The Scott Voltage Junior 26 (2016), is an ideal bicycle for young ones looking to venture into the vast world of MTBs. A sure way to enhance their skills and get them hooked onto the cycling world. I got to review the Votlage Junior 26, and here's what I thought.
The Voltage Junior 26 (2016) comes with a C-frame 26, made of Super Stiff Alloy 6061, with hydroformed tubing. The advantage of Alloy 6061 is that it is known for it's agility and strength. The frame material, quality and weld process are mostly found in adult bicycles meant for performance. The cycle is light weight, which is a definite plus point when compared to many steel counterparts available in the market for teenagers.
The front suspension fork used is the Zoom 565 with 100mm travel. This makes it efficient for roads as well as paths and trails.
Scott is known for it's tendency to make superbly designed bicycles. This holds true for the Voltage Junior 26, too. Though made for young adults, this bicycle looks swanky and is sure to catch your eye immediately. Available in a single colour variant of grey and orange, with neon orange bar grips and a matching design on the saddle. Overall, this cycle looks impressive and is guaranteed to make you stand out in group rides.
The Voltage Junior 26 (2016) comes equipped with a Shimano Tourney (TX-50) front derailleur and a Shimano Tourney (TX-50) rear derailleur. The shifting is controlled by Shimano ST-EF41 Easy Fire Plus 7_3 shifters. With the given features of this bicycle, this is an expected basic component that has been used by Scott. The shifting mechanism, however, was surprisingly smooth when tested on a ride. For it's price range, a slightly superior drivetrain could have been used.
The Voltage comes with ProMax V-Brakes. When tested, they were effective in stopping the bicycle immediately. However, when on wet and slippery surfaces, they may slow down a little. This is common with V-Brakes and cannot be faulted. The brake lever, however, could be uncomfortable for people with small hands as it is on the shorter side and requires you to reach inward to use it.
The 640mm/20mm handlebar on the cycle is quite impressive. Being a flat handlebar, it enables superior control of the cycle while on the saddle. The bar grips are worth mentioning, as they are not only colour coded with the cycle, but also extremely comfortable with sufficient padding. Making it easy on the hands when on a bumpy road.
The Scott Voltage Junior 26 comes with Kenda K-905, 26_2.125 tires, which are fitted on Shining MT-24, 32H, back rims. During the test ride these tires rolled over pot holes and rough roads with ease and was a pleasure to ride on smooth roads. The tires are thick with evenly spaced treads making them a great fit for an MTB. The tires are certain to keep traction on slippery, wet roads and muddy trails.
The Voltage DJ VL-7104 saddle that comes with the bicycle, is ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable riding position. I found it slightly on the harder side and felt that this may be a hindrance on a one hour plus ride.
If you are looking for capable yet impressive looking entry-level performance MTB for a teenager, the Voltage Junior 26 (2016) should definitely be an option. It's unique, sturdy Alloy C-Frame resembles that of a BMX bicycle. Also, it has front suspension and a respectable set of entry-level elements for city rides, on smooth roads and on basic trails.