The Wolf’s First Impression
My time on the SCOR 4060 ST was limited to a couple of rides during the Bike Connection Agency Mountain Bike Connection Winter 2023 event in Massa Marittima, Italy. While the test period certainly can’t justify a full review write up, the efficient uplift service and varied trails in the area let me get a solid feel for the character of the SCOR trail bike, and develop some very solid initial impressions. The test period included the hottest first lap of all time, chasing down SCOR athlete Josh Lewis and French Masters Enduro champ Simon Andre as they went “full gas”. It’s safe to say that the fact I kept them somewhat in my sights means the 4060 ST is a bike that’s intuitive to ride, though I did feel on the ragged edge.
Following this initial hot lap, I dialed back the level of attack a touch to a more reasonable level that gave me a more clear picture of how the bike was handling. This is when the poppy, playful nature of the 4060 ST came out shining, and really highlighted where it excels. The suspension platform has a great level of support beyond its sensitive initial portion, letting you work the trail for speed and preventing excessive wallowing in mid-sized compressions. Combine this with a relatively low overall weight and the relatively short rear end, and the agility of the SCOR makes for a riotous time darting side to side on the trail. If there was a bike out there that really captured the essence of 50to01’s Josh Lewis, the 4060 ST would be it, so it’s great to see that the two have found each other.
There are two things that won’t be to everyone’s liking with the 4060 ST on the way down the hill. The first being the relatively short chainstays, which give a “steer from the rear” tendency at times, and can lead to the front end going a little light and the front tire to push on flatter turns unless the bars are actively weighted. This doesn’t typically cause issues when the rider is attacking the trail, but when fatigue creeps in or a less active rider gets onboard, the SCOR is unlikely to be the easiest bike to ride. Second is the rear end stiffness, which is on the more flexible side of the spectrum, especially when comparing the LT version with comparable travel enduro bikes. This lets the rear wheel find traction a little easier and the bike to turn into corners a bit faster, but when hitting off camber compressions or railing bike park turns hard it can lead to a slight vagueness and doesn’t quite match the character of the rest of the bike. Stick a stiffer rear wheel, or simply learn to trust the handling though and it’s unlikely to cause any issues.
Climbing the SCOR 4060 ST proved to be fairly uneventful. While the relatively short chainstays make the “Z” eMTB version of the 4060 a little hard to manage, the analogue version doesn’t suffer from the same issues due to the lower power going to the rear wheel, and so the nicely centered seating position and relatively supportive pedaling platform give some very pleasant climbing manners. This is a bike I’d happily pedal all day on, giving very little to complain about in the pedaling department.
Overall it’s safe to say that the 4060 ST is a bike that carries all of the fun-loving character of the rest of their range, and is likely to jollify riders who are more focused on good times and less focused on setting the fastest time.