Review: Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 – A Versatile Long-Travel Machine

Mar 15, 2021 at 3:49
by Ralf Hauser  


Since the launch of Scott's Ransom in 2006, it has been their poster child for the enduro category. Now, next to their Genius, Strike and Aspect eRIDE e-bikes, the Ransom name is used for their latest long-travel motorized offering. Compared to the regular Ransom, the Ransom eRIDE 910 offers an extra 10mm of travel, topping out at 180mm front and rear, adding to the bike's rock-devouring capability.

Then again, equipped with 29" wheels, a single-crown fork and steep seat angle, the Ransom eRIDE already hints at its ability to perform on the ups as well, just like its non-motorized sibling is supposed to.

There are two Ransom eRIDE models in Scott's lineup, the 910 and lower-specced 920, although in North America only the 920 is available.

Ransom eRIDE 910
Intended use: Enduro
Travel: 180mm
Wheel size: 29"
Frame construction: aluminum
Head angle: 64/64.6 degrees
Sizes: S to XL
Color: Black/grey camo
Weight: 23,94kg/52.67lbs. (verified)
Price: €6,999
More info: www.scott-sports.com

bigquotesWhat's not to like about a plush and capable long-travel enduro-sled that takes you almost anywhere on the ups and downs? Ralf Hauser

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Construction and Features / Motor Details

The Ransom eRIDE is only available with an aluminum frame, featuring a four-bar linkage suspension with Horst Link near the dropout.

The Ransom eRIDE is equipped with 29" wheels front and rear but designed to also hold a 27.5" rear wheel if you prefer to run mullet-style. A small flip chip at the upper mount of the rear shock gives you the option to somewhat negate a change in geometry due to the smaller wheel size, or to generally steepen the geometry with 29" wheels front and rear.

Covered in black and grey camo.
Four-bar suspension system with Horst link.

Tire clearance with a 29" rear wheel is rather limited.
Bottle mounts, check.

A custom chainstay protector keeps the noise from chain slap down. The motor is protected by a cover, connecting with the plastic cover of the battery and therefore basically covering almost the entire lower side of the down tube. A narrower extra layer of softer rubber bash guard runs down the lower half of the down tube to reduce noise and limit damage further. A custom upper chain guide is connected to the rear end, and moves with the suspension movement.

Even though it always makes me cringe on a bike of this status, there's a kickstand mount near the bottom bracket area for those having different ideas of what to use this bike for. At least the two mounting holes are rather inconspicuous and it's easy to forget that they're even there.

A custom chainstay guard with ribs keeps the noise down.
Shifting and brake cables are enter the frame further in the back of the down tube.

Kickstand-mounts, if you'd rather take this bike to Jamba Juice than to the trails.
Custom chainguide mounted to the rear end.


All the cables are routed through the frame internally, with inserts clamping them into place at the exits on the down tube. Bottle mounts are sitting in the main triangle. The 910 is wrapped in a camo-style grey and black paint job, even covering the linkage.

An oversize head tube holds an Acros headset with internal knock-block style system, with extra pads on the down tube delivering just-in-case protection.

Bosch's Performance CX Gen 4 motor is responsible for your pedal assist on the Ransom eRIDE. The 625Wh Bosch PowerTube battery is removable, with a lock securing the battery against theft. Scott picked the handlebar-mounted Purion display, as they say it is a small unit that still delivers a good amount of information on the fly.

You can find all the details of the German motor system in our motor comparison story and Bosch's software update story.

Even though you can see the cable routing from the hub sensor from the outside near the dropout, its routing is clean and won't create kinks in the cable in the long run. At the exit of the cables from the inside of the chainstay, there's an extra cable situated that's connected to the motor and ready to hook up to lighting systems.

The frame has been tested to category 5 riding standards, but the bike is officially listed to category 4 standards because of Bosch's Performacne CX Gen 4 motor being limited to that lower category. Maximum system weight comes to 128kg, so you have about 104kg for rider weight including gear to play with.Frame weight is 4.54kg without shock. Total weight came to 23.94kg without pedals and running a tubeless setup for a size M frame, which, considering that it's an aluminum big-hit bike, isn't bad.


Bosch Performance CX Gen4 motor, nicely integrated into the chassis.
Somewhat outdated Bosch Purion display.

The charging port is hidden by a soft plastic cover ...
... which can be a bit finicky to close back up.



Geometry & Sizing


A flip chip at the shock mount can change the head angle between 64 and 64.6 degrees, and seat angle by 0.7 degrees. Numbers on the seat angles change slightly from size to size, ranging from 75.9 to 76.5 degrees in the slack setting. The bottom bracket height changes by five millimeters, with the low setting sitting at 348.5mm. The flip chip also helps to offset the numbers if you choose to run the bike with a smaller 27.5" rear wheel, in case you don't want the geometry to go even slacker from stock.

