The SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL takes on the competition with some impressive key figures. At 16 kg, it’s the lightest candidate in the entire test field, and the eye-watering € 15,999 price tag also makes it the most expensive one. On top of that, it boasts the highest level of integration in the entire test field – even the shock is hidden inside the frame! Does this make it the sportiest candidate with its 130 mm of travel?
SCOTT seem to have developed a taste for magic, making the shock disappear on several of their bikes. Alongside its full fat eMTB counterpart, the Patron, and two of SCOTT’s analogue trail bruisers, the Spark and Genius, the Lumen eRIDE 900 SL features a fully enclosed shock. After focusing on building superlight bikes for several years, the Swiss manufacturer is now determined to provide their lightweight constructions with the highest possible level of integration. The SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL is proof that they’re incredibly good at it, hiding pretty much everything that can be hidden and tipping the scales at just 16 kg – which makes it the lightest bike in the entire test field. What else shouldn’t be missing on a SCOTT bike? The manufacturer’s proprietary TwinLoc system, which lets you switch between three suspension settings – Lockout, Traction Control and Descent – using two bar-mounted levers. However, mind-boggling integration and featherlight weight come at a price: € 15,999 to be exact, which makes the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL the most expensive bike in this test.
For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2023 – 30 models in review
Light, lighter, lightest – what makes the Lumen eRIDE 900 SL different from all other bikes?
The Lumen eRIDE 900 SL takes on the competition with a futuristic, clean look, which reminds us a lot of SCOTT’s analogue trail bruiser, the Genius. Now here’s the real question: does the Lumen look like an analogue bike, or does the Genius look like an eMTB? Both the 50 Nm TQ motor and the matching, non-removable 360 Wh battery are neatly integrated into the frame, with only the display in the top tube and the discreet, bar-mounted remote hinting at the electric nature of the bike. Put the 160 Wh range extender in the bottle cage and it becomes a bit more difficult to hide the Lumen’s electric genes. The countless minitools hidden all over the frame are integrated into the frame even more discreetly than the motor, making it hard at first to remember what’s stowed away under the bottle cage and what’s hiding in the handlebars and thru-axle.
Alongside the TQ motor, the FOX Nude5T shock is the beating heart inside the lumen. It was developed in close cooperation with FOX and is paired with a FOX 34 FLOAT Factory FIT4 fork. Both can be controlled directly from the handlebars using SCOTT’s proprietary TwinLoc remote system which, in our opinion, makes perfect sense for a bike in this travel category. Moreover, this allowed SCOTT to develop a rear suspension system that is extremely capable downhill despite generating only 130 mm of travel, without having to worry about the bike’s climbing performance; after all, the shock can easily be stiffened up or locked out altogether when heading uphill. However, the practicality of the system comes at the expense of aesthetics, because the additional cables and remotes spoil the otherwise clean frame silhouette. The shock is accessible through a service port on the down tube, which doesn’t require tools, but does take a bit of convincing to open. To facilitate shock setup, SCOTT add a sag indicator on the frame and a practical air valve extension. With a bit of patience, the rebound dial is relatively easy to reach.
The SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL was specced to ensure the lowest possible system weight. The highlight is the Syncros Silverton SL2 wheelset, which unites the rim, spokes, and hub into a one-piece carbon construction and is sinfully expensive to replace in case of damage. This can be particularly nerve-wracking when riding through nasty rock gardens, because the Lumen comes standard with Schwalbe Wicked Will tires in the paper-thin Super Race casing, both front and rear, paired with the hard ADDIX Speedgrip compound at the rear and ADDIX SpeedSoft rubber compound at the front. That’s totally pointless, because a set of tires in Schwalbe’s tougher Super Trail casing only weighs 200 g more, which is far less painful than having to splash out € 2,500 per wheel when the carbon rims get damaged!
SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL
Motor TQ HPR 50 50 Nm
Battery TQ HPR Battery V01 360 Wh
Display TQ 0-LED
Fork FOX 34 FLOAT Factory FIT4 130 mm
Rear Shock FOX Nude5T 130 mm
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory 150 mm
Brakes Shimano XTR 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 1x12
Stem Syncros Fraser iC 70 mm
Handlebar Syncros Fraser iC 760 mm
Wheelset Syncros Silverton SL2 29"
Tires Schwalbe Wicked Will Super Race ADDIX Soft/Schwalbe Wicked Will Super Race ADDIX Speed Grip 2.4/2.4
Size S M L XL
Weight 16 kg
Perm. total weight 128 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 112 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no
Tuning tips: Upgrade to more robust tires with tougher Super Ground casing | Remove the Syncros mudguard from the fork for a quieter ride
What is the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL capable of?
