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by Evan Powell, photos by Jonathan Doherty
PhotoWhile at the From the Inside Out premiere, I became the proud recipient of a 2012 Scott Voltage FR20 to test. The FR20 is the mid-range model in the Voltage line and is priced at $2399 (The FR10 is $3699 and the FR30 is $1799). Today I was able to ride the Voltage and get an initial impression of the bike.
     The geometry feels great and the bike is incredibly easy to maneuver on tight trails. Scott did a good job of putting wide, 750mm bars on the bike, something that a lot of budget FR/DH bikes have had trouble including in the past. The Interchangeable Dropout System is a cool feature for such a budget bike, allowing 3 different rear wheel settings, 0, -10 or +10mm. Playing with that will be fun for the large variety of trails here in the Pacific Northwest. The 2.4 Schwalbe Big Betty tires hooked up very well and it's noted that Scott didn't skimp on the rubber. I'm riding the "long" size and it seems to fit my 5'10" size well.

I’m looking forward to taking this out to some serious trails on the North Shore this next weekend, so stay tuned for an in-depth report.
2012 Scott Voltage FR20 Specs and Geometry
PRICE: $2399
short / long
WEIGHT: 17.90 kg / 39.43 lbs
FRAME: Voltage FR Alloy 6061, hydroformed tubing, Slopestyle&Park geometry, ISCG & ISCG05 tabs,
 headtube for 1.5“, IDS interchangeable Dropout with 12mm thru axle, 160 - 180mm travel
FORK: RockShox Domain Dualcrown R, 200mm travel, Coil oil, Reb adjustable, alloy steerer, 20mm Maxle
REAR SHOCK: Fox Van R coil spring preload, Speed sensitive compression & rebound d
HEADSET: FSA Orbit E 1.5R, alloy cups, 1.5“ Reducer to 1 1/8“, semi-integrated
DERAILLEUR (REAR): Sram X7, 9 Speed, short cage
SHIFTERS: Sram X5, Trigger Shifter
BRAKE LEVERS: Avid Elixir 5S Disc
BRAKES: Avid Elixir 5S Disc, 200/F and 200/R mm Rotor
CRANKSET: Truvativ Hussefelt 1.0, 165mm, 36T chainring
BOTTOM BRACKET: Truvativ HowitzerXR, 73mm shell
CHAINGUIDE: E.thirteen LS-1, ISCG05, Chainguide w/Taco
HANDLEBAR: Scott Pilot FR 1 Pro, D.B, 20mm rise, 750mm
STEM: Scott MJ-Boxxer02, 1 1/8“, 0° angle, 50mm ext.
PEDALS: Wellgo B155U SCT, Flatpedal w/replaceable pins
SEATPOST: Scott DJ zero offset, 31.6mm
SEAT: Scott Voltage FR
HUB (FRONT): Scott Comp, 20mm thru axle
HUB (REAR): Scott DHL-135, 12mm thru axle, 135mm wide
CHAIN: Sram CN-PC-951 w/pwr lock
CASSETTE: Sram PG-950, 11-28 T
SPOKES: DT Swiss Industry black 14G 2.0mm
RIMS: Alex FR 32, 32H, DH disc rim red
TIRES: Schwalbe Big Betty DH, Front: 26 x2.4 Vertstar, Rear: 26 x 2.4 Trailstar, Triple Nano Compound, Wire Bead, 2-ply DH casing, Snake Bite


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