Nino Schurter took the world by storm at the first UCI World Cup race last year by winning it on a 27.5in hardtail. He also rode one, to second place at the Olympics.
Scott, which has a whole lot of 27.5in stuff in the works for 2014 decided to sneak this bike out for the Sea Otter. It’s a Scott Scale 27.5in carbon (or ally) hardtail and it’ll be produced in limited numbers and when they’re gone, they’re gone. (For now.)
The bike will come in a 710 an a 740 level version (around £2400 or £4300). The bike features Scott’s easy to use lockout lever for the compatible Fox fork. It also features 15mm thru axle front and 142 x 12mm rear, like an increasing number of XC bikes are doing. If you have other wheels (though it’s unlikely you have existing 27.5in race wheels…) there’s a 135mm QR and 135mm x 12mm versions too.
Wheels obviously are the middle size. Scott was the first big manufacturer to get behind the new standard (and I guess it is a new standard now, seeing as everyone’s doing it, but at the time, Scott was kind of out on its own for a while) and the bike is pretty much the sub kilo frame that Nino was racing.