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Scott Voltage eRIDE 2024

Scott Voltage eRIDE 2024

22.02.24 16:19 83Text: NoBrain (translated by AI)Photos: Daniel Geiger, NoBrain (2), Michael Riehle (4)After the Lumen comes the next E-MTB from Scott with a TQ motor, in appearance and characteristics quite similar to the unmotorized Genius. We have already tried out the whisper-quiet driven, fully integrated All Mountain.22.02.24 16:19 222

Scott Voltage eRIDE 2024

22.02.24 16:19 222 NoBrain (translated by AI) Daniel Geiger, NoBrain (2), Michael Riehle (4)
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After the Lumen comes the next E-MTB from Scott with a TQ motor, in appearance and characteristics quite similar to the unmotorized Genius. We have already tried out the whisper-quiet driven, fully integrated All Mountain.22.02.24 16:19 222

I'll admit it: During the last report from the presentation of the Scott Ransom, I told a little lie.
It was true that I was invited to Catalonia in November 2023. It was also true that the brand new Ransom 2024 was presented in quite a feudal setting. Moreover, it was true that I was quite thrilled with the bike, and also a bit proud of myself for being able to somewhat tame an Enduro.
I lied about the number of new models that were tested in Santa Coloma de Farners: There were actually two. On the one hand, the Ransom, and on the other, a complete newcomer named Voltage.

This product designation was reserved for dirt bikes at Scott in the past. Therefore, I was quite worried before the launch about whether I would survive the trip to the south unscathed.
To my relief: From 2024, a light-motor-assisted All Mountain at Scott's can be called that. The exact name is Scott Voltage eRIDE.

 I have lied, I have cheated 

... and now I present the new Voltage!
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Light Assist All Mountain

As a brief characterization, one could write that it is a suspension-wise upgraded Lumen - or rather, in my eyes more fittingly due to the characteristics of the bike, the further development or electrification of the Scott Genius. If anyone would like to interject that there has been something like this in the form of the Genius eRIDE for years: Yes, indeed. But I am referring to the current, fully integrated Genius.
The geometry and shock of the Voltage essentially correspond to the modernized 150-mm fully for 2023, with quite interesting innovations and expanded by a so-called lightweight motor (instead of the Bosch Performance CX operating in the Genius eRIDE).

Of course, in the Voltage eRIDE, the shock and battery are installed within the frame. Also, the drive, a TQ motor, is discreetly connected to the crank and is not really noticeable at first glance. Moreover, this little powerhouse is so quiet that you can no longer hear it in operation, as soon as the gravel crunches a bit... I can already imagine the indignant reactions to the Voltage eRIDE: "If I use an e-bike, I want to be recognized and heard as an e-biker!"
If you look closely, you can see the subtle differences between a Genius and the Voltage eRIDE. The latter has a bit more suspension travel: 160 mm at the front (with the exception of the two entry-level models, which only have 150 forks), 155 at the rear. The lower cover is naturally larger and "dual-doored". In addition, the geometry has been slightly modified, as the motor also had to find a place somewhere. The weight of the Twentyniner, depending on the equipment package, is around 19 kg.

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A transparent show frame reveals the hiding spots for the shock, motor, and battery. The battery is firmly screwed into the downtube. The light and compact motor design, consisting of only a few individual parts, is built around the bottom bracket, making the motor virtually invisible.
The shock, finally, is positioned similarly to the Genius: upside down, just in front of the motor or crank. Everything has its place, and clever routing ensures that it stays that way. The shock is surrounded by a plastic cover to prevent any cable from getting pinched. The cable of the dropper post is laid in plastic guides, securing its position.

The electronic Sram transmission, if included in the equipment package, is powered by the large battery. This eliminates the need to charge the small battery directly at the transmission or even the need for the mini battery itself. On the other hand, this requires an additional cable in the frame: the connection large battery - derailleur.
Everything is, as already mentioned, perfectly constructed. However, I am concerned about how accessible the parts are for repairs, or how easily they can be replaced if necessary. The experts assure me that this is indeed feasible.