Even though the Ransom eRIDE is obviously intended for performing when the going gets rough, its engineers didn't want to hamper its all-round capabilities too much. In terms of reach, the bike isn't jumping on the much longer is much better bandwagon and is stuck to rather moderate numbers.

Again, depending on the setting of the flip chip, reach for a size M is measuring 440mm in the low or 447.3mm in the high setting, although I think it's rather safe to assume that most people will set this sort of bike up in the slacker version.

However, since this bike is intended to go fast, they are bringing stability to the table by equipping the bike with deliberately long 465mm chainstays. Scott said it was fair to say that the frame was designed around sizes M and L, which equate to most sales, but found through testing and riding the different frame sizes that their choice offered the best mix of handling versus stability. So even on size S, the stability will increase, which can match some riding styles and be a benefit in certain situations.

The seat tube lengths are on the longer side of things, which means it might be difficult to go up a frame size if a smaller rider wants to go with a longer bike. It's possible to sink a 150mm Fox dropper post was all the way down to its collar on the size M frame.


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Suspension Design

The Horst Link suspension design uses a 205 x 65mm stroke trunnion shock, delivering an average leverage ratio of 2.77 : 1.

Scott is using a Fox X2 Performance rear shock, which is different in terms of damping from its Factory sibling. It only allows for low speed compression and low speed rebound to be adjusted, with 18 clicks on the low-speed rebound and 22 clicks for the low-speed compression setting.

We're looking at a progression of about 24% from beginning to end of travel, with an almost linear curve all the way to its end, providing mid-stroke and bottom-out support.
At 25% sag, the anti-squat value is sitting at 92%.

A custom-tuned Fox X2 Performance shock controls the rear end.
Only low-speed compression and rebound can be adjusted.

Even the massive link is covered in black and grey camo.
High-end Grip2 damping on the Fox 38 Performance Elite version.



Specifications
Specifications
Price $6999
Travel 180mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X2 Performance
Fork FOX 38 Performance Elite GRIP2
Headset Acros Blocklock Tapered
Cassette SRAM XG1275 / 10-52 T
Crankarms SRAM X1 1000 / 165mm / 34T
Chainguide SCOTT Custom
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle / 12 Speed
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Shifter Pods SRAM NX Eagle Single Click
Handlebar Syncros Hixon 1.5 Rise / Alloy 2014D.B. 20mm rise / 8° / 800mm
Stem Syncros XM1.5
Grips Syncros Pro lock-on
Brakes Shimano XT / BR-M8120 4 Piston
Hubs Formula CL-811 / Formula ECT-1481
Rim Syncros X-30S
Tires Maxxis Assegai 29x2.6" / Maxxis Dissector 29x2.6" EXO+
Seat Syncros Tofino 1.5 Regular
Seatpost FOX Transfer Dropper Post


The Ransom eRIDE 910 is the top-of-the-line model costing €6,999 (not available in North America), with a second version, the Ransom eRIDE 920 coming to €5,499 ($5,499). The 920 comes with a RockShox ZEB fork (only with rebound adjust) with the same Fox X2 rear shock from its bigger brother, Shimano BR-MT520 4-piston brakes, a SRAM NX Eagle/SX drivetrain mix and a Syncros Duncan dropper post.








Test Bike Setup

Since the head tube length for a size M frame is on the longer side at 120mm, and the headset's stack height also isn't the lowest, I dropped the stem all the way down.


With the stock two volume spacers in the fork, I had to run more air pressure than recommended in the fork from harshly bottoming out, sacrificing small-bump compliance. I added another volume spacer to the 38 Performance, making it three in total, and was able to lower the pressure again close to the recommended setting while bringing plenty of mid-stroke and bottom-out stability into play.

Damping settings (all numbers are from closed): LSR: 13, HSR: 4, LSC: 14, HSC: 4.
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Ralf Hauser
Age: 43
Location: Vienna, Austria
Height: 5'6” (168cm)
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Recommended sag for the bike is 25%, but I ended up running the rear shock at about 30% sag for a more planted feel and was playing around with anything from 25 to 35% to get a better idea of how the suspension reacted to different rider preferences. LSR: 11 LSC: 22

Testing took place around Vienna, Austria, with winter conditions ranging from frozen hardpack to gooey mud with patches of snow with days in between offering rather dry and tacky hardpack ground.



Climbing

Considering that the Ransom eRide is a long-travel bike with 180mm of travel, its weight isn't too bad at all. As a matter of fact, it's within the same range or even somewhat lighter than a lot of 2021's e-bikes with less travel intended for less demanding riding conditions. With many manufacturers equipping their bikes with burlier tires and components, as well as bigger (and therefore heavier) batteries these days, that development is not overly surprising.

Scott gave the Ransom eRIDE a rather steep seat angle for an efficient pedaling position. The longer chainstays can deliver that extra bit of traction, helping to keep the front end down on really steep technical climbs. In combination, it makes the Ransom a very proficient climber that doesn't let you down on long, tedious climbs for many hours on end. The same can't be said about the Syncros Tofino saddle, depending on your rear end. It sure didn't work for me.

