Updated: 31st August 2018
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 while still keeping 27.5” wheels alive this new bike has taken all these changes on board. The Ransom slots right into the range as the enduro race bike to replace the Genius LT. In this first look Scott Ransom review we look at all the models in the range. There are two wheel size options with four 29ers and two 27.5” bikes. As with other Scott full suspension bikes you can easily swap between wheels. 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 an efficient multi position shock. This makes the bike super capable on challenging downhill sections, fast on traverses and efficient up the climbs.
There are three different frame options for the Scott Ransom. At the top of the range the 900 and 700 Tuned have 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 main frame as the Tuned bikes with a more affordable aluminium alloy swing arm. The other three bikes in the range all get a full custom butted aluminium alloy frame. The geometry is the same on every frame option.
Both the 27.5” wheeled bikes and the 29ers share the same frame and there is a flip chip on the rocker that adjusts the geometry to suit. Which ever 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.
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 Tuned bikes get a Factory fork with Performance versions on the other bikes. The Tuned bikes and the 910 also 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.
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 tuned bikes moving to GX then NX on the more affordable models. The Tuned bikes also get SRAM’s Code RSC brakes that offer DH levels of stopping power. The 910, 920 and 720 also get four piston stoppers with Shimano XTs or MT520s. The 930 has Shimano stopping power too with MT500s.
Syncros components are great quality and a real highlight is the Hixon IC 1.0 Rise integrated handlebar and stem. This shaves a significant amount of weight off the Tuned bikes as well as offering a unique look. The dropper post is size specific, with a 125mm drop on the Small sizes and 150mm on the rest. The Tuned bikes get a Fox Transfer post with a Syncros XM 1.5 or 2.0 on the others.
A great thing about the Scott Ransom is the ability to swap wheel sizes. While you will buy either a 9 series with 29” wheels or a 7 series with 27.5” wheels, 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 haven’t skimped on rubber and you get Maxxis Minion 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.
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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