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The Motor

The Voltage is powered by a TQ HPR50. The core of the motor is the Harmonic Pin-Ring transmission - hence its name; the 50 stands for its torque. In contrast to a planetary gear, it requires fewer individual parts like gears, which can cause friction, noise, or wear. Thus, the drive unit conceived in Germany could be made even smaller and quieter.
TQ states the total system weight as 3,900 grams. The motor weighs 1,850 grams, the battery with a 360 Wh capacity another 1,830 grams. Cables and charging plugs have been optimized, resulting in a weight advantage of 60 grams over the premiere model.
The display is integrated into the top tube and offers a few, but essential, pieces of information: range, battery status, selected riding mode, etc. The remote lever mounted on the left of the handlebar is minimalist and operated with the thumb. You can choose between three support modes: "Eco - Mid - High". If you need to push the bike, the walk mode helps you get over this inconvenience.
Via ANT+ sensor, the system can be connected to a bicycle computer and smartphone. In the app, you can define how much power the three modes actually offer. Prefer to sweat more yourself, thus getting longer assistance from the battery, or lean back a bit, but have to recharge sooner. Important in this concept: the motor is not meant to replace one's own power, but to support it.

  • Charging is only possible directly on the bike.Charging is only possible directly on the bike.Charging is only possible directly on the bike.
    Charging is only possible directly on the bike.
    Charging is only possible directly on the bike.
  • The display is elegantly integrated into the top tube.The display is elegantly integrated into the top tube.The display is elegantly integrated into the top tube.
    The display is elegantly integrated into the top tube.
    The display is elegantly integrated into the top tube.
  • The motor weighs only 1,850 g.The motor weighs only 1,850 g.The motor weighs only 1,850 g.
    The motor weighs only 1,850 g.
    The motor weighs only 1,850 g.
  • Minimalist: the handlebar remote control (here next to Twinloc & Dropper Remote).Minimalist: the handlebar remote control (here next to Twinloc & Dropper Remote).Minimalist: the handlebar remote control (here next to Twinloc & Dropper Remote).
    Minimalist: the handlebar remote control (here next to Twinloc & Dropper Remote).
    Minimalist: the handlebar remote control (here next to Twinloc & Dropper Remote).

The Voltage is an entry-level eMTB, Dan from Scott assures me. Well, I think to myself, then it should probably suit me, since apart from a few less glorious laps around Vienna's City Hall Square at the local Argus Bike Festival, I have no experience with an eBike.
Fortunately, the first test rides are a success for me - at least the uphills. On my first downhill on easy terrain, however, I manage to pick up a branch so awkwardly that I destroy the fat Maxxis Dissector 2.6 and a spoke on the rear wheel ... but that's another story.

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 E-MTB for Beginners 

A Question of Definition
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Practical Impressions

Back to the motor! Most of the time I choose the Eco mode. Only for steep steps do I switch up. The Mid mode helps me over almost everything, the High mode surprises me with its performance. For me, that's already too much support. Of course, my previously described experience with eBikes plays a significant role here.
It is extremely positive to note that there is no pushing forward with the TQ motor. It recognizes the pedal position, is also a watt meter, and responds to the cadence, up to 140 revolutions per minute. From this information, the motor derives the appropriate support, up to the predetermined limit. I observe this on the display. There, you have the possibility to read your own watts and the support from the motor. The whole thing works very intuitively and reliably.

I find it very reassuring and nice that not every driving error is corrected by the motor. The right choice of line, even uphill, helps decisively. So, at the key section, I chose the wrong line and, despite the support of the TQ and my years of experience on the bike, can do nothing more than just manage to avoid an embarrassing fall to the side. Unlike most of my colleagues, I did not ride through the test course.