Scott slapped Maxxis tires with EXO+ casing on the Ransom, which are to be considered some of the lighter tires on the market these days, especially since Schwalbe has introduced their Super labeling with a hefty weight addition to all of their options. Scott uses a Dissector at the rear due to the fact that tire profiles can have a significant impact on the battery range, especially on the rear. I was honestly surprised by the decent all-round capabilities of the tire. Even in the muddy conditions of winter riding, the tire provided ample grip on the uphills, although there are better options out there in that regard as well. However, I am pretty certain that dry conditions, and especially rocky surfaces, are going to decimate the smaller blocks of the tread pattern at a much faster rate than on tires with bigger, sturdier blocks.

The Ransom eRide is the only bike in Scott's full-suspension lineup that doesn't utilize TwinLoc technology to change travel on the fly, cleaning up the cockpit with less cables to deal with. I doubt that I would have ever used that feature anyway, as it seems to really not matter too much how much travel your rear end provides. It's not like the rear end is bobbing much to begin with, and it efficiently tracks the ground without impeding your pedaling motion, which is emphasized if you're setting the bike up with the recommended sag of 25%. If you really feel like having to stiffen up the rear end, you can flip the 2-position lever on the X2 rear shock, which actually still filters out small hits nicely before you can feel the suspension stiffen up. Smart. It's not anywhere near what a full lock-out would feel like, but for a bike of this character I think that is a good thing.

Since the shock is flipped upside down, you'll have to bend a bit lower to reach the 2-position-lever.





Motor Performance

Just like all the other Bosch Gen 4 motors I've ridden, the power and modulation on the Ransom eRIDE is top-notch. Unfortunately, the motor rattles when not under load and rolling over obstacles. At least Scott's aluminum frame doesn't seem to amplify the noise as some carbon frames out there do, and I even started to forget about it entirely on most rides. You can get used to it and there's nothing wrong from a technological side of things, but it always annoys the hell out of me that we have to deal with rattling motors at all in 2021.

Again, to get the full details of how Bosch's motor system performs, read up in our motor comparison story and Bosch's software update story.

The Purion display might be cleaner to integrate than the newer Kiox display, it just can't hide the fact that it's somewhat outdated. My biggest gripes: You can only see the percentage of remaining battery load in five steps, so you have no idea if you're sitting at a rest charge of 21% or 40% for example, unless you happened to see it jump from one to the other at the exact moment. Plus if you want to switch to other secondary info than ride modes, you have to hold the minus button for a while each time, which isn't exactly quick in order to shift through the few options.

Also, in my case with brake levers angled pretty low, I can't put the Purion display at the correct angle to easily reach the buttons with my thumb, since the hinge from the Shimano brake levers doesn't allow for the display to be rotated to a more rearward-facing angle, there's just not enough space between the display and the clamp to allow for that. In situations where I have to swap ride modes quickly, for example when I'm facing a steep uphill section after a tight corner hiding the view, I have to open up my hand and even rotate my left hand more than I would like. It's a detail, but other systems, or the Kiox thumb control, are more ergonomic that way. Pushing the Purion display to the inside of the Shimano hinge is not an option either, due to its shape. Depending on your preferred angle of your brake levers, it might not be an issue for some.

The position for the charging port on the side of the upper down tube is fine, but the cover is somewhat flimsy. It sometimes takes a few seconds messing around until the soft hook on the inside connects with the port to effectively cover the port when not in use for charging.




Descending

Before jumping into the section that probably most are interested in for a bike with 180mm of travel, I have to touch on the subject of intended use for the bike. While it's good to know that the Ransom eRIDE's frame has been tested to category 5 riding conditions, it's kind of a problem that Bosch's motor is only supposed to be ridden up to category 4 conditions (all-mountain and enduro). Keep in mind that since their entire bike needed to be categorized as category 4, according to Scott's documentation, you are therefore limited under which conditions this bike is supposed to be ridden. Things like "tricks, stair riding, for the extreme jumps/riding, such as hardest mountain biking, freeriding, downhill, on North Shore trails, dirt jumping, hucking, training and competitive use of the categories freeride, dirt, downhill" are technically not recommended uses for this bike. When questioning Scott about it, they agreed that it's somewhat of a conflict, but can't do anything about it since it's another manufacturer's part creating that limitation.

To be honest, I never even thought about motors being limited to certain riding conditions under the DIN EN 17406 certification before, but what it comes down to is that basically Bosch Gen4 motors (or other manufacturer's big-hit models using that motor) out there are not intended to be ridden under bike park conditions or similar, which is a real drag. In terms of warranty, I guess that's opening a whole other can of worms. Having seen those motors being put to the test even by sponsored riders, it makes me question Bosch's approach (although at this point I haven't heard back from Shimano or Brose if they are limiting the category usage in similar ways) of not officially delivering a system that can be specced on any kind of bike.

