the Last Herb 180, awesome mini DH bike.
  • + 1
 Sweet, looks like two things, a Scott I actually want and a decent uk dh bike and all round carnage machine. Hmmm.. Dare I say it seems like the sorta bike I've been waiting for.
  • + 0
 Sorry for this bad coment, but hey still break so easily? I got a friend that broke three times his frame. The last brand new frame that came from the warranty he sell it immediately. And I know another guy that broke twice his frame. Or is the frame, or portugusese riders are really bad ass
  • + 4
 I wish they would sell the frame only - I don't need a complete!
  • + 1
 I have the older version and I love it. Wish I had that rear triangle support though. I am sure this bike is better but not loving the looks.
  • + 3
 i really like my scott voltage fr30... its amazing.
  • + 1
 Nice to see Pinkbike testing bikes in Portugal once again!! Nice Setup up by the way;9
  • + 2
 Where do i get a yellow spring like that?
  • + 1
 USE THE TORX Paul! it is superior to hex, though I get your point...what can I say...new standards!
  • + 1
 Nice rig, made of metal too which makes for a very pleasant change on here.
  • + 1
 "1 piece welded rocker link..."
unless I missed something that's a contradicting statement...?
  • + 7
 Its not either side bolted together.
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 When you weld two pieces together they become one piece.
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 I wish they would have gone 150/83. I would have all the other parts to build this up into a nice play bike.
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 Hmm, air fork and coil rear shock. Kind of an odd choice. I would rather see either a DHX Air out back or a 36 Van in the front.
  • + 0
 Think "balance"
  • + 1
 I was thinking the exact same thing. If weight were a concern, go air shock and RC Air up front, otherwise the Vanilla coil up front would be ideal. I'm curious if the new Fox RAD rear shock will make an appearance OEM. That is one nice looking shock, and would have been nice on this machine.
  • + 0
 @somismtb - balance is exactly what I was thinking, which is why I thought it was weird that Scott chose to unbalance the suspension by putting an air fork up front and a coil shock in the back.
  • + 1
 I want it so baaad.
Wonder how it pedals in a long day?
What's the frame weight?
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 +4 ape index!?!? Dudeeeee.........
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 I wish I was bad ass enough to justify riding one of these
  • + 1
 Danger! Danger! High Voltage! When we touch! When we kiss!
  • + 1
 old voltage was shit this looks stiffer !
  • + 1
 I wouldn't ever want 27.5 on my fr bike feels to sluggish.
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 Please, ride this bike, and then tell me its sluggish. I'd go so far as to say its more lively than my Slayer.
  • + 6
 it's not sluggish at all, 27.5 feel exactly the same as 26" just slightly faster rolling, but you can use 26" on it because scott has made it to work with 26" wheels so win win
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 I have ridden it, yea it's not a major difference but on steeper lips it tightens the radius even more. My dark sides 26 both can be ran either but it would be nice to see a spec'd build in either. 27.5 is only faster in some cases in most 26 is more lively and a funnier ride. IMO
  • + 1
 Is that the new spring from Fox?
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 I can't believe no one is complaining about it's looks! That top tube and shock interface/angle screams department store bike...
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 I F***ING LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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 I love my voltage fr 710
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 According to decline its now freestyle...
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 I prefer the Darkside...
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 Luke?
  • + 3
 i think you mean Anakin
  • + 1
 Definatly enjoying my darkside, talas 180 and a oneup, pedals up and destroys the downs!
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