Scott Scale 29 Pro

$2,500

Scott Scale 29 Pro     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

THE SELL: Ultralight hardtail for amateur and aspiring racers.
THE TEST: A few years ago, a sub-1,000-gram road frame was revolutionary. So the fact that a 29er now checks in at just 949 grams is a wonder. Credit Scott's precision shaping technology, which adds stiffness in the wide top tube and beefy bottom bracket but flattens the tubing for vertical flex, taking the sting out of the trail. "It flies without beating you to a pulp like most hardtails," one tester said. Nice touch: you can (conveniently) lock out the Reba 29 RL front fork with a handlebar-mounted lever.
THE VERDICT: "Killer deal! I've paid as much for bare frames this good," one tester raved. 24.1 lbs; scott-sports.com
CLIMBING: 4.1
DESCENDING: 3.7

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