Not being the tallest rider at 168cm, I have been riding small bikes for most of my riding days, only to realize with the more modern approaches in geometry what I have been missing out on all of those years. Mostly, the feeling of balance, added grip and confidence a more stable bike can deliver on your psyche. To come back to the eRide's rather long chainstays, I know of some people that absolutely hate bikes with a chainstay length beyond a certain number, but I have real trouble understanding their reservations. If I personally had to choose at the end of a day between a bike with really short chainstays and a bike with really long ones, I'd always go for the model with the longer option. If I really had to put my impressions to the test, it could be that the rear end feels like it takes a bit longer to come around a tighter corner at lower speeds than a bike with shorter chainstays, but in the big picture it was nothing to write home about.

So, to sum up my excursion into the world of geometry, the bike is nicely stable at speed, tracks through corners nicely and feels quite balanced, although I'm pretty certain that people with other preferences might not fully agree on that last point.

Since I'm a big fan of mullet setups, I also gave a 27.5" rear wheel a try and wasn't surprised that I'd personally pick that version, making it slightly easier to flick the rear end into corners and tip the bike over, with more clearance when heading down stupid steep chutes for smaller riders. I purposely left the bike in the slack geometry setting, lowering the head angle to 63.6 degrees and slightly dropping the bottom bracket for an even more planted feel. To each his own, and I'm glad that you can officially go that route on the Ransom if you feel like it. In the end, though, I got to say that the Ransom eRIDE also works really well with the bigger wheel in the rear overall.

Now, you can't forget that the Ransom eRIDE is a big bike. It's not light enough to call it snappy and if you set it up around 30% of sag, it just wants to hug the ground, rather gobbling up obstacles than being able to pop off them and jump from one side of the trail to the next. But that's okay, and if you enjoy bombing down any trail without worrying what the ground is littered with, you'll come down the hill with a smile on your face. That's not to say that the bike is a mushy and undefined. You can easily plant the wheels where you want them to and can even drive the bike into tighter corners when needed, even if the weight does push a bit from behind when you're coming in too hot.


How Does It Compare

Scott Ransom eRIDE 910
Specialized Kenevo Expert review
Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert
The Scott Ransom eRIDE and Specialized Kenevo both use a Horst Link dropout in their suspension design with aluminum frames and 180mm of rear wheel travel.

The Kenevo Expert I had on review is equipped with a 180mm dual crown suspension fork, incidentally marking the biggest optical difference to the Ransom. That, and of course the fact that the Kenevo has 27.5" wheels front and rear and the Ransom has 29" wheels.

While the angles are pretty similar, it's the reach that mostly differentiates if you compare frame sizes. With Specialized having switched to naming their frame sizes S2 to S5, their shortest S2 measurement is coming close to the size M Scott frame, but with much shorter seat tubes on all sizes to make longer dropper posts fit or give smaller people the chance to step up to a larger frame if they feel like it. Chainstays are 11mm shorter on the Kenevo as well, and I'd give the Kenevo the heads-up if you're looking for a highly modern, progressive geometry-approach that creates an incredible cornering balance.

With weight measuring almost exactly the same, it's the single crown fork that gives the Ransom a more all-round-oriented feel, although the Kenevo is also available as a single-crown version on the Comp model.

Suspension-wise, I have to give Scott the heads-up out of the box. I had to deduct points from the Kenevo's too linear coil shock setup (something that can be fixed with progressive springs or air shocks), whereas the Ransom eRIDE's rear end is nicely progressive with the extra option to make it even more progressive by adding some additional volume spacers.

Spec-wise, and with Specialized having been hit by the worldwide pandemic as everyone else raising their prices slightly to €7,599 ($9,000), the Ransom eRide's drivetrain, suspension and brakes trump the Kenevo's, even at a slightly lower total price.





Syncros cockpit.
Removable Syncros quick release lever.

Acros Blocklock headset with internal knock-block system.
Integrated Fox Fender.


Technical Report

The Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 is equipped with SRAM X01 and NX Eagle mix, Shimano XT 4-piston brakes, various Syncros parts and rims. The Fox Transfer Dropper post has different drops for different frame sizes; 125mm for size S, 150mm for M and 175mm for L and XL.

Custom Cockpit: Syncros' custom stem, spacer, top cap and headset cap combo with square spacer form creates a clean look, but it makes it more difficult to just swap to a different stem of another manufacturer. You'll most likely have to swap all these components at the same time to make it fit, and just deal with the extra nose on the headset's top cap.

Rear axle lever The Syncros lever on the rear axle is removable if you shouldn't like it. However, since the lever was designed for other bike models to begin with, on the first two turns it scratches against the seat stay and linkage bolt from the Horst Link. You could avoid that by pulling it out and repeatedly set it at an angle to not come in contact with the frame when turning, but that kind of defeats the idea of a quick release. If you don't care about scratches in your paint, Scott says it's okay to just do that.

