First Rides

Introducing the 2024 Scor 2030

Photos Deniz Merdano
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*Caption is from Scor's marketing materials

Scor is a BMC sub-brand, inspired by riders within the company whose appetites were unmoved by the bikes the Swiss concern produced. They wanted capable bikes that were built more for fun than for going fast in lycra, and the ability to handle steep and challenging descents, all while encouraging lively hooning. I tested the Scor 4060 last year and found that it lived up to those goals, and suited the riding I like as well.

Coming from BMC, a company that makes some of the nicest carbon frames around, both road, gravel and mountain, I wasn't shocked to see quality engineering, finishing and construction. It was a well-made bike with slightly shorter stays than much of the competition and it rode with a giddy exuberance.* The suspension had just enough platform and reacted very well to larger hits, allowing me to charge a little. It pedalled just fine as well.

*At least it did once I installed a longer dropper.


A nice silhouette thanks to the low shock position and tidy construction.

All of this had me interested when I got wind of a new model Deniz and I could try during Crankworx; until I heard some more info that is. The kick was that this was a bike with 120mm of rear travel. From Scor? We'd been hoping to check the bike out in the Whistler Bike Park, after a long adventure in the saddle the day before, but 120mm riding the lifts? What the hell. How bad could it be?

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Despite my skepticism, the bike ended up being a blast on the Creekside trails. According to Scor, "rather than being a bulked-up XC bike it’s a slimmed-down enduro bike." The idea isn't new; a bike that pedals valiantly but is also built for fun on the way down.

The Canyon Spectral 125 is a good comparison - and, for better or worse, neither of the two bikes was slapped with the 'downcountry' label. The 125 is a little slacker at 65.09º in the low position, compared to the 2030 at 64.5, longer overall in size large by 12mm despite having a shorter reach (497 for the 2030 and 486 for the 125) and has chainstays that extend 8mm further. The Canyon's BB drops 35mm while the Scor drops 38mm. Scor’s ethos involves long front centres for stability and space to move the bike around and short stays to keep it quick to swap sides, tip into a corner or get on the rear wheel.

The differences between the two bikes were subtle but obvious to me. The Spectral 125 is longer overall and was a little more stable and composed at speed but perhaps a little less maneuverable. It also felt a little more stout and confidence inspiring. The 2030 is built to enduro bike standards (ASTM 4) and I don't doubt its strength, it simply felt a little more like a whippet than the Canyon. In terms of rear travel feel, the 125 was a little more eager to get into its travel while the 2030 felt like it had more platform.

On the Trail

The bike was pleasantly composed for a 120mm travel machine with 140mm up front. The rear end didn't feel plush considering I normally ride bikes with 160 or 170mm travel, but according to the indicator I never used all of the rear suspension. It’s currently very progressive because of a volume spacer included in the rear shock which can also be removed. The idea was apparently that these might be tricky to find so even though many riders will prefer the bike ridden without the spacer, to make it a little more linear, it made more sense to include it so it’s there for riders who need it.


Instead of a tradtional head badge, the 2030 has a subtle and stylish embossed logo.


But there is a tail badge.

As expected, the 2030 was much more responsive to rider inputs than the bikes I normally ride but I found myself getting used to this eagerness quickly and using it to my advantage. Riding behind Deniz is always a blast because he jumps off everything and following along I found myself copying his lines, only with less skill and panache.


Mariano Schoeffer finding some air among the wildflowers.

Over Forking and Shocking

The frame can be converted to 130mm rear squish with a shock service that allows more stroke but this isn’t a user friendly swap. The frame is also rated for up to a 150mm fork but Mariano Schoeffer, the engineer on the project, this would mess with the geo some. Fortunately there is an adjustable head angle like that on the 6040 so you could keep the 64.5º sweet spot close to where it is. There is also a flip chip in the back that moves the bike to 65.5º and raises the BB by 2mm. I'd personally love to try it as a 150/130 machine.

Who is it For?

While I had a blast on this bike, I don't think it would fit into my riding schedule very often. I'm sure a better rider than I could ride this on the hardest trails in my regular rotation but I would struggle some big rock faces with abrupt transitions and going fast on chunky sections. A rider like Deniz, with his BMX background and compulsion to boost off everything, along with an appetite for long hard climbs, might be better served. It could however handle almost all of the trails I ride on Mt. Fromme and in some cases be a better companion as some of our lines become bermy and fast. If I lived somewhere with less challenging trails this would be a bike I would seriously consider.

scor 2030 geometry (2024)

Five sizes are a nice touch, considering how many riders find themselves between medium and large. The 497mm reach on the large felt great for me.

Deniz's Take on the Scor 2030

It wasn't until I showed up to the Scor's Whistler Headquarters that I realized we were embarking on a ride atop 120mm trail bikes in the bike park. Now it makes sense why a pedal lap onto the flank was the suggested route for this test ride. But some prime, post-rain creekside trails were to be the great testing grounds for the new Scor 2030.

