FIRST RIDE REVIEW
SCOR 4060 ST GX
Words by Robert Johnston | Photos by Mountain Bike Connection Winter – Rupert Fowler
As the “party” brand of BMC bikes, SCOR released their 4060 model range in analogue and eMTB “Z” versions with ST (short travel) and LT (long travel) variants a couple of years back. We’ve tested both of their eBikes in our ‘22 and ‘23 eMTB Shootouts, and had a lot of fun in the process, but until recently their analogue bikes had eluded us. We finally had the chance to ride the SCOR 4060 ST, and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint. Keep on reading to find out why.
FRAME AND FEATURES | The SCOR 4060 ST is their fun-loving trail bike, with a 140mm travel rear end and 150mm travel fork controlling a pair of 29-inch wheels. This 140mm in the rear is provided by SCOR’s lower-link driven “Instant Center Linkage” suspension system, a dual-link design, and can be bumped up to 160mm travel with a different shock stroke and by using the flip chip in the shock and adjustable headset cups to correct the geometry. With this you can easily swap between the 4060 ST and 4060 LT, letting you effectively have two bikes in one.
SCOR offers their 4060 platform exclusively in carbon fiber. The frame has full internal routing for the cables with ports at the side of the head tube. There is a bottle cage mount and tool mount inside the front triangle; the signature ribbed SCOR chainstay guard; and a generous downtube guard. The frame uses a SRAM UDH for easy replacements, and inside the downtube is a Stash Box to let you carry the essentials within the frame and ditch the pack.
GEOMETRY | The SCOR 4060 ST has geometry targeted at offering a playful ride, and less focused on winning races. There’s a size range of Small to Extra Large, with low seat tubes and stack heights to allow each rider to choose between multiple sizes. The size large tested has a reach of 485mm and stack height of 625mm. Shared across all sizes are a 65.5-degree head tube angle; 78-degree seat tube angle; 435mm chainstay length and 29mm bottom bracket drop. The large has a wheelbase of 1235mm, which is on the short side for a size large trail 29er these days, signifying its playful intentions.
BUILD SPECS | SCOR currently offers the 4060 ST in a choice of two build specs from the $4,899 NX to the $7,199 GX build (tested), or as a frame only option with Fox Float X2 rear shock for $3,299. The GX build is a primarily SRAM affair, with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain as you may have guessed. The suspension is RockShox, with the Lyrik Ultimate up front providing the 150mm travel to lead the charge, and a Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock to control the 140mm rear travel. Braking power is provided by SRAM’s Code RSC brakes, with 200mm rotors on both ends to support hard charging in steep terrain. The wheelset is the DT Swiss XM 1700 Spline, which are wrapped in a Maxxis Assegai EXO/Dissector EXO+ tire combo with MaxxTerra rubber. Rounding out the specs are a Burgtec stem clamping a 31.8mm diameter SCOR carbon bar; and a Bikeyoke Divine dropper post suspending a Fizik Terra Alpaca saddle.
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.
Frame: Full carbon | 140mm
Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 | 150mm
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
Brakes: SRAM CODE RSC | 200F/R Centreline Rotors
Bar: SCOR Carbon | rise: 20mm | width: 800mm | clamp: 31.8mm
Stem: Burgtec Enduro Mk3 alloy | length: 35mm
Seatpost: Bikeyoke Divine dropper | S:125mm | M/L: 160mm | XL:185mm
Saddle: FIZIK Terra Alpaca
Wheelset: DT Swiss XM1700 SPLINE 30 | DT 350 hubs
Front Tire: Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5″ | MaxxTerra | EXO Casing
Rear Tire: Maxxis Dissector 29×2.4″ | MaxxTerra | EXO+ Casing
Cassette: SRAM GX Eagle | 10-52T | 12spd
Cranks: SRAM GX Eagle Carbon | 32T | 170mm
Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle | 12spd
Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle | 12spd
Poppy and supportive suspension
Agile fun-loving handling
Not the easiest bike to ride passively
Rear end may be too flexy for some
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