The smartest knock-block there is: The Acros Blocklock headset is creating a mechanical stop through end stops on the lower headset cup and fork race. Thereby, it is not bound to the frame or specific stems like some other solutions on the market. Plus, I never felt that steering was limited by the given degree of movement.

Neat extra: A Fox fork fender is already installed on the bike. Even in sloppy mud it did a good job of keeping the worst spray out of your eyes, not even sporting an extension to the front.

Dissect This: The Maxxis Minion Dissector might be a fast-rolling all-rounder with surprisingly capable climbing traits but to call it an aggressive tire would be a bit of a reach. Without an insert you might take the EXO+ casing to its puncture-proof limits at lower air pressures and there are tires that dig into the ground harder with a bigger and more aggressive tread-patterns.




Pros

+ Highly capable all-rounder.
+ Plush suspension with nice progression for big hit performance.
+ Steep seat tube and long chainstays make steepest climbs climbable.
Cons

- Clacking motor (although not as noisy as on some other frames).
- Purion display out-of-date.
- Technically not approved for bike park usage




Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Ransom eRIDE actually delivers the all-round capabilities that you'd expect from bikes with less travel. It's a great climber and at the same time the right tool for pinning down rough, technical trails, thanks to a stable geometry helped by long chainstays, although that last feature might discourage people from giving the bike a go, at least on paper. Surprisingly enough, even the overall weight is comparable to most e-bikes for 2021, no matter what travel category we're talking about, even if you probably have to add some weight for a sturdier rear tire or tire inserts.
Ralf Hauser







136 Comments

  • 61 11
 Scott's E-bikes kinda look they hit a tree at full speed and than get selled after.
  • 26 11
 And look at how easily the paint chips away once your knee pads start rubbing the frame:

m.pinkbike.com/photo/20229078
  • 26 2
 Yeah, bent top tube does look like a crumple zone. Down tube looks like a python digesting a deer though.
  • 12 6
 yeah. Zero sex appeal.
  • 15 8
 *As most ebikes.
  • 22 2
 @aug7hallak: it gets better looking after a few drinks.
  • 3 5
 @DoubleCrownAddict: idk if that's sarcasm, but it's supposed to look like that....
  • 2 3
 .. as do all ebikes...
  • 37 6
 "Technically not approved for bike park usage" why do you need a ebike for a bike park?!
  • 21 2
 I mean if the park is closed you could pedal up and ride down some tracks. Also it depends what your definition of bike park is, in the UK the parks are all push up or the ride up so an ebike could be useful there I guess?
  • 8 1
 @filthyphill: Well, we do have quite a few van-uplift venues, but in some cases (e.g. Innerleithen, Forest of Dean) riders are free to self-uplift on eBikes. And in others (Bike Park Wales) they can pay to do so.
But yes, we do have plenty of "push up" bike parks, which are getting a lot of traffic from eebs now.
  • 11 0
 I've seen it here at Bromont. People buy an ebike for 90% of the time and place they go where they climb up but still want to go once or twice in the summer at the chairlift access park with the homies without having to have two bikes or renting a bike.
  • 4 9
flag saladdodger (Mar 30, 2021 at 4:35) (Below Threshold)
 @filthyphill: I am sure that will be popular with the trail builders....
  • 8 2
 @saladdodger: But what’s the difference between a 65kg me on a 25kg bike or a 75kg someone else on a 15kg bike? Don’t get me wrong I’m not an ebike rider because I’m still young but I see their purpose for other trail users.
  • 2 0
 it they are proper bike park trails with berms and high speed the ebikes are good at it, and are properly stable.
where they suck is on more tight and slow tech trails and when you need to pedal above 25 km/h

rode last week on one for a 40 km ride, would be fun to have as a 2 bike, but wouldn't swap my enduro bike for one.
  • 3 1
 Because ebikes are expensive, and might be the only bike you own?
  • 3 0
 Some bike parks don’t even allow ebikes on their lifts, if memory serves me correct.
  • 2 0
 @mungbean: yup that's what I forgot to mention in my reply. I think it's something with Park insurance not wanting lithium batteries being dropped from a chair to the ground
  • 2 0
 I would love to have just one bike. DH sled that I could use on trails with the motor then take the battery out, drop 8lbs off the bike and use it at the bike park.

For those wondering I wrote Vail to ask and yes you can use an eBike at any of their resorts - Whistler, Northstar, etc. They did wonder why I would want to : )
  • 21 0
 1/2 the price of Specialized Turbo Levo...
  • 27 14
 Re-name it the Voltage, put a DH capable motor in it, and upgrade to a double crown fork and I'll be sold.
  • 23 0
 A DH capable motor? Is that one that recharges the battery by converting heat to electricity as you use it to slow down?
  • 11 13
 No- the Vorlage was a cool bike and not a e-biker for well off boomers. Dont make a Kenovo out of it please
  • 21 11
 @NotNamed: Voltage is the perfect name for an aggressive e bike, especially since Scott discontinued it. It's the biggest no-brainer in e bike history!