As soon as you swing your leg over the saddle, the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL makes it clear that it loves a sporty riding style, which really suits the lively, direct character and gentle support of the TQ motor. The SCOTT places you in a stretched, aggressive pedalling position but is still far more comfortable than the Thömus Lightrider Ultimate, proving an excellent companion for sporty tourers. When negotiating very steep climbs or sprinting out of the saddle, it’s worth switching the suspension into Lockout or Traction Control mode, while in all other situations, Descent mode is already firm enough. On very steep climbs, we ended up using the latter, because it generates noticeably more traction than the other two modes without forcing you to weight the front wheel too much. Needless to say, the Lumen requires far more physical effort than its full-fat opponents, but at the same time rewards you with a very natural ride feeling. If you run out of steam on nasty, technical climbs, you can easily carry the 16 kg Lumen on your shoulders.
With its many hidden features, the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL is the Swiss army knife amongst bikes.
The SCOTT Lumen is still playful and agile on flowing trails, but requires physical effort on technical terrain.
Downhill, the Lumen eRIDE 900 SL maintains its lively character and feels in its element on flat-ish, flowing trails. The SCOTT accelerates willingly, not least due to the super-light wheelset combined with the motor’s direct power delivery. The lively, direct handling allows you to throw the Lumen from one side of the trail to the other and generate tons of speed by pumping through rollers, while having the time of your life in the process. As soon as the going gets rougher, the big grin of joy can quickly transform into an anxious frown, because the SCOTT lacks reserves and composure, passing bigger impacts directly onto the rider rather than ironing them out. The direct, agile character suddenly turns nervous, while the handling becomes rather demanding. Compared to the Pivot Shuttle SL, which has only 2 mm more of rear travel, the Lumen hits the wall far quicker. Moreover, the tires struggle to generate traction due to the hard rubber compounds and thin casings, which force you to run higher air pressures. That’s a pity, because with more robust tires that generate more traction, the SCOTT would be a lot more capable on the trail.
Who should take a closer look at the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL and who should look elsewhere?
First of all, the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE is only an option if you have an extra € 15,999 lying around. In return for your money, you’ll get a futuristic, well-thought-out overall concept with a huge head-turning factor. The SCOTT Lumen is most suitable for sporty riders who are looking for an efficient bike for moderate trails with a natural ride feeling, but still want to drop into the occasional flow-trail. To perform well on technical trails, the SCOTT requires an experienced rider. On the other hand, it’s a pretty awesome training tool for fitness oriented-riders who want to take the edge off really steep climbs. Mean trail shredders and weekend warriors are better off looking for a more capable bike.
Conclusions about the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL
With its futuristic look, the SCOTT Lumen eRIDE 900 SL stands out from the crowd as a true master of integration. On level ground and uphill, it’s incredibly efficient and provides a natural riding feel, but quickly reaches its limit on technical descents. On moderate, flowing trails, on the other hand, it puts a massive grin on your face. Despite the eye- watering price and high expectations that come with it, it can’t compete for the “Best eMTB of 2023” title, which is mainly due to its lack of all-round capabilities.
- Highest level of integration in the entire test field
- Good fun on flowing trails
- Efficient climber
- Non-removable battery
- Spec limits the trail potential
- Huge price for a tiny range of applications
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The test field
For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2023 – 30 models in review
All bikes in test: Berria Mako Hybrid GT LTD (Click for review) | Bulls SONIC EVO SL EN-1 (Click for review) | Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT1 (Click for review) | Flyer Uproc X 9.50 (Click for review) | Focus SAM² 6.9 (Click for review) | Focus JAM² 6.9 (Click for review) | Focus Jam² SL 9.9 (Click for review) | Forestal Siryon Diōde (Click for review) | Giant Trance X Advanced E+ Ltd (Click for review) | Haibike Lyke CF SE (Click for review) | Ibis OSO (Click for review) | KTM Macina Prowler Exonic (Click for review) | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 975 (Click for review) | Mondraker Crafty Carbon XR LTD (Click for review) | Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 (Click for review) | Orbea Rise M-Team (Click for review) | Orbea WILD M-LTD (Click for review) | Pivot Shuttle SL Pro X01 (Click for review) | Pivot Shuttle LT Team XTR (Click for review) | Radon Deft 10.0 (Click for review) | Rotwild R.X735 Ultra (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Heckler MX XO1 AXS RSV (Click for review) | SCOTT Lumen eRide 900 SL | Simplon Rapcon Pmax TQ (Click for review) | Specialized Turbo Levo Expert (Click for review) | Transition Repeater AXS Carbon (Click for review) | Thömus Lightrider E Ultimate (Click for review) | Trek Fuel EXe 9.9 XX1 AXS (Click for review) | UNNO Mith Race (Click for review) | Yeti 160E T1 (Click for review)
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Words: Felix Rauch Photos: Peter Walker