Voltage 900 Tuned

Frame: Carbon HMF, Integr. Suspension Technology, Virtual 4Link Kinematic, UDH Interface, 12x148 mm, 55 mm Chainline Crankset: e*thirteen/e*spec Race Carbon, 34 T.
Sizes: S/M/L/XL Cassette: Sram GX Eagle XS1275 Transmission, 10-52 T.
Fork: Fox 36 Float Factory Grip 2 Air, Kashima, HSC-LSC-HSR-LSR adj., Kabolt 15x110 mm, 44 mm Offset, 160 mm Chain: Sram CN GX Eagle Transmission
Shock: Fox Float-X Nude Factory EVOL Piggy Back Trunnion, Kashima, Scott custom w.travel, geo adj., 3 modes, 155-100 mm, Comp & Reb. adj., T185 x 55 mm Wheels: Syncros Revelstoke 1.0-30 CL, 29", 30 mm TLR, DT Swiss Ratchet Hubs, Sram TyreWiz
Remote System: TracLoc Technology, Rear Suspension & Dropper Remote, 3 Rear Suspension Modes Tires:  Maxxis Assegai 2.6", 60 TPI, TLR, EXO+ 3C maxx Terra/Maxxis Dissector, 2.6", 60 TPI, TLR, EXO+ 3C maxx Terra
Motor: TQ HPR50, 50 Nm Headset: Syncros - Acros Angle adj. & Cable Routing HS System
Battery: TQ internal 360 Wh Handlebar/Stem: Syncros Hixon iC Carbon, 8°/780 mm, S&M: 15 mm Rise, L&XL: 25 mm Rise 
Rear Derailleur: Sram GX Eagle AXS Transmission 12-speed Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper Post 1.5S, 31.6 mm, S-XL: 140/180/210 mm
Shift Lever: Sram GX Eagle AXS Rocker Contr. Saddle: Syncros Tofino 1.5 Regular, Titanium rails
Brakes: Sram Code Silver Stealth 4-piston Disc, Sram HS2 Rotors 200/200 mm Weight: 18.6 kg (Manufacturer's specification)
Chainguide: e*thirteen/e*spec Slider Price: € 10,999

The range extender, or additional battery, which we are allowed to use on the afternoon of the first day, is quite practical. Especially practical because it resembles a 500-ml drinking bottle and can be mounted with an adapter instead of the second drinking bottle. It weighs 900 grams and provides 160 Wh.
For those who haven't counted: Without the extender, two drinking bottles fit in the frame. I think that's very good!

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  • The Range Extender is connected to the socketThe Range Extender is connected to the socketThe Range Extender is connected to the socket
    The Range Extender is connected to the socket
    The Range Extender is connected to the socket
  • ... and into the adapter... and into the adapter... and into the adapter
    ... and into the adapter
    ... and into the adapter
  • ... engaged.... engaged.... engaged.
    ... engaged.
    ... engaged.
  • It delivers 160 Wh.It delivers 160 Wh.It delivers 160 Wh.
    It delivers 160 Wh.
    It delivers 160 Wh.

The 900 Tuned was reviewed. At the beginning, I had some trouble properly maneuvering the 18.6 kg. Soon, however, I adjusted quite well to the bike.
Once again, I was surprised at how the bike masters difficulties if you just let it. Thanks to the hefty Maxxis Assegai 2.6 at the front and the Maxxis Dissector 2.6 at the back, lack of grip was never an issue.
Due to the constant landing after small jumps on flat terrain, my wrists hurt a little. Otherwise, the Piggy Back shock and the multi-adjustable fork smoothed out all obstacles in the way.
Thanks to the low center of gravity, the bike stuck to the ground, and I never felt like I was losing control of the bike when going down and up smaller steep steps.

