The Ransom eRIDE is offered exclusively with an aluminum frame, features a Horst Link suspension system with Scott’s Virtual 4 Link kinematic and is stout as can be. Bosch provides the electronics, with their Performance Line CX G4 motor delivering 85Nm of torque, powered by a 625Wh Bosch Powertube battery that is integrated into the downtube and can be removed easily. The display is Bosch’s simple Purion controller and display, with large buttons to toggle between the various power modes on offer and a black and white display to show the vital stats. Scott has designed the Ransom eRIDE 920 with their “eRIDE Advanced Design”, which means they have worked heavily to optimize the integration of the motor and battery into the frame to obtain the cleanest design. To give the most integrated package, Scott has pre-routed cabling from the battery to the head tube and seat tube, which can power lights to increase visibility on the roads.
To keep the Ransom eRIDE protected through a lifetime of abuse, Scott fitted a generous plastic battery and motor guard to the downtube and a ridged rubber protector to the chainstay. There’s an integrated upper chainguide bolted to the frame for the cleanest chain management solution, and there are provisions to mount a central kickstand for those so inclined. The upper shock mount features a flip chip to adjust the geometry between two settings, and the internal cable routing has bolted ports to clamp the cables and prevent them from rattling. The headset is provided by Scott’s in-house brand Syncros and features a “fork stop” to prevent the fork crown from damaging the down tube in a crash.
The Scott Ransom eRIDE is only offered in a single 920 spec for the North American market, but a higher tier spec is available for riders in Europe. The Ransom eRide 920 US spec retailed for $5,499 up until just a few days before publishing, and currently goes for $6.499. The 180mm suspension is provided by a RockShox ZEB R air fork paired with a Trunnion mount Fox Float X2 Performance 2-position air shock. SRAM handles the gearing duties with their NX Eagle 12-speed derailleur and SX single click shifter, which changes through the 11-50t cassette. FSA provides the CK-745 cranks in 165mm length, and Shimano’s non-series BR-MT520 4-piston brakes stop on 203mm Centerlock rotors. The wheelset is built with Formula CL hubs, which are laced to Syncros MD30 29” rims. Syncros also provides the finishing kit, with their Hixon 2.0 Alloy bar and XM1.5 stem; Tofino 2.0 saddle and Duncan dropper post with size-specific drop.
The tires on the stock build are a Maxxis Assegai and Dissector EXO+ combination, which we would consider to have insufficient sidewall strength to handle the punishment the Ransom eRIDE is likely to see. Thankfully we had Schwalbe on board as an official sponsor for the 2022 eMTB Shootout and were able to fit the Scott with the same Magic Mary and Big Betty Super Gravity combination as the rest of the bikes in the enduro category. This allowed us to eliminate a significant variable in the performance and feel of the bikes on test, so we could determine the individual ride characteristics of each bike more easily by retaining a consistent tire feel and performance.
Scott’s Ransom eRIDE 920 frame features a flip chip in the upper shock mount to offer two positions for the geometry, giving a 0.6-degree head angle and 0.7-degree seat angle change, and a 9mm BB height difference. In the high BB setting, constant between the sizes is the 64.6° head angle, long 463mm chainstays and 13mm BB drop. The seat angle measurement slackens by 0.2° as sizes increase due to the higher position it is measured at, with the medium running at 77°. The reach on the medium is 447mm, the seat tube is 440mm and the stack height is 640mm. This all tots up to a 1254mm wheelbase, placing it in the middle of the Enduro category.
The geometry figures on the Scott Ransom eRIDE are average in the Enduro eMTB category, however the reach and therefore the wheelbase on our medium test bike is quite compact. The long chainstays helped to retain some stability on this undersized test rig, which proved to be surprisingly capable although very cramped when seated. We’d love to test a size large to see how capable the Ransom eRIDE could be with a better fit, unfortunately with all the supply shortages, we’re not sure when that may be.