Scott Scale 26" Bike Options--Weight vs Price--Pay More for Bike or Just Upgrade?

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by sandico

So, a question for weeniedom. I am looking at a couple of New Old Stock 26" Scott Scale bikes. One is the SL, the other the Premium. I realize 26" is an anachronism but I have tried the 27 and 29 and don't care for them. Plus these bikes are GREAT deals since they are old and 26". Per Scott's 2012 catalog, the SL is 16.43 lbs in size M, whereas the Premium is 19.38. The SL is about $2,000 more. My question is this: Am I better off buying the Premium and swapping out select parts to drop the weight? In past projects I have done this. That way I get cash from selling the slightly heavier parts that I can use toward lighter ones. What I do not know here however, since I am more a roadie, is whether there are any insurmountable issues on the Premium build? I don't think so but that's where I welcome feedback. My general plan would be to swap the 3x crankset for a 2x with probably SRAM XX (I do want 2x, not 1x), and change the 3x front der. with XTR. Beyond that I would assume the biggest weight differences between the Premium and SL are the wheelsets and the fork.

Any feedback appreciated (other than telling me I shouldn't get a 26er).


Builds are as follows:


FRAMEScale Carbon, IMP3, HMX NET, Tapered HT, PM 160 Disc, PFBB92FORKRock Shox SID XX, tapered steerer, Air, XLoc remote LockoutREAR SHOCKNoneHEADSETRitchey Pro Tapered 1.5“ - 1 1/8“SEATPOSTRitchey WCS Carbon, 34.9mmFRONT DERAILLEURShimano XTR, FD-M981, 34.9mmREAR DERAILLEURShimano XTR, RD-M980 SGS, Shadow TypeCRANKSETShimano XTR, FC-M980, Hollowtech 2, 42Ax32Ax24ABOTTOM BRACKETShimano SM-BB91-41A, shell 41x89.5mmBRAKE CALIPERSShimano XTR, M985 Disc, 180/F and 160/R mm SHIFT LEVERSShimano XTR, SL-M980, Rapidfire PlusCASSETTEShimano XTR, CS-M980, 11-36 CHAINShimano CN-HG94WHEELSDT Swiss Tricon S10 CL, TubelessHANDLEBARRitchey Carbon WCS, Flat, 9° bend, 680 mmBRAKE LEVERSShimano XTR, XC M985 DiscSTEMRitchey WCS C-260, Oversize 31.8mmSADDLESelle Italia SLR XP Team Edition, VanoxTIRESSchwalbe Rocket Ron EVO, 26 x 2.1


FRAMEScale Carbon, IMP3, HMX NET, Tapered HTFORKDT Swiss XRC 100 Race, Air springREAR SHOCKNoneHEADSETRitchey WCS Carbon Tapered 1.5“ - 1 1/8“SEATPOSTRitchey Superlogic Carbon, 34.9mmFRONT DERAILLEURSram XX, High Mount bottom pull 38.2mmREAR DERAILLEURSram XX, carbon long cage, 20SpeedCRANKSETSram XX, BB30, Carbon crankarm, QF 156, 39Ax26ABOTTOM BRACKETSram XX, PF30 int., shell 46x73mmBRAKE CALIPERSAvid XX World Cup, 160/F and 160/R mm HSX CL RotorSHIFT LEVERSSram XX TriggerCASSETTESram XX, 11-36 CHAINSram PC 1091WHEELSDT Swiss XR-SL Carbon, Carbon rimHANDLEBARRitchey Carbon Superlogic, Flat, 9° bend, 680mmBRAKE LEVERSAvid XX World Cup CarbonSTEMRitchey C-260 Carbon MatrixSADDLESelle Italia SLR, Carbon railsTIRESSchwalbe Furious Fred EVO, 26 x 2.0

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by poynt

I built my 2012 premium, stripped frame (816g) etc and have gotten it down to 5.7kg with most parts, NOS or preowned from flebay or other forums, so the costs were pretty good. I have some Scale 600RCs if your after a cheap frame

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