Scott Ransom 900 Tuned AXS
Could it get any flashier? With its white-blue finish, the SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned AXS is styled from top to toe, with frame details and components superbly matched to the colour scheme of the bike. The elegant Syncros Hixon iC cockpit designed in-house by SCOTT is particularly striking, with the handlebar and stem joined together in a single carbon piece. However, the wide and light 800 mm cockpit doesn’t allow for fine-tuning, except for the stem height that can be changed using spacers. No doubt this contributes to the Ransom’s competitive 13.72 kg weight. One of the highlights is the 170 mm FOX Factory suspension equipped with the TwinLoc system, which allows you to lock out the suspension in three stages via a remote on the handlebars. SCOTT call the three modes Lockout, Traction Control and Descend. Unfortunately, the FOX 38 fork has to make do with the more basic FIT4 damper, not actually intended for the 38 model, because the superior GRIP2 model isn’t compatible with the TwinLoc system. What a pity! The rear of the Ransom also relies on a custom component: the FOX Nude TR shock. This doesn’t have a piggyback or an externally adjustable compression setting, except for the TwinLoc presets. In return, a small lever on the shock (Ramp +/-) allows you to modify the behaviour of the air spring curve in the open Descend mode: in other words, the Ramp Adjust lets you change the progression of the shock to suit the trail conditions – even on a long tour. On the trail, the extensive chainstay protector and high build quality of the Ransom ensure a quiet ride. Only in the cockpit area does the cable routing remain a little messy, spoiling the otherwise clean look. Here, other bikes like the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO, offer much cleaner solutions. Although the drivetrain is wireless and the cables are neatly bundled together with spiral bands, the cockpit of the SCOTT looks crammed and untidy. This can be especially overwhelming for your left thumb, because it has to operate three different levers – both TwinLocs and the dropper remote.
- Ransom Carbon HMX Frame
- FOX 38 Float Factory 170mm Fork
- FOX Nude TR EVOL, TwinLoc, 170mm
- SRAM X01 AXS Eagle 12 Speed
- Shimano XT 4 Piston Disc Brakes
- Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 TR Wheels
- Maxxis Kevlar Tires
- FOX Dropper Post, Syncros CF Parts
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