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 Fascinating how the bike overcomes difficulties, if you just let it 

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Two types of shock absorbers

Similar to the Genius, the Voltage also has two top variants: The SL, comparable to the Genius Ultimate, the "Out of the Box" version; and the 900 Tuned, more comparable to the Genius ST - for those who like to tinker with the setup.
The suspension elements are further developments of the models used in the Genius.
The SL offers control over the suspension fork and shock from the handlebars with just one lever via Twinlock. The shock, a Fox Nude 6T, offers the three well-known adjustment options: Descent - Traction Control - Lockout Mode. In Traction Control Mode, the volume of the shock is reduced and the compression changes. As a result, you sit higher and more efficiently during uphill, finally, the distance between the crank and the ground increases, and unpleasant rock contacts are reduced.

In the 900 Tuned, the Fox Float X Nude is used, in which, in addition to the rebound, the low-speed compression can also be adjusted via a dial. Again, it offers three adjustment options, selectable via TracLoc - so the fork does not automatically adjust in this case. In Descent Mode, both air chambers are open, making optimal use of the 155 mm of travel. In Ramp Control Mode, one chamber is locked - intended for technical uphills, or also in the bike park. In Climb Mode, something similar happens as in Traction Control. The geometry of the Voltage changes towards more ground clearance and a higher seating position.

Both models share Fox 36 Float Factory forks with 160 mm of travel. Here too, the version with Grip2 damping, installed on the 900 Tuned, offers more opportunities for play than the one with Fit4 cartridge, which is used on the 900 SL.

  • In the 900 Tuned: the new Fox Float X Nude shock with Descend, Ramp Control, and Climb Mode as well as LSC adj. At the front, there are also more adjustment options.In the 900 Tuned: the new Fox Float X Nude shock with Descend, Ramp Control, and Climb Mode as well as LSC adj. At the front, there are also more adjustment options.In the 900 Tuned: the new Fox Float X Nude shock with Descend, Ramp Control, and Climb Mode as well as LSC adj. At the front, there are also more adjustment options.
    In the 900 Tuned: the new Fox Float X Nude shock with Descend, Ramp Control, and Climb Mode as well as LSC adj. At the front, there are also more adjustment options.
    In the 900 Tuned: the new Fox Float X Nude shock with Descend, Ramp Control, and Climb Mode as well as LSC adj. At the front, there are also more adjustment options.
  • Almost all other models include Fox Nude 6T variants with the well-known three modes and control via Twinloc. By the way, there's also a remote for the Float X.Almost all other models include Fox Nude 6T variants with the well-known three modes and control via Twinloc. By the way, there's also a remote for the Float X.Almost all other models include Fox Nude 6T variants with the well-known three modes and control via Twinloc. By the way, there's also a remote for the Float X.
    Almost all other models include Fox Nude 6T variants with the well-known three modes and control via Twinloc. By the way, there's also a remote for the Float X.
    Almost all other models include Fox Nude 6T variants with the well-known three modes and control via Twinloc. By the way, there's also a remote for the Float X.
  • In the setup, the sag indicator helps in both cases, found on the non-drive side.In the setup, the sag indicator helps in both cases, found on the non-drive side.
    In the setup, the sag indicator helps in both cases, found on the non-drive side.
    In the setup, the sag indicator helps in both cases, found on the non-drive side.
  • And if the shock absorber needs to be adjusted: Behind this little window sits the shock bolt.And if the shock absorber needs to be adjusted: Behind this little window sits the shock bolt.
    And if the shock absorber needs to be adjusted: Behind this little window sits the shock bolt.
    And if the shock absorber needs to be adjusted: Behind this little window sits the shock bolt.
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Geometry

The main innovations in the Voltage frame are the slightly altered dimensions and an extender in the linkage.
The geometry is more focused on downhill. The head angle of the Voltage is 63.9°, but it can be increased by 1° by rotating the angled bearing cups. Neutral cups for a final result of 64.5° are also included in the scope of delivery. The seat angle measures 77.1° across all sizes from S to XL.
Often, it's the small things that make a difference. The new linkage, as mentioned, has an extender, which ensures that the shock has space for the motor and sits lower, which in turn has a positive effect on downhill, keyword lower center of gravity and better response.

