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Scott Ransom 2024

Scott Ransom 2024

01.02.24 16:27 730Text: NoBrain (translated by AI)Photos: Daniel Geiger, NoBrain (3)Scott has overhauled its Enduro, revived in 2019, and invited Bikeboard to test it in advance in beautiful Catalonia. NoBrain seized the chance for summer in November - and tells below how he became a fan of gravity thanks to the modernized 170-mm fully.01.02.24 16:27 746

Scott Ransom 2024

01.02.24 16:27 746 NoBrain (translated by AI) Daniel Geiger, NoBrain (3)
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Scott has overhauled its Enduro, revived in 2019, and invited Bikeboard to test it in advance in beautiful Catalonia. NoBrain seized the chance for summer in November - and tells below how he became a fan of gravity thanks to the modernized 170-mm fully.01.02.24 16:27 746

Happiness is … primarily, of course, when everything is right with and within the family. When everything at home is running smoothly, I can also immerse myself in other projects from time to time, which make me happy.
Or possibly unhappy? Because honestly: When I was invited in late autumn 2023 to travel to Catalonia as a representative for Bikeboard, to report on Scott's product launch of the new Ransom coming to market in February 2024, new Ransom, I was not so sure about my suitability as a test rider.
In the Enduro sector, as experienced eyes might also recognize from the helmet model I wear, I do not necessarily see my greatest strengths in mountain biking. But one tries. And learns. And develops.
So, I booked the flight to Barcelona and back. Thanks at this point to NoPain, who gently nudged me in the right direction. And after all: I deliberately left my one-piece at home ...

The invitation was to Santa Coloma de Farners near Girona. There, local trail fans have largely on their own initiative set up a large bike park that is really worth a visit. The routes are so close together or intersect so frequently that it is also helpful for locals to check on their phones every now and then where they are wandering around, so as not to accidentally take a wrong turn.
Additionally, I was lucky to escape from rainy Vienna with around 6 degrees Celsius maximum temperature to a truly late-summer Catalonia despite November. All in all, perfect conditions for the launch.

 Happiness is ... 

Being able to travel from the cold, wet November in Vienna to the late summer in Catalonia for the Scott presentation as a BB representative...
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Next Generation

A modernized Ransom was presented, featuring revised geometry and new kinematics.
We remember: A bike by this name first saw the light of day in 2006. It made a huge impact with its lightweight 160 mm of travel, the voluminous Equalizer shock, and its potent downhill performance despite good pedaling efficiency.
In 2019, the Ransom made its comeback, this time as a robust 170 mm travel enduro with the TwinLoc suspension system and variable wheel size.

Just like its predecessors, the 2024 Ransom is clearly designed as an enduro bike. And in its new guise, I am assured, even more downhill-oriented than the older models.
Here, Scott remains true to its philosophy of equipping new models with more downhill qualities, without forgetting that every downhill starts at the top of the mountain - and this "top" wants to be reached without constantly relying on lifts or other means of ascent.

Speaking of philosophy: With the new Ransom, it is also proven that even shocks for 170 mm of travel can be hidden within the frame.
So, joining the Spark and Genius, a third full-suspension bike now belongs to the long-travel faction, with the shock inside the frame. Scott calls this design "All Integrated.

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First Impression

Already the first test rides made it clear that the bike does what it's supposed to do. I always need a bit of time to switch from my hardtail to other bikes. However, it didn't take long, and I was able to really push the Ransom.
Despite - or perhaps because, as for an enduro with 17 centimeters of suspension travel, it's actually quite lightweight - its 15.2 kilograms (900 RC) it climbs easily. Root edges or stone steps are usually not a problem. The fat tires cling to the ground thanks to the sensitive suspension. If you have the necessary strength in your legs, the (compared to my private hardtail) additional kilograms even help, because you stick better to the ground, even uphill.

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On the trail downhill, the Ransom is definitely a force to be reckoned with. For me, the trip and the bike itself expanded my MTB horizon.
For example, roots that I would have considered a serious obstacle until now: suddenly, they served as a launchpad for small drops. Despite countless smaller jumps with landings on flat terrain, my wrists didn't hurt. Moreover, I dared to tackle steep steps that I surely wouldn't have ridden before. Yet, during the days in Santa Coloma, I never encountered any difficulties or even fell.

