The new SCOTT Patron eRide is here and it’s full of surprises! In addition to a rotated Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor, the frame hides a fully integrated shock. We’ve got all the details behind the exciting new concepts as well as the first photos.
With the brand new Patron eRide, SCOTT introduce a new generation of ebikes to their portfolio and they’ve pulled out all the stops in doing so. After all, the Patron is intended to be the new face and figurehead of the SCOTT ebike fleet and is geared towards maximum trail performance, perfect integration as well as everyday practicality. Sounds exciting! Expectations are high as the Swiss brand promise the best ebike of all time and the perfect partner for any terrain, be it fast mountain trails or technical forest singletrack. With 160 mm travel front and rear, the SCOTT Patron eRide is positioned between the Genius eRide (click for review) and the Ransom eRide (click for review), though it should set the bar the biggest battery, the best integration and the most up-to-date connectivity. You want all the details, first photos and our first impression of the SCOTT Patron eRide? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Motor concept and battery integration of the SCOTT Patron eRide
What’s going on here? SCOTT are breaking new ground with the Patron eRide, rotating the Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor by 46° and placing it inside the front triangle so that it’s cradled from below. This shouldn’t only make the frame stiffer but the down tube also protects the motor from getting damaged on the trail. According to SCOTT, the new way they’ve integrated the motor also offers improved cooling, allowing warm air to escape more easily.
The new Bosch PowerTube battery, which offers a whopping 750 Wh capacity, is housed inside the down tube and can be removed from below via a sliding mechanism. Even if other brands manage to place their batteries lower down, the low battery of the SCOTT Patron eRide should also benefit the kinematics of the rear suspension. We really like the fact that all frame sizes from S to XL come equipped with the large 750 Wh battery, so even small riders can enjoy the increased range of the big battery.
You’ll probably have read our review of the new 85 Nm Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor and, besides the bigger battery, the new SCOTT ebike also benefits from the improved ergonomics and connectivity of the motor, remote and display. You can also ride the Patron eRide without the Bosch Kiox 300 display, relying only on the Bosch LED remote instead, which also shows you the battery level.
What is behind the fully integrated shock of the SCOTT Patron eRide?
With the analogue SCOTT Spark 900 (review here), SCOTT have already shown how neatly the rear shock can be integrated into the frame. In addition to the clean look, they claim that this design gives them more room to accommodate other components such as the motor and battery or to fit a bigger water bottle in the front triangle. Another plus is that the shock is protected from the elements and so neither moisture, dust, dirt nor flying debris can cause any damage. Despite being hidden, the shock is still said to be easily accessible. Due to the design and the resulting lack of space, the installation of a damper with piggyback is unfortunately not an option. Since the rear shock of the SCOTT offers 160 mm travel, we’re also interested to see whether the seamless integration will allow for adequate cooling on long and demanding descents.
Integration, integration and more integration
Along with the motor, battery and shock, integration also plays a major role in other areas of the bike. Up front, SCOTT rely on a one-piece Syncros cockpit made up of the stem and handlebar, routing all cables directly from the handlebar into the frame via the headset. External cable ports on the frame are a thing of the past. Nice! Considering the number of levers and remotes, this is the only way to keep the cockpit the Patron eRide reasonably tidy. In addition to the brake levers, gear lever, Bosch Kiox 300 display, Bosch LED and dropper remote, our old friend the TwinLoc lever is making a comeback after a short period of abstinence on the SCOTT Ransom eRide. It looks like we celebrated too early. In our opinion, the TwinLoc lever add a certain level complexity to the cockpit. Can the concept deliver on the trail with all its levers or will you struggle to find the right button or lever when the pressure’s on? Only real world tests will show! Along with the integration of the cockpit, SCOTT have equipped the Patron eRide with front and rear mudguards. We particularly like the red LED’s integrated into each side of the rear fender, powered by the integrated Bosch PowerTube battery. If you want to mount a headlight, the required cable is already there and you’ll simply have to plug it in. The SCOTT team have seemingly thought of everything. For added everyday practicality, there’s a range of Patron eRide accessories available from Syncros, including a bike stand, large mudguard for the rear, luggage rack and action cam mounts.
Spec, geometry and prices of the SCOTT Patron eRide
The flagship model of the new Patron range, which consists of a total of 7 different models, is the Patron eRide 900 Ultimate, fitted with the FOX 38 FLOAT Factory fork up front, the FOX Nude eRide EVOL shock in the rear and the FOX Transfer Factory dropper post. SRAM’s wireless XX1 Eagle AXS groupset ensures smooth shifting while the Shimano XTR four-piston brakes offer plenty of braking power. The DT Swiss HXC1501 29″ wheels are fitted with 2.6″ MAXXIS Dissector EXO+ tires. Price? € 10,999. Other models include the Patron eRide 900 Tuned, the 900, the 910 and the entry-level 920 model for € 5,999. In addition to new colours and more affordable builds, the models also have the option of an aluminium frame. The two Contessa models only differ in terms of the components, paintwork and the absence of the XL frame size – the geometry is the same as the men’s versions.
|Seat tube||411 mm||441 mm||470 mm||500 mm|
|Top tube||579 mm||595 mm||626 mm||656 mm|
|Head tube||120 mm||125 mm||135 mm||145 mm|
|Chainstays||454 mm||454 mm||454 mm||454 mm|
|BB drop||30 mm||30 mm||30 mm||30 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,222 mm||1,232 mm||1,264 mm||1,295 mm|
|Reach||433 mm||446 mm||474 mm||501 mm|
|Stack||635 mm||642 mm||651 mm||660 mm|
The SCOTT Axis eRide Evo Tour FS
The new and fully outfitted SCOTT Axis eRide Evo Tour FS is based on the same platform as the Patron eRide and features the same motor and battery. With full mudguards front and rear, a rear rack that is certified to carry up to 15 kg, front and rear lights and 140 mm travel, it promises to be the perfect all-year commuter. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have a dropper post as it can make everyday life much easier, especially when having to stop at traffic lights while hauling luggage. The FOX AWL also looks a bit lost with its skinny 34 mm stanchions.
Our first impression of the SCOTT Patron eRide
With the new patron eRide, SCOTT present a whole range of new concepts and approaches and we can’t wait to put them to the test. How sensible is the integration of the shock and is the existence of the TwinLoc system justifiable? Where will the new eMTB position itself on the market and has the Swiss brand actually succeeded in creating one bike that can do it all? We’ll be the first to let you know!
For more information about the SCOTT Patron eRide, visit scott-sports.com
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Words: Photos: Benjamin Topf, SCOTT