2023 EMTB SHOOTOUT
SCOTT PATRON eRIDE 900 REVIEW
ENDURO TRAVEL, TRAIL FEEL
Photos by Max Rhulen & Dusten Ryen
Video by Brian Niles / Treeline Cinematic
Little brother to the Scott Ransom eRide – last year’s eMTB Shootout winner – the Scott Patron eRide 900 is a decidedly more futuristic and feature packed eMountain Bike. Scott Sports are known for their integration, beautiful and attention grabbing bicycles, and the Patron eRide 900 is a great example. Packing 160mm of front and rear wheel travel, a hidden, custom-tuned rear shock, a stealthily tight motor package, integrated lights and clean cable integration, the Patron eRide is likely the most unique and attention grabbing eBike in our test. Will the stealthy looks, unique features and relatively competitive value be enough to keep Scott’s Patron as high on our score sheet as last year’s Ransom? Let’s find out.
2023 EMTB SHOOTOUT SERIES – This bike was one of 13 that our staff thoroughly tested with absolute objectivity in mind. From different types of riders to terrain, our goal is to present the best and most honest information possible to help you make your best decision. Of course, we’d love to thank Fox Racing and Schwalbe Tires for being invaluable partners to this series and making it happen.
• 160mm Integrated Virtual 4 Link Suspension
• 29” Wheels
• Bosch Performance Line CX Motor
• 750Wh Battery
• Fixed Geometry
• HTA 65
• STA 76.9
• REACH 474 (Large)
Price: $6,599 (920) – $8,499 (900 – Tested)
FRAME AND FEATURES
The Scott Patron eRide is a 160mm travel front and rear eMTB with 29” wheels on both ends, targeted firmly at the “Trail” segment of Scott’s eBike lineup. The frame is eye-candy for the detail seekers, and the placement of the drive unit and the ventilation ports in the top cover are inline with Scott’s sleek aesthetic. Rotated and shifted up in relation to the bottom bracket, the Patron has great ground clearance and protects the motor nicely. The headset uses an integrated cable management system, designed to tidy up the cables and reduce noise. Then there’s the suspension system, which gets the same Integrated Suspension Technology as the acoustic Scott bikes, with the shock hidden within the carbon fiber frame and driven by a hidden link inside the top tube.
The suspension platform is a fairly typical Virtual 4 Link setup, with a Horst pivot on the chainstay to control the 160mm rear travel. The adjustments on the custom Fox NUDE T eRide EVOL rear shock can be accessed via a removable plastic cover on the underside of the top tube, so suspension fiddlers need not worry. Speaking of fiddling, the Patron uses Scott’s TwinLoc 2 suspension control system, with a three-lever remote on the bar to control the suspension and dropper post.
DRIVE UNIT AND ELECTRONICS
The carbon fiber main frame is formed around a Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit, powered by a 750Wh PowerTube battery. This motor produces 85Nm of torque, with up to 400 percent assistance and a 250W nominal constant power output. But, there’s more to a drive unit than the numbers, and although the Bosch and Shimano systems are closely matched on paper, the Bosch system is able to deliver increased assistance out on the trail that gives an advantage over the Shimano system in the steepest terrain or when looking to pedal as fast as possible. This Bosch system uses the LED Remote and Kiox 300 display to offer the control of different modes and provide the read out of the vital stats.
When it comes to geometry, the Scott Patron eRide is on the livelier and trail-oriented side compared to overly DH-focused Enduro eMountain Bikes. The 65-degree headtube angle is the steepest in the 160mm “Enduro” category, however the long 454 chainstays add to the stability when speed increases or you’re tackling the steepest climbs possible. While the travel may say enduro, the shock selection and geometry have us sticking this bike in the all-day comfort, all-mountain zone. It’s a great long-legged trail shredder.
Scott offers the Patron at several price points and build specs from $6,499, with the 900 sitting at the top of the lineup now at $8,499 (was $7,999). Up front a Fox 38 Performance Elite eMTB+ Fit 4 fork handles the hits while a custom Fox Nude eRide EVOL, Trunnion 3-mode shock handles travel out back. In typical Scott fashion, the Patron eRide has three modes: Lockout; Traction Control (115mm travel) or Descend (160mm travel). We’ll talk more about the shock selection in our ride report down below as it’s certainly a point of contention.
