Interbike Outdoor Demo: Scott Solace Disc 15

The Scott Solace 15 is somewhat of a rarity these days, a disc road bike that unabashedly declares itself a road bike with disc brakes. Not a gravel bike, not a cyclcocross bike, not a touring bike, but an endurance road bike with room for at least 28mm tires and disc brakes.

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Scott describes this bikes thusly:

The SCOTT Solace 15 Disc was designed to provide you with a perfect balance of comfort and performance on the roads. Its HMF Carbon Fiber frame was designed with two zones, a Power Zone and a Comfort Zone, in order to result in a stiff and responsive bike that will also keep you comfortable all day long- regardless of frame size. Now equipped with disc brakes, the Solace 15 Disc will help you find your Solace on all roads and in all weather conditions.

I didn’t get to try out the Solace in all-weather conditions, but did take a mixed surface ride to the Hoover Dam with Blackburn Designs (which explains the lights mounted up in the photos). This turned into a decent test of the all-around nature of the Solace. The Solace might be an all-weather road bike, but without fender (or rack mounts) wet weather riding will require either clip-on fenders or a HTFU attitude.

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It is a very easy bike to get along with, and the 28mm Schwalbe Durano tires handled everything from pavement and gravel to the floodwater spillways that double as bike paths in Boulder City, Nevada. While there are no claims made that this bike is some kind of gravel-grinding beast, it did very well on the non-paved portions of the ride.

On the pavement, the Solace doesn’t feel that far from a standard road racing bike, although the position is more upright, but still quite aggressive. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain performs very well, but the real story is the Ultegra-level hydraulic disc brakes. The initial power takes some getting used to and it can be easy to inadvertently lock up a wheel for riders used to less powerful rim brakes, but hands down, the feel and power of these brakes is a dramatic step above rim brakes.

A note on spec: the test bike we rode was equipped with Di2 but the production bikes will be mechanical Ultegra shifters with the hydraulic braking.

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Other nice touches are thru-axles front and rear, a carbon seatpost in a bump-absorbing 27.2mm diameter, a 50/34 compact crankset paired with a wide-range 11-32 Shimano 105 cassette. At a claimed 16.45 pounds, this is a lightweight bike that should keep up with modern road racing bikes on the road, but have the ability to handle most unpaved road surfaces as well.

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Scott issues voluntary recall of Speedster bikes

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From Scott Sports:

In cooperation with national recall authorities, Scott is voluntarily recalling about 8,000 2014 Scott Speedster and Contessa road bikes worldwide. Scott is conducting this recall due to a finding that the steerer tube in the front fork can break, creating a possible fall hazard.

The recall affects certain model year 2014 Scott Speedster road bikes. These bikes have been sold in retail and online stores from about August 2013 to May 2014.

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