New for the 2020 range KTM has redesigned the famous Scarp frame as well as also releasing the Scarp MT, simply standing for More Travel. The new MT range begins with the Elite and then goes all the way to Prestige increasing in price and build quality as they go.
The Scarp MT is the new evolution in the cross country range and we're very excited to finally release it to the public. They have created a frame which has a slacker head angle and adapted bottom bracket system making the bike even quicker and more applicable to riding terrain. By reshaping the lower section of the frame you are now able to comfortably fit 2 bottle cages and with eliminating the option of a 2x drivetrain system they have stiffened up the rear triangle chaintstay and pivot system. KTM have also redesigned their rear shock linkage to allow metric shocks meaning the eye to eye bolt distance has gone from 160mm to 195mm and the Scarp is now able to fit both 115mm and 90mm travel shocks without compromising the bikes aggressive geometry. Bellow is a diagram which shows both the 2019 Scarp Prime and the new 2020 Scarp MT Prestige so you can see the clear differences for yourself.
The 2020 Scarp MT Prestige is now available for £6299.99 with builds starting later this year. It comes rammed with new spec which is not only nice to look at but amazing to play with. And luckily for us we've had one of the first ones available sent to the office so we've been able to have a closer look and get some close up photos to show.
As mentioned previously the new scarp frame comes with a 195mm bolt to bolt spacing meaning the rear shock now fits 115mm travel with the prestige using a RockShox Deluxe Ultimate remote 190x45.
Upfront is pairs with some RockShox SID Select RL 29" 120mm forks meaning the bike is more adaptable to even rougher terrain. Also for this year the entire KTM range us using Maxxis for the rubber with the prestige fitting some Maxxis Ardent Race 3C's.
But the most exciting feature of this years high end Scarp is the use of the new Sram AXS wireless 12 speed gear system and dropper post. The groupset is set up with carbon Sram XX1 cranks, a 10-50 12sp cassette and is combined with Sram's wireless AXS Dropper post and a pair of Magura MT8 Pro 2 Piston brakes to stop it all. All weighing in at 11.5kg.
For more close up photos of the bike and the full spec be sure to head to the FLi site.
We cannot wait to take this out of the office for a spin and as soon as the batteries are charged thats exactly what we'll be doing. So expect a riders review very soon. We are all really excited to have bike in the office and are very eager to see how the new frame design will weigh up with the UK team in next years season of racing.
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