Are you looking for a hard-hitting, long-travel eMTB? Then you should take a closer look at the new 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE. We put the big bike with its Bosch motor and 625 Wh battery to the test. Can it deliver a fun ride and climb as well as it descends?

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SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 | Bosch Performance Line CX/625 Wh | 180/180 mm (f/r)
24.40 kg (size L) | € 6,999 | Manufacturer’s website

It’s a premiere: with the new 2021 Ransom eRIDE, SCOTT have dispensed with the TwinLoc system they usually rely on for their full-sus bikes, meaning no more suspension lockout lever on the handlebar. To find out who this bike is for, we put the hard-hitting, 180 mm travel Ransom eRIDE 910, featuring 29” wheels, the Bosch Performance Line CX motor and a 625 Wh battery, to the test.

The SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 in detail

The slim silhouette and cool paint job look fantastic, adding a breath of fresh air to SCOTT’s ebike portfolio. The Bosch Performance Line CX motor is nicely integrated and powered by a 625 Wh battery. A rubber down tube protector guards the aluminium frame, motor and battery cover from flying rocks. For the display, SCOTT rely on the minimalist Purion unit across the range, which does double-duty as the remote. Our test model comes with 29” wheels but thanks to the flip chip on the shock mount, the new 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE is compatible with 27.5” wheels too.

Style points for the slim silhouette and paint job
The 625 Wh battery is removed from the bottom of the down tube…
… and powers Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor.
All SCOTT 2021 Ransom eRIDE models come with a Bosch Purion display. Thanks to the lacking TwinLoc remote, the FOX dropper lever is easily accessible and the cockpit looks a lot cleaner.
The charging port is located on the side of the down tube. However, the standard cover supplied by Bosch tends to come off quite easily and get lost.
The spoke magnet is securely and neatly integrated with the brake rotor.
The rubber pads on the frame, motor and battery protect against stone chips and create smooth transitions on the down tube
With a flip chip on the shock mount, the Ransom can be ridden with either 29” or 27.5” wheels.

The missing TwinLoc lever is a blessing for a neatened up cockpit. Until now, most of SCOTT’s full-suspension models, such as the SCOTT Genius eRIDE 920, had a crowded and untidy looking cockpit. With limited space on the handlebar to accommodate the levers and buttons of various remotes, some of them inevitably became hard to reach. That’s no longer the case with the new 2021 Ransom eRIDE. The missing cables also contribute to the tidy look of the cockpit. The spiral wraps keep cables tidy and in check while the spacers under the stem look great too. However, the cables are routed into the frame at the side. A headset with internal cable routing would have been the better option and could have resulted in an even cleaner look. As usual, SCOTT rely on their in-house brand Syncros for the stem, handlebar and saddle. The mudguard is supplied by FOX and is much sturdier than Syncros’ own model. In size L, the SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 weighs 24.4 kg. The maximum permissible weight is 128 kg, which leaves 103 kg for rider and gear after deducting the bike’s weight.

SCOTT keep the cables tidy with spiral wraps.
The cables enter the frame far towards the back, which detracts slightly from the otherwise clean looks.
The spacers under the stem look nice but you won’t be able to route your cables through there.
The chainstay protector is effective and not as bulky as on most other eMTBs.
There is space for a bottle cage in the front triangle

The components of the SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910

The new SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 is available for € 6,999. It offers a whopping 180 mm travel with the help of a burly FOX 38 Performance Elite fork and FOX FLOAT X2 shock. The FOX Transfer dropper post on the size L has almost the same amount of travel (175 mm), providing plenty of freedom of movement on the descents. For the drivetrain, SCOTT rely on SRAM’s high-end X01 Eagle derailleur and 10–52 t cassette but it is paired with a budget NX shifter. This doesn’t make much sense in terms of performance, but the prominent derailleur will certainly look good standing on the shop floor. The 29” wheels are built up with Formula hubs and Syncros X-30S rims. These are shod with 2.6” wide tires, a MAXXIS Assegai up front and MAXXIS Dissector at the rear, both with the EXO+ casing. If you’re going to be pushing the Ransom’s limits, you’ll have to swap out the rear tire for a more durable version with the DoubleDown casing. Furthermore, if you don’t like the easy-drifting Dissector, you might as well use the opportunity to fit a model with more grip too.

SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910

€ 6,999

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 85 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork FOX 38 Performance Elite 180 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 180 mm
Seatpost FOX Transfer 175 mm
Brakes Shimano XT BR-MT8120 203/203 mm
Drivetrain SRAM NX/XO1 Eagle 1x12 10-52t
Stem Syncros XM 1.5
Handlebar Syncros Hixon 1.5 Rise 800 mm
Wheelset Syncros X-30S / Formular CL811/ECT-1481 29"
Tires MAXXIS ASSEGAI/DISSECTOR EXO+ 29″ x 2,6"

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 24.4 kg
Perm. total weight 126 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 101 kg
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

FOX Fender

The burly FOX 38 Performance Elite at the front…
… and FOX FLOAT X2 shock on the rear allow you to adjust and fine-tune the suspension extensively.
The fact that the shock is installed upside-down, making the climb switch difficult to reach didn’t bother us. The suspension is tuned perfectly and you won’t ever feel the need to stiffen the shock.
On the size L, you get a 175 mm travel FOX Transfer dropper post.
SRAM’s high-end X01 Eagle derailleur is paired with a 10–52 t cassette. Unfortunately, SCOTT chose to go with an NX shifter, which makes no sense in terms of performance.
The chain guide…
… and rims are both from in-house brand Syncros.
Braking is taken care of by Shimano XT brakes with 203 mm rotors front and rear.

The components of the SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 920

The only other build available is the SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 920 for € 5,499, offering the same 180 mm travel but specced with the lower-end RockShox ZEB fork featuring the Charger R damper. This only allows you to adjust the low-speed rebound. The FOX FLOAT X2 shock on the rear provides more adjustment options. Shimano’s BR-MT520 four-piston brakes are paired with 203 mm rotors front and rear and should ensure sufficient stopping power. For the drivetrain, you’ll have to make do with a budget 12-speed SRAM NX/SX Eagle combination. Compared to the 910 model, there are only minor changes to the tires, handlebars and stem.

SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 920

€ 5,499

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 85 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork RockShox ZEB E-MTB 180 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 180 mm
Seatpost Syncros Duncan 125 (S), 150 (M), 170 (L, XL) mm
Brakes Shimano BR-MT520 203/203 mm
Drivetrain SRAM SX/NX Eagle 1x12 11-50t
Stem Syncros XM 1.5
Handlebar Syncros Hixon 2.0 Rise 800 mm
Wheelset Syncros MD30 / Formular CL811/CL-148S 29"
Tires MAXXIS ASSEGAI/DISSECTOR EXO+ 29″ x 2,6"

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight n/a kg
Perm. total weight 126 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) n/A kg
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

RockShox Fender

SCOTT also spec 38 mm stanchion fork on the entry-level model
The eMTB specific RockShox ZEB comes with the Charger R damper. The compression is set at the factory, only allowing you to adjust the rebound externally.
On the other hand, the FOX Float X2 shock gives you lots of adjustment options, allowing you to fine-tune the rear suspension to suit your needs.
Shimano’s BR-MT520 four-piston brakes are paired with 203 mm rotors front and rear
The MAXXIS Assegai at the front and Dissector on the rear are the EXO+ variant. If you’re going to ride hard, you should mount a tire with a thicker casing on the rear at least.

