SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned 2019 review | ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine


Everything about the SCOTT Ransom hints at a love for speed – 29 “wheels, 170 mm travel, and a 64.5° head angle. Surprisingly, on the trail the bike turns out to be one of the most versatile of the competition. Our test reveals why that is.

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Scott Ransom 900 Tuned | 170/170 mm (f/r) | 13.53 kg | € 7,599

In the past, this bike was a classic in SCOTT’s portfolio, but over the last few years, things have been very quiet around the SCOTT Ransom. Now it’s back, but apart from the name, this reincarnation has little in common with its predecessor. The pull-shock has given way to a FOX Nude with TwinLoc technology. The progression of the shock can also be adjusted via a small lever without the need for tools. At the front, you’ve got a FOX 36 Factory Performance fork, which can also be locked out via the TwinLoc remote. As has become typical for SCOTT, our top-of-the-range € 7,599 model features their futuristic Syncros Hixon iC Rise cockpit. The componentry is rounded off with a SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, a 150 mm FOX Transfer dropper seat post and Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 wheels. Most noticeable are the big 29 x 2.6″ wide MAXXIS Minion DHF tires. Thanks to a flip-chip in the rocker link, the Ransom is available with either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels. Weighing in at 13.53 kg, it was also one of the lightest bikes in the group test.

The SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned in detail

Fork FOX 36 FLOAT Factory 170 mm
Shock FOX NUDE TR EVOL Trunnion 170 mm
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seatpost FOX Transfer 150 mm
Handlebar & Stem Syncros Hixon iC Rise 780 mm
Wheels Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 29″
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHF 2.6″
Weight 13.53 kg
Price € 7,599

SCOTT has managed to neatly integrate all the levers. Unfortunately, the dropper post lever we used most often is difficult to reach.

The chainstay guard effectively quietens the chain, making the bike ride very quietly!
Too wide?
The 2.6″ wide MAXXIS Minion DHF lacks puncture protection. We would rather resort to the slightly narrower 2.5 WT variant. For really gnarly riding, we’d go for a tire with the Double-Down casing.

Ramp it up!
The progression on the Ransom’s shock can be adjusted via a small lever. We liked the more progressive setup most. It offers more support and ensures a balanced weight distribution.
Very pretty
The Syncros Hixon iC Rise Cockpit looks futuristic and if the dimensions suit your preferences, it’s awesome. Some of our testers prefer less backsweep and would replace the handlebar and stem.
Size S M L XL
Seat tube 420 mm 440 mm 470 mm 500 mm
Top tube 571 mm 604 mm 635 mm 671 mm
Head tube 100 mm 100 mm 115 mm 130 mm
Head angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
Seat angle 75° 75° 75° 75°
Chainstays 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm
BB Drop 22 mm 22 mm 22 mm 22 mm
Wheelbase 1183 mm 1216 mm 1249 mm 1289 mm
Reach 406 mm 440 mm 467 mm 500 mm
Stack 614 mm 614 mm 628 mm 641 mm
Helmet Fox Rampage | Goggle 100% Accuri | Jersey ION Tee LS Traze Amp | Shorts ION Bikeshorts Traze Amp | Knee pads ION K-Pact

You can immediately feel the bike’s weight, or lack thereof, as you get on to it. The Ransom accelerates extremely quickly, willingly sprinting forward. The sitting position is perfect and with the TwinLoc system in traction control mode, the Ransom climbs more efficiently than many trail bikes. We would prefer it if only the shock got locked out and the fork remained fully open. A little bit of extra comfort would have been especially helpful on very steep and technical climbs, as would the steeper seat tube angle you would get with slightly more sag in the fork. Once you open the suspension from the bar remote, the rear end is very sensitive and plush on the trail.

From trans-alpine adventures to days in the bike park – the Ransom is ready for everything!