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Scott Ransom Range Review

Scott Ransom Review

Price:

£2,699.00 - £6,999.00

Finance from:

£74.98/month (0% APR)

Alloy and Carbon Frames
170mm Suspension Fork
170mm Rear travel
29" Wheels
SRAM 1x12 Eagle Drivetrain
Dropper Seat Post

Discipline:

Enduro MTB

Weight:

15.1 Kg / 33.2 lbs *


Riding challenging trails, bike park and wilderness riding. The Ransom excels downhill and climbs very well.

Updated: 29th November 2019

Overview

In the ten years that the Ransom has been away from Scott’s line-up, the mountain biking world has changed. Part of the new breed of long travel 29ers this new bike has taken all these changes on board. The Ransom slots right into the range as the full-on enduro race bike. There are now five models in the range, one women's specific and all 29ers. As with other Scott full suspension bikes, you can easily swap to a 27.5 wheel set up. A flip-chip on the rocker link tweaks the geometry to suit the different wheel sizes.

The Ransom has a lightweight frame and offers 170mm of suspension travel front and rear, combined with dialled angles and Scotts TwinLoc system. This makes the bike super capable on challenging downhill sections, fast on transitions and efficient up the climbs.

* Ransom 920 tested,  Medium size, no pedals.

Scott Ransom

Frame

Lightweight carbon fibre or alloy

There are three different frame options for the Scott Ransom. At the top of the range, the 900 Tuned has a full carbon frame. Using HMX carbon fibre, which is 20% stiffer than conventional high modulus carbon, this frame is incredibly lightweight considering how stiff and strong it is. The Ransom 910 features the same mainframe as the Tuned model with a more affordable aluminium alloy swingarm. The other two bikes in the range all get a full custom-butted aluminium alloy frame. The geometry is the same on every frame option.

All bikes are 29ers, though there is a flip-chip on the rocker that adjusts the geometry to suit a 27.5" wheel if you wanted to try the frame with the smaller wheels. Whichever wheel size you choose, the low, long and slack geometry is ideal for aggressive trail riding on challenging enduro tracks. The seat tube is suitably steep for climbing and the Ransom’s uphill efficiency is further enhanced by the Twinloc suspension system.

One frame, two wheel sizes. All you have to do is flip a chip on the shock mount when going from one wheel size to another.

Scott Ransom Geometry (mm)(Click to expand)

Ransom Geometry

S

S

M

M

L

L

XL

XL

LOW BB Setting

HIGH BB Setting

LOW BB Setting

HIGH BB Setting

LOW BB Setting

HIGH BB Setting

LOW BB Setting

HIGH BB Setting

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

64.5 °

65.0 °

64.5 °

65.0 °

64.5 °

65.0 °

64.5 °

65.0 °

HEAD TUBE LENGTH

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

115.0

115.0

130.0

130.0

TOP TUBE HORIZONTAL

571.1

569.7

604.2

602.7

634.7

633.2

671.3

669.7

STANDOVER HEIGHT

744.6

733.9

746.3

736.5

760.9

751.6

776.5

767.4

BB OFFSET

-22.0

-15.0

-22.0

-15.0

-22.0

-15.0

-22.0

-15.0

BB HEIGHT

353.5

346.5

353.5

346.5

353.5

346.5

353.5

346.5

WHEELBASE

1,182.9

1,181.4

1,215.9

1,214.4

1,249.2

1,247.8

1,288.5

1,287.1

BB CENTER TO TOP OF SEATTUBE

420.0

420.0

440.0

440.0 M

470.0

470.0

500.0

500.0

SEAT ANGLE

75.0 °

75.5 °

75.0 °

75.5 °

75.0 °

75.5 °

75.0 °

75.5 °

CHAINSTAY

437.9

436.0

437.9

436.0

437.9

436.0

437.9

436.0

REACH

406.3

412.0

439.5

445.0

466.5

472.0

499.5

505.0

STACK

613.6

609.8

613.6

609.8

627.6

623.4

641.3

637.0

STEM LENGTH

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

TRAIL

122.5

112.3

122.5

112.3

122.5

112.3

122.5

112.3




Scott Ransom

Suspension

Nude shock with Twinloc suspension

With Twinloc, you can have three bikes in one.


The Ransom uses Scott’s Twinloc suspension system that has been used so successfully on the Genius. The Nude Shock has two positive air chambers and a remote switch system that gives you three distinct settings. In Descend mode both air chambers are fully open which gives you the full 170mm of suspension travel. Traction Control mode reduces the air volume of the shock by closing one of the air chambers. This reduces the amount of suspension travel and makes the bike sit up a little higher. The compression damping on the fork is also increased for a firmer feel. This makes the bike far more effective on technical climbs as well as feeling nimbler on less technical trails. Lockout mode firms the suspension up even more for those long fire road transitions.