In retrospect, I pondered why everything had gone so smoothly in Catalonia. In my opinion, it is due to the interplay of many smaller and larger puzzle pieces:

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Tech Talk

The frame is, as with any bike, the centerpiece. Where do I place the shock absorber? How do I ensure that the acting forces are correctly directed? How large should the relevant angles be?

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For me, the integrated shock and the linkage are the decisive criteria.
The integrated design allows the shock to be placed lower than on many other bikes. In the new Ransom, the shock is positioned horizontally close to the ground within the frame. As a result, the bike's center of gravity shifts downwards. Moreover, the shock is protected from dirt and the like, and seat posts with longer travel - up to 18 centimeters in size M - can be installed.
The frame itself is made of carbon for all models, although the fibers used vary depending on the price range: HMX for the top model, HMF for the rest. The swingarms are also made of carbon (900 RC) or, for the more affordable models, from 6061 aluminum. The chassis appears extremely solid, and I am assured that it is among the most stable in the Scott lineup.

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  • Leverage ratio: The progressive design combines high sensitivity at the beginning of the suspension travel with solid support in the middle and good bottom-out protection towards the end.Leverage ratio: The progressive design combines high sensitivity at the beginning of the suspension travel with solid support in the middle and good bottom-out protection towards the end.Leverage ratio: The progressive design combines high sensitivity at the beginning of the suspension travel with solid support in the middle and good bottom-out protection towards the end.
    Leverage ratio: The progressive design combines high sensitivity at the beginning of the suspension travel with solid support in the middle and good bottom-out protection towards the end.
    Leverage ratio: The progressive design combines high sensitivity at the beginning of the suspension travel with solid support in the middle and good bottom-out protection towards the end.
  • Anti-Squat: Diagrams, as ride impressions confirm, show the efficient pedaling characteristics with only minimal pedal kickback in all three damper modes.Anti-Squat: Diagrams, as ride impressions confirm, show the efficient pedaling characteristics with only minimal pedal kickback in all three damper modes.Anti-Squat: Diagrams, as ride impressions confirm, show the efficient pedaling characteristics with only minimal pedal kickback in all three damper modes.
    Anti-Squat: Diagrams, as ride impressions confirm, show the efficient pedaling characteristics with only minimal pedal kickback in all three damper modes.
    Anti-Squat: Diagrams, as ride impressions confirm, show the efficient pedaling characteristics with only minimal pedal kickback in all three damper modes.
  • Anti-Rise: The suspension behavior when braking is above all: pleasant because it is active and predictable.
 Anti-Rise: The suspension behavior when braking is above all: pleasant because it is active and predictable.
 Anti-Rise: The suspension behavior when braking is above all: pleasant because it is active and predictable.
 
    Anti-Rise: The suspension behavior when braking is above all: pleasant because it is active and predictable.
     
    Anti-Rise: The suspension behavior when braking is above all: pleasant because it is active and predictable.
     
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The frame and swing arms are connected via a six-joint rear suspension. Thanks to this rocker and design, the bike responds very sensitively, as the 6-link kinematics make it possible to tune every parameter independently of the others.
On one hand, small irregularities are enough to make the shock respond; on the other hand, with larger obstacles, the compression becomes increasingly stronger, which prevents bottoming out.
Two more important characteristics are the behavior of the damping during braking and the kickback when pedaling. During the test rides, I feel that I can brake without blocking the shock. When I pedal uphill, I only feel minimal swinging.

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Geometry

Size S M L XL
Seat tube length (mm) 380 410 440 470
Head tube length (mm) 95 100 115 125
Top tube length (mm) 570 599 624 649
Chainstay length (mm) 440 440 440 440
Wheelbase (mm) 1207 1239 1270 1300
BB Offset (mm) 25 25 25 25
Standover height (mm) 719 725 737 755
Head angle (-0.6° Headset) 63.8° 63.8° 63.8° 63.8°
Seat angle 77° 77.2° 77.4° 77.6°
Stack (mm) 615 619 633 642
Reach (mm) 428 458 483 508

The modern geometry with a steep seat angle of 77.4° (size L) and a flatter steering angle of 63.8° ensures safety during downhill and the necessary central seating position during uphill.
In conversation with the Scott designers, I learn that they did not blindly follow the common longer-slacker-steeper credo, but paid special attention to a balanced equilibrium of factors.

