scott scale 965 mtb

2023 Scott

Scale 965

The Scott Scale 965 combines lightweight design, advanced technology, and race-proven geometry for a top-notch XC riding experience. With a Shimano 12-speed drivetrain, RockShox Judy fork, and powerful disc brakes, it's built for speed and control, though it lacks tubeless-ready tires.

  • Category: Mountain Bike, Bike
  • Price: $1,641
  • Frame: Scale Alloy 6061 Custom
  • Fork: RockShox Judy Silver TK Solo Air
  • Remote System: SCOTT RideLoc 2 Remote
  • Rear Deraileur: Shimano SLX RD-M7100 SGS - 12 Speed
  • Fast, quiet, and composed ride
  • Lightweight and race-proven geometry
  • Reliable Shimano SLX-Deore 12-speed drivetrain
  • Powerful Shimano disc brakes
  • Elegant frame design with advanced technology
  • Not equipped with tubeless-ready tires
  • Entry-level fork may limit aggressive riding
  • Limited color options
  • May require fork upgrade for competitive riders
  • Heel clearance issues with wide chainstays

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The Scott Scale 965 is a hardtail mountain bike that brilliantly combines performance, comfort, and advanced technology at a competitive price point. It features a lightweight Scale Alloy 6061 frame and a RockShox Judy 100mm fork with a Maxle axle and RideLoc 2 remote, providing a fast, quiet, and composed ride. Equipped with a Shimano SLX-Deore 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano disc brakes, it offers reliable shifting and powerful stopping. The bike rolls on Maxxis Rekon Race tires, ensuring excellent traction and control. However, it's noted that the bike doesn't come with tubeless-ready tires, which could be a downside for riders looking to upgrade for better performance and fewer flats.

This bike stands out for its race-proven geometry, which is optimized for cross-country (XC) riding. It benefits from Scott's extensive experience in bike racing, with details that enhance both performance and comfort. The frame's design is both understated and elegant, with neat details and a geometry that has been honed over years of evolution. The inclusion of a remote lockout for the fork is a thoughtful touch, particularly useful on long climbs or when riding on varied terrain.

Despite its many strengths, the Scott Scale 965's entry-level RockShox Judy fork is identified as a limitation, especially for riders pushing the bike to its limits. It suggests that while the frame is capable of supporting more aggressive riding, upgrading the fork could unlock even greater performance potential.

Scott Scale 965 Specifications

  • Frame: Scale Alloy 6061 Custom
  • Fork: RockShox Judy Silver TK Solo Air
  • Remote System: SCOTT RideLoc 2 Remote
  • Rear Deraileur: Shimano SLX RD-M7100 SGS - 12 Speed
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M6100-R
  • Crankset: Shimano FC-MT512-1 55mm CL - 32T
  • BB-Set: Shimano BB-MT500-PA / shell 41x89.5mm
  • Chain: KMC X12
  • Cassette: Shimano Deore CS-M6100-12 - 10-51T
  • Brakes: Shimano MT201 Disc Brake
  • Rotors: Shimano SM-RT10 CL - 180mm/160mm
  • Handlebars: Syncros Alloy 6061 T shape Flat - 9u00b0 - 740mm
  • Grips: Syncros Performance XC grips
  • Stem: Syncros Alloy 6061 oversized 31.8mm
  • Seatpost: Syncros / 31.6x400mm
  • Seat: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.5
  • Headset: Syncros - Acros OE
  • Hub: Shimano HB-MT410-B CL
  • Spokes: Stainless Black 15G - 1.8mm
  • Rims: Syncros R27 - 32H - 27mm
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon Race - 2.4" - 60TPI
  • Pedals: Femin FP873ZU
  • Weight: 13.3kg


  • Head Tube Angle: 67.4 deg
  • Head Tube Length: 100.0 MM
  • Top Tube Horizontal: 605.0 MM
  • Standover Height: 786.0 MM
  • BB Offset: -60.0 MM
  • BB Height: 315.0 MM
  • Wheel Base: 1,138.2 MM
  • BB Center to Top of Seat Tube: 440.0 MM
  • Seat Angle: 75.0 deg
  • Chainstay: 425.0 MM
  • Reach: 442.8 MM
  • Stack: 605.3 MM
  • Stem Length: 60.0 MM
  • Trail: 112.6 MM

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