Eurobike: Scott flexes urban muscles
By James Huang, Technical editor | Tuesday, September 15, 2009 5.00pm
Scott is hoping its more colourful Sportster and Sub urban bike lines will appeal to the more style-conscious commuter. James Huang
Scott is best known for its comprehensive range of ultralight-and-stiff carbon race machines, but its 2010 range of urban bikes demonstrates the company's prowess in the utilitarian realm as well.
In keeping with its competitive roots, Scott's Sportster and Sub lines are notably more colorful than many of the urban bikes currently on the market. According to Scott USA general manager Scott Montgomery, drab monochromatic color schemes are all well and good considering the workmanlike nature of the genre, but commuting and running errands by bike should still be fun and he hopes the brighter look will reflect that ideal.
In addition, Scott also aims to get users to their destinations quickly, too, with both bikes featuring lightweight 2000- and 6000-series shaped and/or hydro-formed aluminium tubing plus relatively sleek lines and speedy 700c wheels across the board.
Optional accessories enhance the usability, too. Purpose-built and easily attached fenders feature a rigid extruded aluminum spine to which users can attach a dedicated basket, rear rack, or bag. Load capacity is officially rated to 10kg (22lb), enough to accommodate most runs to the grocery store.
Scott has also revamped its footwear line for 2010 with an all-new carbon fibre road plate and redesigned uppers. The top-end Limited shoe continues with its zone-adjustable Boa lacing system while the new Team Issue models use a heavier dose of mesh than before plus generously sized sole vents on the road version.
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Upper-end frames are mostly carryover – not exactly a bad thing in this case – save for one notable exception: the cross-country Spark now gets a BB30 bottom bracket plus a larger seat tube diameter for added drivetrain rigidity.
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