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    The bike is delivered with a 63.8° head angle. 64.4° and 65° are also possible.
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    Flip the FlipChip below the sag indicator, hang in the 27.5" rear wheel, and the mullet setup is perfect.

For the individualists among us: The head angle can be varied by those with some technical skills using angled or (included in the delivery) neutral headset cups independently between 63.8/64.4/65 degrees. This allows for the personal preferences of the riders and the varying requirements of the trails to be accommodated.
Those who like riding with a 27.5 inch rear wheel can do so with the Ransom as well. A flip chip on the chainstay makes it possible. Simply flip the metal plate in the oblong hole, mount the smaller wheel, and off you go. I haven't tried it out, but I even trust myself to flip the flip chip without help.

 Killer Geometry 

How Scott describes the final dimensions of the 24-inch Ransom
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Since Enduro riders often swear by "their" shocks, the Ransom is compatible with various shock absorbers. Thus, according to the table, brands from Fox, RockShox, Ohlins, and Marzocchi can be retrofitted.

Suspension Options

Manufacturer Product
Fox Float X, Float X2, DHX, DHX2
RockShox Superdeluxe Air
Ohlins TTX22 Coil, TTX2 Air
Marzocchi Bomber Air, Bomber Coil

The Fox Float X Nude shock, which is installed on the test bike, the 900RC, in the exclusive Factory version unlike all other equipment variants, can be operated from the handlebars via the TracLoc lever and allows three settings: Open, using the full range of the shock. In the middle position, the shock gets a bit more progression. This can be helpful in the bike park during fast downhill rides. The third option further tightens the response and is intended for uphill.

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    The left lever on the Ransom:
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    Shift on the right. And that's it.
    Shift on the right. And that's it.
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    and expanded puncture repair kit in the storage compartment
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    or for the internal cable routing.
    or for the internal cable routing.

On the frame, there are two removable flaps that provide generous access to the shock absorber and the internally routed Bowden cables.
Of course, having the shock absorber inside does not make working with the cables easier, but if you are reasonably skilled and never forget to connect new parts with the old ones before pulling them out, changing should not present a big problem.

Moreover, the larger flap located at the bottom of the frame also offers some protection for the frame. Twice I have loudly bottomed out there on larger steps. A check did not even reveal a scratch on the flap.
Also accessible by removing the cover is a puncture repair kit hidden in the downtube, the Synchros Matchbox Kit. It includes at least a tube, a tire lever, and a multitool including a chain tool.

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    further leading to the tube,
    further leading to the tube,
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At the front, the 900 RC uses the highly adjustable Fox 38 Float Factory fork. I didn't really have time to play around with the setup; but the fork was obviously perfectly tuned for me by the Scott mechanics. I can't fault it, neither uphill nor downhill.
My attempts at jumping never put the Fox in a tight spot, just as fast rough sections were easily manageable. Uphill, it integrated nicely into the overall picture: I had traction on the front wheel in tight, sandy curves, and there was also very little bobbing.