I settled on the size Medium with a 457mm reach XO build. The bike was so fresh the pads hadn't been bedded in yet. The deep translucent green clear coat on top of the raw carbon glistened in the sun like a breaching dolphin, ready to play with the boat.


Cam leaning into it.

My X01 build had Dual Compound EXO casing Maxxis Dissectors front and back but the stock build should have a Rekon in the rear. This was not a good recipe for riding in the Whistler Bike park but the excellent conditions made the ride enjoyable. I found myself perfectly balanced in the center of the bike for quick direction changes and like Cam, I didn't find the bottom of the travel in any harsh way. The highly progressive nature of the bike lends itself well to aggressive riding. The eagerness to get airborne makes the bike ride light and snappy without feeling sketchy. Some more testing will be necessary to see how well it will put on the Shore miles.

The carbon DT Swiss XMC 1501 wheels suited the bike's snappy nature but It may have contributed to the flex I was experiencing coming out of berms. A metal on metal sound, similar to rotor rub, could be heard as I leaned into some corners. It would be interesting to see if this was due to the stiff carbon wheels or the rather forgiving rear-end on the 2030.

Scor didn't mess around and specced Code RSC brakes on the 2030s with the X01 model in custom oilslick hardware. The Fox Factory 34 Grip 2 was a nice touch as most bikes of this category come with a Fit4 damper for the lock out option. It is unnecessary and I much prefer the Grip 2 Variant.

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Cam pulling for a natural gap at the Whistler Bike park with the Scor 2030

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Mariano on the same pull that is nothing to talk about on a big bike but on the Scor it is alot more fun

I am excited to see if the Scor will do well as a one bike on the Shore, not unlike the Forbidden Druid I loved so much. The Rocky Mountain Element is another hot lap rocketship that would go head to head with the Scor. As the winter rolls, I like to rest the bigger bikes for short travel time maximizers. If we end up with a Scor tester, we'll report back with our fidings.
Cam McRae

Height - 6'/183cm (mostly legs)

Weight - 170lbs/77kg

Inseam - 33"/84cm

Ape Index - 0.986

Age - 58

Trail I've been stoked on lately - Sam's Dad's Trail

Bar Width - 760mm

Preferred Reach - 485-500mm (longer with 27.5 wheels than 29)

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+2 Cam McRae Jotegir

Very curious how it compares to the Element. I demoed a 4060 ST at my LBS (shout out to Hardcore Bikes, in Edmonton), and it was one of the favorite bikes I’ve ever ridden. Suspension design was excellent. I’d love to try this. Seems good for prairie riding.


+1 Andy Eunson Jotegir Jerry Willows mrbrett Joseph Crabtree

Prairie riding, so a softail gravel bike should do it then....

For the big hitting prairie crowd, link to appropriate protection as well

I'm sorry, I couldnt help myself



We have a friend who moved back to the prairies from BC. His strava posts are like "40km ride" and it's just one big box or a straight line out and a straight line back. Haha.

I'd say instead this bike seems good for Ontario or Maritime riding (but not Newfoundland). But the whole thing is a bit silly because I did two seasons where an Optic was my non-DH bike in BC and was totally happy because I wasn't racing over those seasons.


+1 momjijimike

64.5 degree head angle for Prairie riding? Seems like overkill but I guess you could swap the headset cups steeper. 

I find 64.5 is the sweet spot for me (riding on the shore). Going slacker doesn't improve things much in the steeps but definitely starts to make a bike feel more like a barge. 

This seems like it would be an awesome bike for many shore people not racing or riding the gnarliest gnar.



This is a great prairie bike! Although the riding in Calgary and Edmonton is very tame (see gravel bike joke below), everyone I know that rides in the prairies heads to Golden/Revy/Valemount all the time to ride burly trails. This would be a perfect bike, obviously overbiked for the prairies but not ridiculously so, and totally capable for trips to the mountains.


+1 Cam McRae

I love the look and idea of this bike!

Can someone put a 275 wheel on the back, maybe flip that chip, and 150 fork it while rotating the headset cups to even out the HA and report back?

You guys are the masters of friggin around with bikes, and I'd love to hear about the results.  As well as a review of the A130 with a mullet, and the V2 Druid as a mullet.....

Willing to step in as a product tester if no one is interested, our trails stay drier for longer here in the Okanagan to help extend that testing season.....


Thanks for the offer! 

Deniz will likely get a tester and he'll be happy to play around with it.


+2 BarryW Cam McRae

Quick question

In your review its noted that there is a rear flip chip, but I cant find any info on it anywhere else, can you confirm?

I might have just proved my worth as a fact checker, which, you know, could lead somewhere....



Very cool bike, love the way it looks! I wonder how it compares to the Reeb SST, it’s like a full degree slacker in the slack setting. I don’t know that I would benefit from that but I’d love to try it.



Looks like a fun bike, and nice intro review Cam and Deniz. 

I love the look of the bike, nice low lines. But that price! Crazy.



65.09 is slacker [sic] than 64.5???


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