Hey I'm seriously considering this bike for my first 'real' bike. But how is it?
There is next to no info for this bike on the internet and I really want to get a feel for it before I order it (I'm in Canada so ordering over the internet saves me $600). Can anyone give me their rundown of the bike and how it compares? I'm 5'10" and 150 lbs (I'm thinking size 54 - M) and I'll be using my cx bike for mostly recreational riding and trails, commuting, and the occasional cx race in the fall.
I would like to know how it handles, why it's so heavy for SL Ultegra?, does it have any eyelets for fenders?, any photos, and what your opinions are!
2013 Kona Jake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 1999 Kona Muni Mula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker
I don't know anything about the Scott that you can't see on the web page you linked to. I don't think 20 pounds is bad for a CX bike. The weight comes partly from the wheels (32 spokes, color on the spokes, color on the rims), partly from the tires (~520 grams each) and, I would guess, partly from the frame being a bit beefier (i.e. bigger tubes) than a road racing bike.
I don't see eyelets for fenders on the Scott CX Team, but I do see them on the Scott CX Comp. Generally, you'll find that there is a spectrum in CX bikes between those built for racing and those that make good all-purpose/commuting bikes. More expensive CX bikes tend to be more racing oriented and so you lose things like fender eyelets and braze-ons for racks and even water bottles as you go up the scale. Of course, you can put fenders and racks on any bike with the right after-market hardware, but frankly I think in most cases if you want an all-around bike, you're better off with one that's less race-oriented anyway.
I bought a base-model Kona Jake, and it has been great for commuting. I upgraded the components to Ultegra 6600 stuff, but that was really unnecessary. About six months after buying it as a commuter, I tried CX racing and discovered (a) CX racing is insanely fun, (b) I'm really bad at it and (c) the Kona Jake is more than good enough for me to race with, even before the Ultegra upgrades. In fact, every time I crash in a race I find myself thinking I should put the Tiagra stuff back on until spring.
Given what you've said you plan to use the bike for, I would suggest that you consider the next level down across the board on the brands you're looking at. Also, add the Kona Jake/Jake the Snake, Soma Double Cross and Surly Cross Check to your list. And of course, anything you can ride before you buy is a big plus.
I was looking at a lot of the same bikes and ended up with a Marin Cortina that I love. I did get a good deal on it, though (I paid the same as a TCX 1), so it may be out of your price range. It's definitely a step up from most of these. Also, absolutely zero braking issues -- no squeal, no judder.