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The SCOR 2030 GX Delights On Rowdy Descents & Climbs Like A Dream

The SCOR 2030 GX Delights On Rowdy Descents & Climbs Like A Dream


By giving the 2030 a really slack head tube, SCOR has created a motorbike that’s extremely succesful on tough terrain, whereas nonetheless providing the standard advantages of a shorter journey bike. The 2030 is impressively light-weight, climbs aggressively, and gives a vigorous, poppy trip.

I often trip longer journey bikes, however had a blast testing the 2030’s limits on my native trails. There’s little doubt the 120mm rear finish requires some assist out of your legs and arms on the tough stuff. However, I’d cease wanting saying this bike begs for finesse or smoother line selections. I didn’t hesitate to trip my space’s roughest, steepest trails on the 2030 and solely the chunkiest descents jogged my memory of the bike’s restricted journey.

SCOR 2030 – Key Specs:

SCOR 2030 GX, drive side

For full particulars on the 2024 SCOR 2030, hyperlink to my launch and first trip article from Crankworx Whistler earlier this summer time. Right here’s a fast rundown of its key attributes…

The 2030 is a brief journey path bike that’s meant to be shredded exhausting. It gives 120mm rear journey and comes with a 140mm fork. Frames can be found in full carbon solely, and all fashions roll on 29” wheels. To make sure the 2030 can deal with tough terrain, SCOR made the body simply as robust as their 4060 enduro bike. In addition they gave the 2030 a really slack 64.5° head tube angle, 4-piston brakes, extensive handlebars and stubby stems.


SCOR 2030 GX, geo, slack
Given my native terrain, and this bike’s rowdy intentions, I rode the 2030 in Slack place all through my check.
SCOR 2030 GX, geo, steep

At 5’10”, I rode the M/L 2030. At 477mms, this bike has the longest attain I’ve ever ridden, however I did discover it snug. My arms are practically straightened out with the seat at full peak, so I don’t suppose I might trip something for much longer, however on the paths the size didn’t really feel extreme. I discovered the lengthy attain (and low stack peak) leaned me into a reasonably aggressive using place, which was nice for climbing. Standing up on descents, my weight was properly centered over the bike. 

SCOR 2030 GX, non drive side

SCOR saved the 2030’s rear ends fairly brief, at 429mms on the M/L body. This was accomplished to keep up fast cornering and playfulness regardless of the bike’s lengthy wheelbase. I’ll say the longer rear ends I’ve ridden give bikes an excellent enhance in stability, however the 2030 has sufficient total size to really feel stable on high-speed downhills. Whereas it’s not as agile because the 27.5” Yeti SB135 I lately examined, the 2030 whips round corners and wheelies by means of whoops properly. Furthering stability, the 2030 additionally has a reasonably low BB peak. Standover peak can be pretty low, however not considerably decrease than the opposite bikes in my shed.


SCOR 2030 GX, on scale

SCOR actually desires folks to see this bike as a extremely thrashable trip, however I merely should emphasize how properly this factor climbs too. And the way might it not, weighing in at 30.78lbs with pedals! With different bikes in my shed topping 35lbs, climbing the 2030 was a joyful privilege! The bike is gentle sufficient that it rockets ahead with any spirited effort on the pedals. Additionally, lifting the entrance or rear find yourself over an uphill impediment is a straightforward process.

SCOR 2030 GX, SF, climb

Other than the load, the 2030 additionally has just a few different features that make it an excellent climber. Geometry sensible, the lengthy entrance finish leans you over the bike aggressively, and retains you focused between the wheels guaranteeing stable traction. The steep seat tube leaves you in an excellent pedalling place too. The slack head tube doesn’t go away the bike feeling clumsy on tight switchbacks or hamper its climbing prowess.

After all you’ll be able to’t beat the rolling momentum of 29” wheels. And people fast-rolling Maxxis Dissector/Rekon tires stocked on the 2030 do their half as properly.

SCOR 2030 GX, SF, climbing corner

SCOR’s lower-link pushed on the spot centerlinkage doesn’t wallow deep underneath pedalling efforts or low-speed compressions whereas climbing. I often use pedal switches on most bikes, however the 2030 climbs very properly with the shock left extensive open. With the pedal swap on, the trip was fairly agency and I used to be solely dipping about 5-10% past the sag level on smoother climbs. Even a extremely technical ascent would solely provoke about 40% journey out of the rear shock.

I by no means felt any regarding lack of traction in pedal mode, however on rougher climbs I felt extra planted with the shock extensive open. After a number of rides I took just a few psi out of the rear shock, and even then the rear finish solely dove just a few mm’s deeper whereas climbing. In open mode, essentially the most journey I obtained out of the shock on the bumpiest climbs was about 60%.


SCOR 2030 GX, SF, steep rock roll

Surely, that 64.5° head tube is the 2030’s magic trick! I didn’t hesitate to cost this bike down steep terrain that might simply justify an extended journey bike. When it comes to dealing with the 2030 rides similar to an enduro, however with much less squish to suck up exhausting hits.