Apart from the RockShox Yari on the Ransom 930, all the bikes get a Fox 36 fork offering 170mm of travel to match the rear. The 900 Tuned gets a Factory fork with Performance versions on the other bikes. The 910 and the 900 Tuned get the TR version of the Fox Nude shock. This has a ramp switch which allows you to make the suspension more or less progressive without the need to add or remove volume spacers. A great feature when you need more traction on wet rooty trails one day and then more bottom-out resistance on bike park tracks the next.

Scott Ransom

Groupset

SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrains

You’ll find SRAM’s Eagle groupset, with its massive 500% gear range, on every bike.


It is good to see SRAM’s 1x12 speed Eagle drivetrain on every model in the Ransom range. This means that you get the same gear range, a massive 500%, on every bike. As you would expect you get the slick performance of XO1 on the 900 tuned moving to GX then NX and SX on the more affordable models. The 900 Tuned, 910 and 920, also get powerful four-piston brakes with Shimano XTs or MT520s. The 930 has 4-piston Shimano stopping power too with MT420s.

Syncros components are great quality and a real highlight is the Hixon IC Rise carbon integrated handlebar and stem on the 900 Tuned. This shaves a significant amount of weight off as well as offering a unique look. The dropper post is size specific, with a 125mm drop on the Small sizes, 150mm on the mediums, and 170/175mm drop on the Large and Extra large frames.

Scott Ransom Model Comparison(Click to expand)

 

 

Ransom 930

Ransom 920

Contessa Ransom 910

Ransom 910

Ransom Tuned 900

Price

£2,699.00

£3,499.00

£4,949.00

£4,999.00

£6,999.00

Frame

Alloy SL 6011 custom butted

Carbon mainframe – Alloy swingarm

Full Carbon frame

Fork

RockShox Yari RL Solo Air 170mm

FOX 36 Float Performance 170mm

FOX 36 Float Performance Elite

FOX 36 Float Factory Air FIT 4

Shock

X-Fusion NUDE

FOX NUDE T EVOL

FOX NUDE TR EVOL

Twinloc front and rear

Yes - Lockout-Traction Control-Descend

Ramp Adjust shock progression

No

Yes

Brakes

Shimano MT420 Disc – 203mm front, 180mm rear rotor

Shimano MT520 4 Piston Disc - 203mm front, 180mm rear rotor

Shimano XT M8120 4 Piston Disc - 203mm front, 180mm rear rotor

Dropper seatpost

Syncros Duncan 2.5 Dropper

Syncros Duncan 2.0 Dropper

FOX Transfer

Wheels

29” Syncros X-30S on Shimano hubs

29” Syncros Revelstoke 2.5 wheelset

29” Syncros Revelstoke 2.0 wheelset

29” Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 wheelset

Tyres

Maxxis Minion DHF 60tpi 2.6” EXO, TR Dual

Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6” 120tpi EXO (EXO+ on rear) 3C Maxx Terra

Groupset

SRAM SX Eagle 12 Speed

SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed

SRAM GX Eagle 12 Speed

SRAM X01 Eagle 12 Speed

 




Scott Ransom

Wheels

27.5” or 29er

A great thing about the Scott Ransom is the ability to swap wheel sizes, changing to a different size is easy. Other than buying a compatible wheelset, all you need to do is flip the chip in the suspension rocker and you are ready to slot the new wheels in. All the bikes are equipped with 2.6” tyres but there is enough tyre clearance to fit wider 2.8” tyres with 27.5” wheels.

All the Ransom models are fitted with Syncros Wheels, with the quality improving as you move up through the range. Most of the bikes have Revelstoke wheelsets that feature 30mm tubeless-ready rims. Scott hasn’t skimped on rubber and you get Maxxis Minion DHF tubeless tyres on every bike with the 3C Maxx Terra versions on all but the 930.

Scott haven’t skimped on rubber and you get high-quality Maxxis Minion tubeless tyres on every bike


Scott Ransom

Best for

More challenging trails

The Scott Ransom combines big hit ability with an efficient suspension system and a lightweight frame. This makes it ideal for riders who like to take on the most challenging tracks on all-day-long rides. Enduro racers will love the Ransom. This bike will also appeal to trail riders who like to ride the steeper hand-cut tracks as well as mellower trail centre tracks.

The Twinloc suspension system makes the Ransom more versatile than most 170mm travel bikes. You have the option to enjoy the flow trails on epic loops one day and hard-hitting bike park tracks the next. If you like the ability to change your suspension settings on the fly but want something a bit more trail-oriented, then the Scott Genius may be a better choice. For big hit ability without remote suspension levers have a look at the Specialized Enduro or Orbea Rallon.

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Scott Ransom range models

Scott Ransom 920 pictured

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