The geometry and sizes of the SCOTT Ransom eRIDE

The 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE is available in sizes S, M, L and XL. All our test riders were around 180 cm tall and felt comfortable on the size L Ransom eRIDE. With a seat tube angle of 76.1° and a reach of 470 mm, the geometry is modern but not extreme. The 465 mm chainstays are relatively long and the front end is quite tall with a stack of 649 mm.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 420 mm 440 mm 470 mm 500 mm
Top tube 568 mm 595 mm 628 mm 661 mm
Head tube 120 mm 120 mm 125 mm 125 mm
Head angle 64° 64° 64° 64°
Seat angle 76,5° 76,3° 76,1° 75,9°
Chainstays 465 mm 465 mm 465 mm 465 mm
BB Drop 22 mm 22 mm 22 mm 22 mm
Wheelbase 1.230 mm 1.255 mm 1.287 mm 1.317 mm
Reach 415 mm 440 mm 470 mm 500 mm
Stack 644 mm 644 mm 639 mm 649 mm

This is how the 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE performs uphill and on flat terrain

The riding position on the new, 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE is upright and compact on flat terrain thanks to the steep seat tube angle, making for a comfortable ride. When riding uphill, the front wheel stays planted no matter how steep the incline. You’ll really have to push it to get the front wheel to lift. Despite its long travel, there is no need to use the compression lever on the shock and we didn’t miss the TwinLoc system either. The rear end of the Ransom eRIDE 910 doesn’t bob and it doesn’t wallow on steep climbs either. The bike’s pedalling efficiency belies its weight – excellent!

Our test impression of the 2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE on the descents

From the very first metres aboard the Ransom, you’ll notice how balanced it is, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from SCOTT. The handling is composed and the geometry matches the capabilities of the 180 mm travel suspension. It strikes a good balance between stability and agility, making it neither the liveliest nor most sluggish bike we’ve ridden recently. The suspension is sensitive and willingly uses its travel, skillfully damping small and medium-sized impacts. However, it could do with a little more progression to avoid bottoming out. We didn’t notice any harsh bottom outs but riders with an aggressive and hard-hitting riding style will benefit from installing a volume spacer. The Ransom eRIDE loves to blast over rough trails at high speed and when things get steep and demanding, you’ll always feel in control.

The SCOTT Ransom eRIDE loves it rough and demands to be ridden hard

Glasses SCOTT Sport Shield | Helmet Specialized Ambush | Jersey Fox Ranger | Shorts ION Scrub | Shoes Ride Concepts Transition

2021 SCOTT Ransom eRIDE conclusion

With the new 2021 Ransom eRIDE, SCOTT have brought a hard-hitting eMTB to the market. They’ve done away with the TwinLoc system and it doesn’t suffer for it. On the contrary, thanks to the steep seat tube and well-tuned rear suspension, the bike climbs excellently and offers a lot of comfort on longer rides. Going downhill, it is composed, capable and at home on steep and demanding terrain. If you prefer riding more moderate trails, you’re better off with the Genius or Strike eRIDE. There’s room for improvement regarding some components but the performance is good considering the price.

Tops

  • great climbing position
  • composed and capable downhill
  • plush yet defined suspension

Flops

  • Bosch motor rattles
  • the rear tire drifts easily and is puncture prone
  • poorly specced drivetrain
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It's finally here: The E-MOUNTAINBIKE Print Edition 2020 is our third annual edition and ultimate test bible, with which we aim to help you choose the perfect eMTB. More than 250 pages of extensive buyers advice, tons of eMTB know-how as well as reviews of the 35 most exciting eMTBs and the 7 best motors. You’ll also find many helpful tips and a guide to the most exciting eMTB trends – all of this is wrapped in a high quality print format. Click here for more information or order it directly in our shop!

Words: Jonas Müssig Photos: Christoph Bayer & Julian Oswald

About the author

Jonas Müssig

Actually, it really should be Dr. Müssig. After all, Jonas completed his doctorate in chemistry shortly before he started working with us. However, his true passion ultimately prevailed over science. Of course, that doesn't mean chemistry no longer plays a role. Jonas’ scientific background and his long-standing passion for (e)biking are a perfect match. On the hunt for the optimal ride life balance, Jonas can be found on the trails in the summer and with his backpack in Asia or his camper in southern Europe in winter.