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  • Trek Procaliber 9.6 or Scott Scale 925?
  • chestrockwell
    Full Member

    Any one tried both and able to weigh up the pro’s and cons? Or had one of them and can let me know what they think/thought?

    Looking at a XC hardtail to possibly replace my gravel bike as I don’t get on with drops. These two can both be had for sub 2k, look nice to me, are light and can be made lighter + are far enough away from my other MTB’s to prevent treading on toes.

    Seems you pay for the fancy rear end on the Trek with a lower spec fork compared to the Scott but otherwise they seem similar?

    snotrag
    Full Member

    Check the sizing and geometry arefully on the Scott – if its a 2022 model, its a design that has been around for a very long time, and a bit old fashioned – long/tall seat tubes in particular. Might be an issue, might not.

    The Trek is much more modern. The 2023 Scales even more so – might be worth waiting for one (the specs look good for the money, but you wont be getting a discount and probably not a carbon one much below 2k).

    Based on my first experience of Scott ( a 2023 I’ve had a few weeks), I’m really impressed with the frame quality, the details, etc.

    steve_b77
    Free Member

    Personally I’d buy the Scott, the Pro Caliber has a pretty pants fork, I know the Rhythm is older tech on the Scott but it has a decent damper, tyres are also better IMHO, wheels are much of a muchness, brakes are better on teh Scott and you don’t have to put up with the Knock-Block thingy on the Trek which unless you’re handy with a file means changing stems is a ball ache.

    Size wise I’m 5’11” and on a large Scale 910, I have a 120mm dropper in there with plenty of the bottom of the post out, so the seat tubes aren’t that long, it’s ace for razzing about local XC route, long XC rides and even a bit of racing.

    Fueled
    Free Member

    2022 or 2023 Scott?

    I was recently looking at exactly the same decision and went for a 2022 Scott scale 930. Very happy with it, but maybe I would have been happy with the trek too. Preferred the Scott’s spec, but also not convinced that the fancy decoupled bit on the trek could possibly be much use. I can see the point for removing buzz from a road bike where the idea originated, but how useful can it really be when you already have a 2.25 tyre smoothing stuff out? Seems like a gimmick on an mtb.

    Spec difference between 925 and 930 was tiny when I looked so check whether you think 925 is with the extra.

    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    Thanks all, interesting stuff. I do prefer Fox forks but would probably prefer a more up to date frame…..
    These are what I’ve been looking at:

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    Scott Scale 925 or 930 2022.
    Trek Procaliber 9.5 or 9.6 2023.

    Anything else I should be looking at? Not a Whippet though, had one and it was a bit meh IMO.

    Fueled
    Free Member

    Sonder dial or frontier? Heavier frames but more customisable. Canyon exceed?

    jake123
    Free Member

    I have a procaliber 9.7 and really like it.
    Use it for gravel/bridleways/XC loops and general exploring.
    I weighed up the options available and the extras you get on the 9.7 made sense for the price increase, but I guess it still is a £500+ jump.

    What didn’t you like about the whippet?
    Stock build is a bit meh. But lighter wheels and fork upgrade makes them much better.

    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    Thanks Jake. Probably stretching the budget a little but will have a look. Carbon rims, right?

    As for the Whippet, it was right enough but the SX groupset was woeful and never worked properly so that spoiled every ride. Wasn’t a fan of the industrial build, especially around the bottom bracket. Didn’t like the fact that no thought had gone in to the spec either, high risers, very short stem but on a frame with old school geometry. I’m sure I could have changed loads and made it better but when spending a fair chunk on a bike I want it to feel a bit less white goods than the Whippet did.

    winston
    Full Member

    I bought a Procalibre 9.6 last year as I’m doing some XC Sportifs this year in Holland/Belgium and it was one of the few carbon xc 29ers around for less than 2k.

    It suits my riding around south england too.

    I think the 9.6 is the sweet spot

    I love the frame and the flexi thing really works to take the harshness out of longer rides on the SDW etc. Its definitely the highlite as the rest of the package is pretty meh though the alloy wheels are not bad and actually better than I expected. I changed the bars and seatpost for carbon almost straight away. The brakes are rubbish too but the drive train is really good with XT and SLX throughout, even the chain and cassette

    The forks are terrible, really awful – so they will be changed at some point and the frame is rated for 120mm so that gives more flexibility on an upgrade.

    Overall its a good competent package and ideal for SDW and the type of riding I do in Netherlands which is fast twisty turny singletrack without much gradient (Obvs!)

    wbo
    Free Member

    I had an older 930 and really like it. Great frame compared to some of the more generic carbon bikes

    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    Ta both. It will replace a gravel bike Winston so to too worried about the forks as they can be replaced later and it won’t be tackling anything too rough as I have other bikes for that.

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