Anybody who who chooses the name NotNamed cannot be expected to have any legitimate opinions about naming anything, lol.
  • 6 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: perfect, like intense did it with the tazer Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Talk about missing an open goal.
  • 6 11
flag TypicalCanadian (Mar 30, 2021 at 2:30) (Below Threshold)
 Aaron Gwin winning world cups without a chain and you think a DH bike needs a motor............... lol.
  • 6 21
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 30, 2021 at 3:04) (Below Threshold)
 @nullzwo: Exactly! I've even wrote a blog about this subject to hopefully convince Scott to change their poor marketing decisions:

www.pinkbike.com/u/DoubleCrownAddict/blog/voltage-the-perfect-name-for-an-e-bike.html

Please share on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages! Also subscribe, I've got some real shocker blogs coming soon!
  • 4 0
 @MaksVraz: Good price (www.payszpz.ga/ProductDetail.aspx?iid=29331896&pr=70.99) but not quite the reviews you'd expect:

Candace Maldonado - 2021-03-27 Really comfy! Wasn't expecting much for the price but am super happy with these!!

Tyler S - 2021-03-28 I am in complete love with these. The obsession is real!

Samantha - 2021-03-30 Love fabric. Received compliments. Great purchase. Fast delivery

Kaitlyn M Brignac - 2021-03-26 I love all things cozy, cute, and comfortable. These items are perfect and just that!

Maria - 2021-03-28 Fits as expected, super soft and comfortable
  • 9 0
 Dude we get it - you love Dual Crown forks.
  • 6 1
 @TypicalCanadian: Aaron Gwin doesn't have to pedal up hills.
  • 1 6
flag TypicalCanadian (Mar 30, 2021 at 9:04) (Below Threshold)
 @hmstuna: then don’t buy a DH bike if you have to pedal up hills.
  • 7 1
 @TypicalCanadian: This isn't a dh bike...
  • 1 2
 @hmstuna: holy crap dude, look at the first comment in this thread.... durrrrr
  • 5 1
 @TypicalCanadian: I did obviously. A dual crown fork does not a dh bike make. That bike would still have a standard drivetrain, steep seat angle, and a motor so that it would be able to climb hills. That's why I said this isn't a dh bike.
  • 1 1
 @hmstuna: I guess those of us who actually climb don’t typically want a dual crown fork. But maybe it’s different when you have a motor on your bike.
  • 1 3
 It’s not even a DH bike. More like some God awful mutated enduro rig.
  • 11 1
 I know you don't have to look at the bike while riding, but damn the Kenevo is just so much cooler looking. Which is strange because the Scott analog bikes are generally pretty handsome.
  • 1 2
 The Spesh would be my choice on looks thats for sure.
  • 2 1
 I happen to own the Kenevo and I think it is a really great bike and the complaint from Mr Hauser about the rear shock being to linear is actually a trait that I really like as it makes the bike (once properly setup) really easy to pop in the air for a 53 pound bike!
  • 12 0
 Why would a full suspension eMTB ever have less travel than this?
Never understood short travel eBikes
  • 7 0
 If I ever get an ebike I'd want 170mm minimum. There's no downside lol.
  • 9 0
 @DylanH93: "but then my 50 pound bike won't feel poppy and nimble on the trail"
  • 2 1
 I saw a 130mm ebike being touted the other week (cant recall who or what) and I did not get the point - the Orbea Rise is 150/140 I think which with the lighter weight kinda makes sense but generally heavy ebike may as well also ride like the steamroller it will inevitably feel like!
  • 8 1
 Pretty decent bike, assume mullet isn't a purchase option which is shame as most recent ebikes come with mixed wheels. Interesting about the usage limitation due to the motor, would love to hear more about that from other manufacturers.
  • 12 4
 Where is the shitty NUDE shock? oh, I remember! Even Scott sponsored riders ditched it!
  • 2 0
 Why aren't the adjustments hidden too?
  • 5 0
 iv got a 2021 ransom ride 920 and it is simply awesome all the hate the quality is brilliant on the new gen ransom no complaints there it really is a beast on the trails to be honest i won't take it on a bike park ill use my 2021 comical meta am 29er for that im well happy with the scott its been outstanding so far i guess some people are just jelous they can't afford one and hate bikes in general for getting easy runs at the trail centres lol
  • 5 1
 "What's not to like about a plush and capable long-travel enduro-sled that takes you almost anywhere on the ups and downs?" ... Maybe that it seems to have a paintjob inspired by a 2003 Saracen BSO.
(That's one for the Brits really)
  • 5 2
 I´ve got mine since end of October 2020 and had been riden 2000km since. I really like this bike. In most points I totally agree (e.g. position of purion -> so i upgraded to KIOX), capability of Bike e.g. using as trailbike and so on.
I really like the long chainstay, too. It´s amazing how the Ransom is working on steep uphils. I really enjoy long chainstays since my Nukeproof Mega of 2018 and I could not imaging running shorter ones since that time.
I also installed and 3rd volume spacer to the front due to more bottom out resistance.

