A reasonably priced range of efficient hardtail mountain bikes, the Aspect series by Scott, is second in line after their premium MTB series _ Scale hardtail. We got to test the Scott Aspect 950 from their 2016 range, and here is what we think of the ride.
The SCOTT Aspect 950 (2016) is made using the Aspect 900 series 6061 alloy frame, widely known for it's ability retain strength even when welded. However, the weight of the cycle did feel a little on the heavier side, when compared to other bicycles with similar components. The design and dimensions of the frame ensure a comfortable riding position. Also, the frame houses provision for mounting two bottle cages!
This bicycle comes with a Suntour XCT-HLO 29 suspension with lock-out and 100mm travel. This made it relatively smooth when tested on a bumpy surface. The lock-out option makes it convenient when riding on smooth surfaces, like a paved path. The only downside of this suspension fork is that it adds to the overall weight of the bicycle.
SCOTT takes the cake when it comes to designing cycles that look spectacular. This holds true with the Aspect 950. Available in two color variants _ black and a neon orange, and blue and green _ this cycle is a definite treat to the eye. The cables are colored, and the internal cable routing adds to the aesthetics of the bicycle. The fact that the saddle also has splashes of color that matches that of the frame, just points out that the designers at SCOTT really do go all out with their creativity.
The Aspect 950 (2016) comes equipped with a Shimano FD-M190 front derailleur and a Shimano Altus RD-M370 Rear Derailleur. The drivetrain is controlled by Shimano Rapidfire Plus 3_8 shifters. The shifting was surprisingly smooth, leaving little room for complaints. The only aspect with room for improvement would be in the number of gears, especially when on a long climb, which would benefit from a larger range.
The Aspect 950 comes equipped with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 160F/160R mm rotors, connected to Tektro SCH-F15 Brake Levers. They were found to be extremely responsive, with no skidding on wet surfaces. When on a dry surface, a feather-light press of the brake levers brings the bicycle to a complete stop.
The bicycle comes with the 680mm, Syncros M3.0 handlebar. The flat handlebar makes controlling the cycle a lot more efficient. The grips on the handlebar were comfortable with sufficient padding, making it great for riding bumpy trails. The spacing of the grips, allowed a comfortable, open-chested riding position.
The tires used on the Aspect 950 (2016) are Kenda Slant 6, 29_2.2 tires, fitted on Syncros X-39 Disc, 32H, black rims. 29 wheels facilitate increased traction, are easier to ride on a trail, and ensure more control over obstacles and debris on trails. The treads on this tire are thick and spaced evenly which ensures good balance and traction, even on wet surfaces.
The Syncros M3.0 saddle on the Aspect 950 is ergonomically designed. However, despite being dimensionally sound, it may be on the harder side, especially while on longer rides.
If you are looking for an MTB with front suspension, and the capability to help you push harder while exploring new trails, the Scott Aspect 950 (2016) is a worthy option. It is built for the MTB rider looking for a mid range performance MTB. An added advantage, it comes with the global reputation and innovation levels of Scott! What more could one ask for?