When it comes to shifting and braking Shimano handles the majority of lifting with 4-piston XT M8120 brakes clamping on 203mm rotors and a Shimano Deore XT 12-speed drivetrain with 10-51t cassette. Cockpit spec includes in-house Syncros Hixon bar and stem with Syncros Pro grips and Tofino saddle. Scott specs a Fox Transfer dropper post but we were a bit disappointed that our size large review bike only had a 150mm drop on it. OE wheels are Syncros MD30 rims laced to Formula hubs that spin on Maxxis Dissector EXO+ tires, which are faster than greased lightning but can lack some heft and bite when you need it. As with all the bikes in our eMTB Buyer’s Guide Shootout, we mounted Schwalbe Big Betty / Magic Mary tires to keep the traction and performance consistent as our official test tire across the board.
SETUP | With all of the integration in place in the Patron, it would be easy to assume the setup would be more tricky than normal, however Scott does a good job at covering the details to make it no more difficult. The neatly integrated sag measuring marks help offset any trickiness produced by the hidden, internal shock, and popping the cover to reveal the shock is simple with good access to attach a shock pump or turn the dials. We found the shock setup to be very important on the Patron eRide. On our first ride out we were quite underwhelmed with how harsh and stiff the bike felt with 30% sag. We increased air pressure until we got about 25% sag and it was as if the light switch was turned on. Instantly the bike came alive and our speeds increased massively on our downhill test tracks.
ELECTRONICS & INTEGRATION | As futuristic as the Patron eRide looks, it still sports the Bosch Kiox 300 and LED Remote, which are a bit larger and less integrated than the bike deserves. The Patron was designed before Bosch’s neatly integrated Smart System controllers and integrated top tube displays so we understand why it’s so, but we can dream can’t we? The Kiox and LED Remote worked flawlessly however, and we had no real qualms in regards to performance. The integrated headset cable routing is fairly effective and proved to be trouble free, but there’s no denying that it can make cable or headset bearing replacement more tricky. The extra cables of the wired LED remote, Kiox 300 display, and TwinLoc system are managed fairly well considering the amount of them, but it’s still not the cleanest cockpit on test. Discerning audiophiles may notice that while the motor placement offers some benefits, the ventilation holes direct noise upwards, making it a bit louder to the person in the saddle.
CLIMBING | As a more trail-focused eMTB, it may not come as a surprise that the Scott Patron eRide is an excellent climber. The longer travel for its category makes for a comfortable platform for pedaling up through rougher terrain, and the TwinLoc system can quickly tailor the suspension platform to offer more support and efficiency, though we found ourselves rarely using the system. The geometry keeps substantial weight on the front wheel, letting you navigate steep portions of climb without issue, and the relatively steep head tube angle makes steep switchbacks and tight and twisty climbs easier to navigate. With the big battery and option to dial in a little more efficiency or maximize comfort, the Patron is undeniably one of the better bikes on test for crunching out big miles in the saddle, making it perfect for the long distance touring eMountain Bike crowd.
DESCENDING | With 160mm of travel front and rear, the Scott Patron eRide 900 would typically sit in the Enduro category, but we found a couple of key ingredients put this bike in the “Trail or All-mountain” kitchen as Scott intended. The two most notable factors to us are the lack of a reservoir-equipped shock and the 65-degree head tube angle. While these two factors will likely keep the bike out of contention on the gnarliest downhill tracks, or when trying to keep up with its big brother – the Ransom eRide – there are a ton of people who will be much better suited to this bike because of it. If high speeds and rough trails are your thing, don’t turn away just yet, because this bike will still get down!
Our test riders are firm believers in diversity in frame geometries as mountain bikers have entirely different preferences, terrain and skill sets. The lively and fast-handling head tube angle of the Patron combined with the long chainstays and comfortable reach and seat tube angle mean this bike is a blast on high speed trails with mellow gradients.