Geometry

Size S M L XL
Seat Tube Length (mm) 405 425 450 480
Head Tube Length (mm) 110 110 120 130
Top Tube Length (mm) 580 600 630 660
Chainstay Length (mm) 455 455 455 455
Wheelbase (mm) 1233 1253 1285 1317
BB Offset (mm) 27 27 27 27
Standover Height (mm) 765 765 772 788
Head Angle 63.9° 63.9° 63.9° 63.9°
Seat Angle 77.1° 77.1° 77.1° 77.1°
Stack (mm) 622 622 631 640
Reach (mm) 437 457 485 513
  • Three different head angles (63.9/64.9/64.5°) are possible with the angled or neutral cups.Three different head angles (63.9/64.9/64.5°) are possible with the angled or neutral cups.Three different head angles (63.9/64.9/64.5°) are possible with the angled or neutral cups.
    Three different head angles (63.9/64.9/64.5°) are possible with the angled or neutral cups.
    Three different head angles (63.9/64.9/64.5°) are possible with the angled or neutral cups.
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    An extender connects the (inner) rocker with the Trunnion Mount. This creates space for the ...
  • Motor and places the shock absorber as low as possible, which in turn is good for the handling.Motor and places the shock absorber as low as possible, which in turn is good for the handling.Motor and places the shock absorber as low as possible, which in turn is good for the handling.
    Motor and places the shock absorber as low as possible, which in turn is good for the handling.
    Motor and places the shock absorber as low as possible, which in turn is good for the handling.
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Models and Prices

The Voltage will be available in six variants, all based on the same Carbon HMF frame. The entry-level models Voltage eRIDE 920 and Contessa Voltage eRIDE 910, the variant for women, can be purchased for €6,599,- RRP. Both models will shift with a combination of Shimano Deore and XT and will decelerate with the Sram DB8 4-piston brake. Suspension is provided by the Marzocchi Z2 Air Rail fork with 150 mm of travel and the Fox Float Custom EVOL Performance shock.

Paying exactly €600 more will get you either the eRIDE 910 or the Contessa eRIDE 900. Here, the suspension components, and thus also the front suspension travel (160 mm), are upgraded. The Fox Float Rhythm Air suspension fork and the Fox Nude 6T EVOL Trunnion ensure that roots and rocks pose no problem for both MTBs.

For the top models, you'll need to dig a bit deeper into your pocket. The 900 SL is offered for a handsome €12,999,- but is also the only model that includes the range extender. The 900 SL is naturally equipped with the finest parts: The Fox 36 Float Factory Air Kashima FIT4 will provide damping at the front, the Fox Nude 6T Factory EVOL Trunnion will do its job at the rear. Shifting will be handled by the Sram XX Eagle AXS Transmission, and the Syncros Revelstoke 1.0S will serve as the wheelset.

The 900 Tuned, my favorite if money were no object, is offered for €10,999. It will be the only model equipped with a dual chamber shock, the Fox Float X Nude Shock. The Sram GX Eagle AXS Transmission will handle the shifting, and braking on both top models will be done with the Sram Code 4 Piston. Additionally, these models share the very pretty Syncros Hixon iC Carbon handlebar/stem unit with a width of 780 mm.

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Conclusion

In summary, I was surprised at how easy the transition to the E-bike or the transformation into an E-biker was. On the first day, we climbed 1,600 meters in altitude without significant fatigue on my part. Uphill, the Voltage takes cues from lightweight hardtails, while downhill, it behaves like a genuine all-mountain bike. With this light E-bike, you can safely navigate over roots and rocks, and even during downhill, you always have reserves for when things get tricky.

To conclude with Dan's claim that the Voltage is an eMTB for beginners, yes, if this assessment is based less on riding technique, budget, or previously accumulated pedal revolutions, but rather on the mindset regarding the need for support: The TQ motor offers support but does not replace pedaling on your own.

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