INTERVIEW WITH ANTOINE LYARD (SCOR PRODUCT MANAGER)
TLW: What led SCOR to developing the new 2030?
Antoine Lyard (AL): Range expansion was for sure on the menu, and what we wanted to do was to look into what would have the most appeal for the style of riding we do…The 4060 was Mariano’s bike (SCOR Engineer) and this one (2030) is more my bike, but obviously it crosses with broad commercial potential. There’s a lot of people who do not have very high or steep mountains around, and this type of bike can just do a lot of things.
TLW: Where do you expect the start and the end of the capabilities of the 2030 to lie?
AL: Basically, it’s a bike that has two sides. One of them is for sure the long days in the saddle with a bit of exploring, but with a bit of an attitude…the descents should be kinda shreddy and enjoyable. You don’t put all the attributes of the bike on the climbing. And on the other side, there are maybe shorter rides, a lot of playful rides on maybe slightly flatter terrain, and you just find every excuse and opportunity to just boot everything.
TLW: Do you expect riders from more of a cross country background are going to be happy?
AL: We’re not stuck in a position in life… I would say our sister brand (BMC) may have other offerings that riders with a more cross-country spirit or background would be happy with… it’s more like a smaller bike for maybe people that used to ride bigger bikes.
TLW: When you’re designing and testing the bike, to what level is it tested. Is it as strong as the 4060?
AL: We test upon ASTM Level 4 for the 2030, the same as the 4060. Of course, the loads are a little different with the shorter fork but generally speaking it’s the same.
TLW: And 4 is the enduro category, right?
AL: Yes, downhill is 5 there is a huge gap between the two, four and five. You could say that four is not enough, but it is for sure good enough for the intended use of that bike (2030).
TLW: And I guess you’ve been testing it through riders like Josh Lewis, so it’s probably going to be enough for most people
AL: Should be!
TLW: Do you know if Josh has experimented with different setups? You have the option to change the rear travel…do you recommend or allow people to change wheelsize on the bike?
AL: It’s a free world, people can do whatever fits them. The bike is designed for a full 29er setup, it’s not supposed to be modified. If you do so then there are some consequences…you know, BB height will be right at the limit. It doesn’t really bother Josh, but the type of riding he is doing is very specific. This is a bike that unlike the 4060 which you can convert to a mullet setup, this one (2030) is meant to be a full 29er.
TLW: How do you think people are going to make the choice between the 4060 and 2030?
AL: The easiest way to get started with the thinking on where to go would be the terrain. If you live in more rolling terrain, not Alpine, maybe you don’t need that much travel. That’s one of the elements. There’s also your speed going down. The 2030 is very capable, but when it gets really rough you have to slow down a little bit because you don’t have the travel that the 4060 provides you. I’d say those two items are important when making your decision. I’d say it’s a very similar ride feel, just the 2030 is a bit more energetic, punchy. Maybe it’s the most turbulent child in the family.
TLW: You still have the 4060 in your lineup, are there any plans to change the direction with the 2030 now released?
AL: I think it will remain the cornerstone of the SCOR product offering. Of course, we have the new colors and specs, but we will push in that direction, it’s really the foundation of our brand. Today we expand in the shorter side of travel, maybe we will expand in the bigger side of the travel one day, who knows. The 4060 is still very important for us.
TLW: You’ve had the 4060 in the lineup for a couple of years now, you’ve maybe learned some things along the way, what updates have you brought onto the 2030 from that time?
AL: We learned that due to our frame layout and suspension configuration, we have a pocket where mud can collect, and people tend to hose their bikes quite intensively in that area. So what we’ve done is that from the back you have a very flush and flat surface surface so whatever material shoots from the rear tire does not collect below the shock, and then on the side we kept it a little more open, so there’s left stuff going in that area and if there is a little bit then it’s a lot easier to remove.
That’s one thing, and the other thing is the bearings are a bit better sealed. We’ve added flanges that are retained with an O-ring, so moisture does not penetrate through the bearing seal and inside the bearing too quick. So, we improved bearing life.
TLW: And you have the new in-frame storage, what led to the development of that?
AL: We always believed in storage…we have the tiny storage on the 4060. It was our first bike, so we wanted to keep it under control. We still had the very nicely integrated UDH, but there was really space for maybe plugs or a multitool, sometimes both depending on how good you are.
This one has full in-frame storage with a waterproof pouch. That was always a wish to execute on that, but of course cutting a big hole in the downtube comes with challenges when it comes to the whole structural integrity of the frame, so obviously we needed to come up with something like that. We started working on this before the 4060 came out.