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Scott Big Ed Review

We usually love getting to review Scott MTBs. The Swiss sure know their mountains, so it’s no surprise that Scott usually comes up with some great trail and mountain sports cycles. That’s also why we were just a little disappointed with the Scott Big Ed.

After a few test rides through the city and into the hills nearby, we were mostly unimpressed. At this price, the competition has done a lot better. Not only were the custom-butted alloy frames way too heavy for a mountain bike, but the tires dragged both on and off road.

These bikes are supposed to be good in the snow, the dirt, and pretty much any other terrain, but it just didn’t cut it for us. On the plus side, however, you will get good brakes with Shimano Deores, and the suspension from the Bluto fork is quite conducive to the mountain rides. You may also want to swap out the saddle for something more comfy.

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  • Does decently on various terrain
  • Best on snow
  • Bluto fork offers good suspension
  • Shimano Deore components

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  • Not for racing
  • Way too heavy
  • Poor saddle
  • Draggy tires


The Verdict

A half-decent fat bike for all-terrain riding at a midrange price, with some good componentry but draggy tires.

If you like fat bikes and you have the money to spend, then the Scott Big Ed is not a poor choice. This isn’t Scott’s best work, but it’s still a decent buy. Good brakes and suspension may make up for the weight and draggy tires. We wouldn’t be quick to recommend it though.

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