Tech Specs Ransom 900 RC

Frame: Ransom Carbon HMX, Integr. Suspension Technology, 6-Link-Kinematic, BB92, UDH Interface, 12x148 mm, 55 mm chainline, MX ready Crankset: Sram X0 Eagle Transmission, Bash guard,  DUB, 32 T.
Sizes: S/M/L/XL Cassette: Sram X0 Eagle XS1295 Transmission, 10-52 T.
Fork: Fox 38 Float Factory Grip 2 Air, Kashima, HSC-LSC-HSR-LSR adj., Kabolt 15x110 mm, 44 mm Offset, 170 mm Chain: Sram CN X0 Eagle Transmission
Shock: Fox Float X Nude Factory EVOL  Piggy Back Trunnion, Kashima, Scott custom w.travel/geo adj., Comp. & Reb. adj., 3 modes: 170-130-Climb, T205x65 mm Wheels: Race Face Turbine R 30, 28H, TLR, 29", XD Freehub, Syncros Axle 110x15/148x12
Remote System: TracLoc Technology, Rear Suspension & Dropper Remote Tires:  Maxxis Assegai 2.5", 60 TPI, EXO+, TR, 3C Maxx Gripp
Maxxis Dissector 2.4", 120 TPI, DD, TR, 3C Maxx Terra
Headset: Syncros - Acros Angle adj. & Cable Routing HS System, +/- 0.6° Handlebar/Stem: Syncros Hixon iC Carbon, 8°/780 mm, S&M: 15 mm Rise, L&XL: 25 mm Rise, 40 mm 
Rear Derailleur: Sram X0 Eagle AXS Transmission 12-spd Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper Post 1.5S, 31.6 mm, S 140/M 180/L-XL 210 mm
Shift Levers: Sram Eagle AXS Rocker Contr. Saddle: Syncros Tofino 1.5, Titanium frame
Brakes: Sram Code Ultimate Stealth 4-piston Disc, front/rear HS2 Rotors 200 mm  Weight: 15.2 kg according to manufacturer (Tubeless-Setup w/o Matchbox IS)
Bottom Bracket: Sram DUB PF 92 MTB Wide Price: € 9,999
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Another very, very important piece of the puzzle are the wheels and tires. What good is the best frame, if I were to install a road wheelset? I know, it's a bit far-fetched, it's just meant as a thought experiment.
For the test bike, the rims came from Race Face, specifically the robust Turbine R30 made of 6069 aluminum with a 30 mm internal width. The rubbers were provided by Maxxis, the Assegai in front with a 2.5 inch width, and the Dissector in the rear, 2.4 inches wide, of course, tubeless. For me, this combination was the perfect carefree option. No matter how hard I turned, no matter how I landed after a jump, no matter how steep it was: I always had grip and never felt that the wheels could fail in their service.

 Push your boundaries! 

... called out to me the Ransom and the Enduro trails

The Ransom 900 RC is consistently rounded off by top-notch components: It shifts with the Sram X0 Eagle AXS Transmission and brakes with the Sram Code Ultimate 4-piston brake.
The saddle with titanium rails, the retractable seat post (consistently: Duncan 1.5S), and the grips are, as usual for Scott, supplied by their own brand Syncros.
Last but not least, the handlebar-stem unit, also from Syncros, should be mentioned. It is not only very, very beautiful but also offers a lot of safety because there are only the mounting screws on the steerer tube. In my understanding, additional screws between the handlebar and stem are just potential break points, which do not exist with the Hixon iC cockpit.

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Models and Prices

Initially, four equipment packages will come to market with non-binding recommended retail prices ranging from €5,199 to €9,999, with a women's variant of the 910, identical in equipment except for the saddle and with a different paint job, also being offered with a reduced size range (S, M, L instead of S-XL).

The spearhead is the already extensively reviewed Ransom 900 RC at a just four-digit price. The Ransom 910 or Contessa Ransom 910 costs €7,999 and comes with a Fox 38 Float Performance Elite fork, electronic Sram GX Eagle gearing, Sram Code RSC 4-piston brakes, Syncros Revelstoke 2.0 wheelset, and weighs 15.7 kg.
For exactly €2,000 less, there's the Ransom 920, which relies on a RockShox Zeb Select+ for suspension, shifts with a Sram NX with SX-Trigger, and slows down with Sram DB8 4-piston brakes, rolling on Syncros Revelstoke 2.5 wheels. Starting from this price range, one has to forego the beautiful, one-piece Hixon Carbon cockpit in favor of a two-piece aluminum version – resulting in a weight of 16.4 kg according to the manufacturer.
And the entry into enduro fun starts with the Ransom 930 at €5,199 and 16.7 kg. Here, RockShox's Domain R fork, Shimano's Deore group including 4-piston brakes, and a combination of Formula CL hubs plus Syncros X-30S rims are intended to provide refined off-road enjoyment.

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Conclusion

Positively, I would highlight the relative ease with which you can reach the top end of the trails despite 170 mm of suspension travel on the new Ransom. Then, heading in the opposite direction, I know my limits quite well. I was pleased with how far I could push these limits into the previously unimaginable in Catalonia.
This was made possible by the interplay of the puzzle pieces described above: Integrated damping, sophisticated kinematics, perfectly balanced geometry, and harmonious equipment.

Since I am not the most talented when it comes to service and maintenance, I would consult a professional in a timely manner before I break something, especially regarding fine-tuning. However, I am sure that changes to the setup - keyword geometry, suspension settings - or various repair or renewal tasks such as cable routing can also be done on one's own.

And have I actually become a gravity fan now? I would like to answer that based on the words of a friend: "Without the support of an enduro bike, many things are still possible. But it's more dangerous and much less fun."

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