But I do not agree with the progression of the rear. I´m not sure about the linkage ratio, but in my opinion rear end could be more progressiv.
I´m running the X2 with 2 volume spacers (unfortunately the maximimum) and even with 23% of SAG (74kg riders weight without gear) I have to be carefully not to bottom out on smaller drops (e.g. 1-1,2m in flat landings). LSC is set to 10 clicks from closed. On more LSC-damping/less clicks rear end feels to harsh for my preference.

Rider weight of tester and psi would be great to know, if rebound settings are given
  • 2 1
 just for my info: does the progression on the rear really matter.. that is mostly used when you climb, and there the engine does most of the work? I rode a much cheaper EBike a while back, to give it a go.. and even though the suspension was a joke, it did not matter at all, as, in all the places where it would have mattered, the battery did the work... but maybe I misunderstand the concept....
  • 4 0
 @saladdodger:
Of course it matters, Even if motor is rated to category 4 the bike itself is intend to go big with 180mm of travel.
I´m not the haviest rider so doing 1m flat drops and overjumping 4m gaps should be not to much to bottom it out.
  • 1 0
 This is why you need High Speed Compression adjustment on the X2. Buddy runs a DHX2 coil with HSC adjustments at 25-27% sag and you can’t feel any harsh bottomouts
  • 1 0
 @saladdodger: if it is a linear coil as in the case of the Kenevo, it is great for jumping as the bike pops in the air really easy for an ebike with dual crown. Every model is different however I agree that a linear air shock is not great
  • 2 0
 @vanillarice19: Yes, of course HSC ajust would be the solution. But like the test said, its not available on this performance version of X2.
Internal the HSC is set to Medium. OF course it would helps,too to change to DHX2 or another shock.

But the point for me is, that 1m flat drop isn´t so much for an 180m bike. I´m the opinion that this should not lead to to bottom out, by running 23% of SAG with max. volume spacer installed on the OEM shock.
If so, a little bit more progression on the frame would be the better solution, than installing another shock and closing the HSC completely.
  • 2 0
 @saladdodger: I belive you are thinking about anti squat. Progression is about more force required to move the suspension the higher in the travel you get.
  • 4 1
 NX / X01 makes little to no sense. i'd rather have full GX and have the XD driver body rather than having a derailleur with X01 written, but if I want to upgrade my cassette, have to change the hub internals
  • 7 0
 NX cassette is probably all steel, so doesn't wear as quickly for ebike usage?

I miss the EX1 groupset- what ever happened to that? My buddy has one on his ebike and its perfect. 8 speed, all steel but not heavy at all. What isn't nice is that $400 price tag for the cassette. I'd put one on my analog bike for the big jumps if they weren't so pricey.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: Yeah, I don't get why they went away from ebike specific groupsets. Fewer gears, stronger chains/chainrings. Kind of a nobrainer.
  • 1 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: One answer: $$$$

IDK why the ex1 groupset is so pricey, but its easier to just use a cheap boat anchor NX cassette, apparently.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: $429. But on sale and for sale presently on at least one big mail order site. Still on SRAM site
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: show me an ebike spec'ced with them OEM
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: can't. Trek and Spesh wanted carbon cranks for their flagship models and Sram would sell complete groups only? EX1 has already quietly been discontinued because consumers now must have 52t regardless?--beats me. All I'm suggesting is that you don't have to miss it, since it hasn't disappeared yet.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: & EX1 is HG freehub, 11-48t. SRAM doesn't want to make that, unless it hurts Shimano, and SunRace and others are already doing that. And aluminum HG freehub bodies vs motorized pedaling...say bye-bye to any more EX1 production. Singlespeed ebikes would be more sporting anyway
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: So lets do a 10-48 EX2 cassette! Thats what I really want anyways!
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: yes, let's--do you think $2m would be enough to start for on-shore production? That's a lot of $500 cassettes to hawk. I'll take the banks on the left side of the street
  • 1 0
 The Prime 9 groupset is pretty cool looking, except even though they are all steel, they say many times its not rated for ebike use, and have dedicated ebike cassettes that weigh north of 600 grams. I wish I could find a 9 speed cassette that uses anything but HG so I can get that sweet 10 or 9 tooth cog.
  • 3 0
 Another note about the rear axle lever Ralf didn't mention. It also has a t-30 bit for snugging down the pivot and shock mount bolts if they come loose.
  • 4 1
 It just doesn't look like a Scott if it doesn't have 6 cables coming off the bars.
  • 1 0
 I rode a e-genious from last year on size M ,and I thought it will be short for me but no it wasn’t,yes the reach could be a little bit more ,and the 29 in the back was annoying when going steep stuff ,but the bike was well balanced,even that 36 low end was amazing,but I think that cockpit was a mess because of that remote for the shock and fork ,but yes all the rest was fine ,but the bike felt a little bit harder to put it on the right path ,it’s like a tank ,not very room for correcting,and yes that bosh controller ,aí aí aí ,but a very nice bike,this one looks almost the same with more travel but with almost the same angles ,but the position for peddling was spot on
  • 2 0
 I don't have a problem with riding ebikes but how do you loft an ebike onto your roof, over a wall, into the car etc etc.

