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On-One Scandal

It's colour, it's handling, it's looks! Scandal 1st ride. After posting a picture of my newly built Scandal mk3 the other day someone asked me for a review. Having now ridden it for the first time Ill share my first impressions based on a blast round my local trails. Mostly paths and single track, nothing too gnarly. Very wet and muddy though! Build - I bought the frame cheap as it has a minor chip on the rear seat stay. Built it with a 130 rock shox revelation fork, specialized rival traverse wheel set, sram NX dub (note to anyone thinking of getting dub. You need a new bb tool!) drivetrain, shimano slx brakes, 50mm stem, nukeproof carbon bars, brand x dropper, wtb saddle, specialized butcher grid tyres, spd pedals. All boost. I'm a nudge under 511 so went for the large. Have to say goes to show what an incredible bargain the full build is - I only came in under Planet Xs price by sourcing a few bits of eBay and brakes from my own bits box. Ride - this bike looks and feels huge! I'm no stranger to 29ers having owned the inbred and lurcher but being a large, with the 29x2.6 tyres and long geometry it feels that much bigger. With the heavier tyres (I usually go for a light weight tyre but I got a good deal on the wheel set inc tyres on eBay!!) and not so light wheel set I was pleasantly surprised at how quick this bike shifts. Acceleration wasn't as quick as a 26er with light wheels, but with the relatively short back end and tucked in wheel due to the curved seat tube it's not bad for getting the power down. Once up to speed it just barrels along, especially through the rougher stuff as the flywheel effect of the wheels just keeps you going. With the length and slack angles I thought this bike wouldn't be as nimble but again I was surprised. Yes it won't corner as sharp as a smaller wheeled bike but it just felt so planted and balanced I was able to manoeuvre at really slow speeds. Picking up the pace I had no issues with manoeuvrability. It will be interesting to see how it performs on some more gnarly stuff in the peaks. My local trails don't have much in the way of hills but there's some nice twisty drops in the woods. Again the bike felt planted and despite the tyres not really being a wet weather type, I felt confident dropping through some particularly slimy root filled muddy sections. The scandal ate it up. Uphill sections were no bother, again very slimy but even out of the saddle the rear maintained traction. Better than I expected. With the long front end sitting up the steep sections was ok too, the front didn't want to pop. I had a 26er scandal mark 2 years ago and I keenly remember how it pushed my ability. Loved that bike. I've a feeling this one is going to do the same . I'm so looking forwards to trying it out on some proper trails. Big Grins this morning

On-One Scandal

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  • Matthew Proud, 46
  • Hobbies:
    Mtb
  • Location:
    Manchester,
    United Kingdom
  • Job:
    IT
  • Model:
    On-One Scandal V3

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