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2012 Scott Aspect 40 Contessa vs 2012 Specialized Safire Pro

The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa and Specialized Safire Pro are both Cross Country bikes. Both bikes have Aluminium / Alloy frames. Both bikes have 26" wheels. The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa has SR Suntour forks. The Specialized Safire Pro retails for $5,000 USD. The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa comes in XS, S, M, L, while the Specialized Safire Pro comes in S, M, L.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Contessa Sport, 6061 Alloy, Solution geometry,
  • Suntour XCM-H, with Lockout , 100mm travel,,
  • Scott FM-21-FQR , Shimano FH-RM30-8
  • Araya TX-633, D-Wall, black
  • 26"
  • 14 G, stainless, black
  • Schwalbe Black Jack, 26 x 2.1, 50TPI
  • 16.9, , 42x34x24 T, KMC Z-72
  • Shimano FC-M171, black, w/CG
  • , Shimano BB-UN 26, Cartridge Type
  • Shimano FD-M190, 31.8mm
  • Shimano Acera, RD-M390, 24 Speed
  • Shimano ST-EF 51 L, 8R, EZ-fire plus
  • Scott Comp, V-Brake, Scott Comp
  • Scott Contessa OS, 620mm, black, 31,8mm,
  • Contessa SCT-2012-1
  • Scott, 31.6mm, , ,
  • Scott TDS-D345A-8, OS 31.8mm
  • Ritchey Logic OE integrated
  • Safire M5 alloy frame, women's tubesets and XC Trail geometry , tapered HT, DMD front derailleur, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, disc only, bolt-on cable guides with Brain mount on SS, 120mm travel
  • Specialized Future Shock S140TA, Spike Valve damper , tapered carbon steer/crown, comp and rebound adj., low bearing mount, 140/115mm travel adjust, 140/115mm
  • Specialized/Fox Brain Shock w/ remote Safire Tune inertia valve , Brain Fade and rebound adj., 6.5x1.45", integrated cartridge bearing shock mount
  • Roval Control, OS 28mm end caps, QR, 24h Roval Control, DT Swiss alloy cassette body, QR, 28h
  • Roval Control, alloy disc, 24mm, 24/28h
  • 26"
  • Roval Control
  • Specialized Purgatory Control, 120 TPI, 2Bliss ready , aramid bead, dual-compound, 26x2.2" Specialized Ground Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, 26x2.1"
  • 420mm, , 36/22, w/ carbon guard, KMC X-10, 10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
  • Custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 10-speed XC Trail double , GXP spindle, carbon guard, S: 165mm M: 170mm, L: 175mm
  • 338mm, SRAM GXP, outboard bearing
  • SRAM X7, S1 direct mount for DMD, bottom-pull
  • SRAM X0, 10-speed, mid cage
  • SRAM X9, 10-speed, trigger
  • Custom Avid Elixir 7 SL, hydraulic disc, pad contact & reach adj. , alloy backed semi-metallic pad, stainless hardware, 160mm rotor, Custom Avid Elixir 7 SL hydraulic, tool-less reach and pad contact adj., alloy lever blade
  • Specialized XC low-rise bar, 7050 butted alloy, 680mm wide, 8º backsweep, 6º upsweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Women's Body Geometry Ariel Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Specialized Command Post BlackLite, 3 position, adjustable height w/air spring , remote operated, single bolt head 30.9mm, S:75mm travel, M/L:100mm, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, single bolt alloy collar, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, single bolt alloy collar
  • Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise
  • Women's Enduro lock-on
  • 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" Threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearings

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Components

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  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

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