I almost pulled my back put lifting a 34lb bike necermind 54lb+!
  • 4 0
 That actually seems decent value for an e bike and a Scott.
  • 1 0
 On the website it say 27.5 compatible
Alloy Frame / Virtual 4 link kinematic VLK
27.5" and 29" compatible / geo adj. / Boost 148x12mm
180mm travel / Bosch Gen4 / Integr. removable Battery
  • 2 0
 The Acros Block Lock headset is slick. Nothing worse than your bike falling over and your levers scratching your carbon frame.
  • 3 0
 Cheaper than a Levo, but I’d still need to hold Scott for Ransom to afford that thing.
  • 3 1
 I was almost sold but then I figured out there's no suspension lockout on the handlebars
  • 3 0
 Would be nice if they had them in stock -.-
  • 3 0
 Kickstand mounts? I am in.
  • 3 0
 when's the Ebike DH race gonna happen?
  • 14 12
 Maybe if companies stopped wasting their resources on E-bikes, there would be more parts available.
  • 4 7
 Unfortunately this gem is gonna be buried in here.
  • 1 0
 Doubt they consider it wasted when it's probably making them way more money than selling parts.
  • 1 1
 Nothing against e-bikes in context, but they don't belong on mountain bike trails as they are not bicycles. When two wheels have a motor on it what is it called?...correct, a motorcycle.
  • 1 0
 What's the point of the upside-down shock mount when it doesn't have twinloc, just keeping it in the family?
  • 2 0
 Ralf, can you charge the battery off the bike, in your house?
  • 3 0
 @Timenator: Yeah, you can remove the battery from the frame. Pops out of the lower side of the down tube. If I'm not mistaken I think you can charge all Bosch InTube batteries directly on the battery.
  • 1 0
 @ralf-hauser: thanks dude
  • 3 2
 It's really nice to see the wheels are the same size like they should be on every bike. Also its made of metal.... Hurrah!!
  • 3 0
 Nice paint job!
  • 1 0
 Extreme anxiety trying to do the Euro > US $ conversion - then see comments about dentists and rich people I give up.
  • 1 0
 Back in the day an “E ride “ meant something totally different & it cost less that £5 !
  • 4 0
 Back in the day in the early 90's the good ones were 15 quid. Unfortunately the only white barrels I see these days are white barrels wines. Luckily I have an ebike tho - which is almost as fun as those days in the early 90's in northern england.
  • 1 1
 180mm of travel and no bike park. I question what they expect you to ride. 180mm is actually much more than what you need for most bike parks.
  • 1 0
 what shitty bike parks you go to?
  • 1 0
 Finally Scott bike without the bloody TwinLoc and it's an e-bike, damn again
  • 1 0
 I'm just here to complain that my ebikenews filter let this slip through the cracks... Frown
  • 3 3
 If this is as good a build quality as my @SCOTT-Sports gambler, don’t buy one
  • 3 2
 Gambler 930 build deletes:
Sram x5 drivetrain = noisy kids bike mech
X-fusion coil = no fine tuning
Stock rear wheel; almost dead after 1/2 year.

Otherwise, a beautiful frame that pedals well and turns the roughest ledgy trail into a pow day.

Upgraded fork damper to Charger 2.1
New rear Fox Float X2 tuned by @suspension syndicate.
Cush core rear, and 2.6 tires ; dropper post.
This is my "trail bike" now. Paired with a Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead to keep my form correct, I didn't think I'd love my DH29 so much! Thank you @scottsports
  • 1 0
 where is the nude damper?
  • 1 0
 Why does Scott put the shock upside down on their frames?
  • 2 0
 If it were the other way mud would be more likely to collect and get pushed inside the seals.
  • 1 0
 They forgot to dry off the water spots after rinsing the bike off.
  • 1 0
 That paint scheme just triggers my OCD. I know, I have a problem.
  • 2 1
 Pedal Damn it. We did just fine pre e-bike craze.
  • 1 0
 looks like a powerfly
  • 2 2
 electronic motor bikes suckkkkkk
  • 1 2
 That bike looks like Fred Flintstones dick
  • 4 5
 bike looks like shit
  • 4 6
 Kick Stand mount: says all you need to know about this bike...
  • 2 4
 Wow, that looks like garbage compared to Specialized's new e-bikelol
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