I've been riding MTBs and road bikes for 20 plus years but due to a serious knee injury had to stop. E-Bikes have allowed me to return to the saddle. The Scott is my second bike after upgrading from an entry level machine (Gepida - Asgard).
I've only done 100 miles on the Scott but have done enough varied terrain to now give it a review.
First off, the bike looks amazing. Massive wheels and tyres, slick geometry, internally routed cables, cool colour scheme and the gold finish to the suppension and seat post complete the look. My brother rides a full sus Mondraker, which is a nice bike but his jaw hit the floor when he saw the Scott.
From stock, I changed the seat and added bear traps plus some tioga power studs (I'll explain later) Other than that the kit is comes with is excellent.
My old bike had the Bosch system and I wanted to stick with it as it is so good. To get the best from the motor you need to spin. This is made easier with the new 11 speed rear casette. Specially designed for e-bikes. The system provides instant power and the gearing allows you to climb virtually anything. The system comes with the Purion system. This has been purposely kept smaller and sits on the left of the bars rather than centrally like the bigger Intuvia unit. I have to say i prefer the Inutivia unit. The Purion does not have as many features, has a much smaller screen and is slightly more difficult to operate when travelling. I know there has been some effort to disguise that some bikes are ebikes. Why? I couldnt care less who knows I'm riding an ebike. I just smile as I go past them. But really the fact it is an ebike should be exploited - more data for the rider is a good thing. I have been tempted to upgrade to the nyon - but another £350 is a lot.
The battery is a 500w unit. So far it is has performed well and as long as you use the power settings accordingly you can get 40 miles out of it using Turbo or Sport mode. Cold weather however makes a massive difference. I went out in near freezing conditions and ran out of battery after 31 miles - that was using tour and eco modes as well, and on relatively flat ground. If this was a seriously hilly ride you'd be looking at 15 miles tops so bear that in mind. I'm hoping Bosch will release a 1000w battery at some point that will fit all of their current systems. On longer rides I am looking at carrying a spare battery but at £700 that's not cheap either. There is an arguement to use the bike in lower eco and tour modes - but quite frankly I don't want to. It's why I bought he bike in the first place, to stick it turbo and hoon around everywhere!
I have the largest frame size, and at 6'5" it fits very well. The bars are very wide which again is a good thing for me. The stock stem is very short though, but instead of changing it I added tioga power studs. I like the flexibility they give for various hand positions. The guys at e-bikeshop set up my suppension for me which was great. I am a heavy rider (19st) but have not had a problem with the bike. The sus lock lever is great for climbing and for when you have to do tarmac sections.
Uphill this bike is amazing. I can't fault it. Downhill it is equally at home, plenty of stopping power when you need. I felt a bit rusty going downhill but the bike gave me confidence as it soaked up my mistakes. The huge tyres are great across grass and through mud, which is an area I used to hate, but the ebike power makes this enjoyable. I am so glad I ignored the purists and got an ebike. I looked at quite a few brands for my upgrade - Haibike, Specialised, LaPierre but my choice of the Scott was a good one. It is a very capable machine which would suit all rider abilities. It is a bit more expensive than some of the other similar spec'd bikes but in this case you get what you pay for. It makes me smile every time I ride it, and thats worth every penny.
Buying from e-bikestore was very easy. They know their stuff and are friendly no matter what stupid questions you ask. I would have no problem in recommending them for your next ebike.