On one trip down a really tough and quick descent, I used to be reminded of the bike’s brief journey after I bounced a foot off my pedal after a huge impact. Nevertheless, that was the one time I had any difficulty with dealing with this bike. Whereas somewhat extra physique language is required, I used to be impressed with how enjoyable the 2030 was on gnarly terrain.

SCOR 2030 GX, linkage

The 2030’s suspension is extremely progressive so it might deal with loads of exhausting shredding. On my first few rides I used to be struggling to backside the bike out, however after dropping the shock stress barely (from 25% to 30% sag) I did get each millimeter out of this bike. The progressive linkage retains me to about 80-90% journey on mellower rides, and it takes exhausting hits to eat up all 120mms of the bike’s squish. Once more, I’m a light-weight man however I by no means felt like I used to be abusing the 2030… I used to be simply realizing its potential!  

I additionally discovered the 2030 to supply nice mid-stroke assist. The progressive tune retains the bike from using deep in its journey, so the 2030 can nook exhausting with out wallowing and come out of berms properly. It’s additionally an excellent jumper, due to the supportive suspension and the bike’s low weight. 

SCOR 2030 GX, SF, jump

The 2030’s body was designed to be very robust, but additionally provide some lateral flex within the rear finish. Pounding by means of rock gardens the bike does really feel a bit softer than your typical enduro… I’ve the brand new Trek Slash proper now too, and it’s method stiffer total. For me at 145lbs, I didn’t really feel this flex was extreme. It was simply sufficient to permit the rear finish to squirm by means of rocks or roots and preserve as a lot traction as attainable. Including to its ‘mini enduro’ character, the 2030’s prolonged wheelbase is noticeable because the bike stays fairly steady at excessive speeds. One other factor that makes this bike an excellent descender is the M/L dimension’s 185mm dropper publish. With the seat down, it will get very low so you’ll be able to tuck into steep chutes or slabs simply.  

Body Storage:

SCOR 2030 GX, stash hatch frame storage

I like SCOR’s waterproof ‘Stash Hatch’ storage bag, however what it doesn’t do is cushion what’s inside it. I had a multi software sitting on the high finish of the bag, and I might hear it shaking round contained in the down tube whereas I rode. This will not be an issue when you preserve heavier objects on the backside of the bag.

SCOR 2030 GX, Stash Hatch bag and tools

I had no difficulty becoming a big c02 canister, inflator head, tire levers, and multi software within the bag. Nevertheless, a spare tube needed to be strapped to the body. With what I packed contained in the bag, it took some fiddling to get it out of the body.


SCOR 2030 GX, drivetrain

I’ve lately been using SRAM’s AXS and T-Kind digital drivetrains, however went again to a superb ol’ cable pushed GX drivetrain on the 2030. I’m happy to say how not dissatisfied I used to be! The GX parts carried out virtually completely properly, solely permitting just a few hesitant shifts all through all my rides. SCOR gave the 2030 GX a light-weight carbon crankset, and a compact higher chain information.   

SCOR 2030 GX, rear shock

The 2030 GX’s RockShox Deluxe Final RCT rear shock gives a three-position open mode adjustment. This further swap barely will increase or decreases low velocity compression. I largely rode the shock in its impartial open mode, however did a check run to attempt the opposite settings. After using two comparable sections of a tough path, I can verify the ‘minus’ setting undoubtedly softens impacts higher and permits the shock to dive deeper.  The ‘plus’ setting resists impacts extra, and produces a barely rougher trip.

SCOR 2030 GX, RS Pike fork

The Pike Final RC2 fork proved absolutely ample by way of stiffness. It doesn’t truck by means of tough stuff like an even bigger fork would, nevertheless it’s an acceptable companion for the 2030’s compliant rear finish. 

SCOR 2030 GX, cockpit and seat/post

SRAM’s Code RSC brakes had been nice, even with 180mm rotors they’ve tons of energy to cease this light-weight bike. Additionally, the oil-slick {hardware} on the brakes is a pleasant wanting final touch! I preferred the 800mm extensive SCOR carbon bar/Burgtec 35mm stem combo, because it offers the bike enduro-like dealing with that fits its character.

The BikeYoke Divine 185mm dropper publish carried out with out fault, and once more I beloved how low the seat will get when dropped. Lastly, SCOR gave this bike a WTB Silverado saddle, which I’ve at all times discovered fairly snug.

SCOR 2030 GX, rear wheel

Whereas they don’t match the grip of one thing extra luggy, the Maxxis Dissector and Rekon tires had been fairly good traction-wise on rock slabs and in dusty circumstances. DT Swiss XM 1700 Spline rims held up nice, solely displaying a minor wide-to-side wobble within the rear rim. The 2030’s rims and tires are tubeless prepared, however the bike comes with tubes.

SCOR 2030 GX, front angle

The SCOR 2030 GX retails for $7299. It is available in one ‘Ice Child’ coloration.




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