It was only on the steepest portions of trail or excessively chunky descents where we noticed the Scott Patron eRide fall behind. The rear shock would overheat and damping performance, especially in the rebound circuit would suffer. If you’re the type of rider who’s rarely in a full-face helmet but want to have a bike with longer travel to give you some added comfort and confidence, the Patron could be the bike for you. If you’re looking to self-shuttle yourself, we’d still whole-heartedly suggest the Ransom eRide as it’s got a bit more bounce to the ounce.
FINISH AND VALUE | The Scott Patron eRide is well put together, with a clean finish and some neat details. The spec package is well considered, giving us little to complain about aside from the questionable need for the TwinLoc system for our typical riding and preferences. We’d prefer to see the more adjustable Grip 2 damper in the fork, and a reservoir-equipped rear shock to handle aggressive descending a little better with minimal detriment to the climbing. For riders like ourselves, who favor descending capability over ultimate climbing efficiency, Scott offers an “ST” (Super Trail) version of the Patron eRide – the $6,999 St 910 – which uses an alloy frame, has a 170mm fork with Grip 2 damper, and beefier tires. If we were to buy a Patron for our typical riding, this is likely the route we would go down. Our Patron eRide 900 is now retailing for $8,499, which puts it in the “reasonable value” zone with its quality carbon frame and solid build kit, but falls short of some of the other bikes on test.
The Wolf’s Last Word
We sent the Patron plenty hard and deep on some big drops, double-black diamond downhill trails and felt it was more than capable and survived the beat down, it just wasn’t the place this bike wants to live day in and day out. The motor noise is a bit loud in the saddle due to the direction of sound from the drive unit vent holes, but to some it may not be a deal breaker. Similarly, we’d love to see the next gen Patron include some of Bosch’s sleeker displays and controls, but the integrated lights, Bosch drive unit, big battery and all around impressive performance still keep this bike on our list of recommended rides for a lot of riders.
WHO’S IT FOR?
For the vast majority of trails, and riders, we think the Scott Patron eRide 900 is a great option. We think it’s ideal for riders who want extra travel and safety without having the sluggish geometry of a more aggressive enduro eMTB. Whether you’re a newer rider, older rider who wants added confidence of big travel and nimble geo or a skilled trail shredder who doesn’t need a 64-degree head tube angle or reservoir shock for shorter descents or fast but smoother terrain, the Patron eRide is a pretty solid option.
SCOTT PATRON eRIDE 900 SPECS
Frame: Carbon Main Frame / Alloy SST-CST-Link | 160mm
Fork: FOX FLOAT 38 Performance Elite eMTB+ | FIT4 | 160mm
Shock: FOX NUDE T eRIDE EVOL
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX
Battery: Bosch Powertube | 750Wh
Display: Bosch Kiox 300 / LED Remote
Brakes: Shimano XT M8120 4-Piston | 203F/R
Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 1.5 Alloy 7050 | 12mm rise | 780mm wide
Stem: Syncros AM1.5 7050 Alloy | 31.8 diameter | S/M: 50mm, L/XL: 60mm
Seatpost: FOX Transfer Dropper | S:125mm | M/L:150mm | XL:175mm
Saddle: Syncros Tofino 1.5
Wheels: Syncros MD30 / Formula Hubs
Front Tire: Maxxis Dissector 29×2.6″ EXO+ | MaxxTerra
Rear Tire: Maxxis Dissector 29×2.6″ EXO+ | MaxxTerra
Cassette: Shimano XT M8100 | 10-51t | 12spd
Cranks: FSA CK-745 | 34t | 165mm
Shifter: Shimano XT M8100 | 12spd
Derailleur: Shimano XT | 12spd
Sporty and Playful
Plush, lively and comfortable suspension platform
Quiet on the descents
Great long legged trail/ all-mountain bike
Integrated tail lights and mud guard
Louder motor noise for rider
Shock lacks reservoir for aggressive descenders
Steeper head tube angle for some
Front tire spec
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