Scott Sub Speed 10 review
From its rear rack mounts and full-length metal mudguards to Gates’ excellent lube- and muck-free belt drive, the Sub Speed 10 oozes function over form, with even its finish being a mainly matt, utilitarian grey. However, just as the paintwork disguises the raised, grey-on-grey logos, there’s a lot beneath this Scott’s surface.
The upright ride is great for seeing and being seen, with the short stem making direction changes nifty.
Weighing 11.8kg, it’s never going to be a super-sharp speedster though. The wide tyres add to the comfort, though we weren’t fans of the over-padded saddle.
The star is the drivetrain, as Gates’ long-lasting carbon belt delivers, cleanly and smoothly, with the eight-speed Alfine hub offering sufficient a gear range for most situations. The bottom gear is equivalent to a low 34×34 while the top roughly equals 52×15 so you’ll spin out on descents but can stay seated while climbing or heavily laden, which is sensible for this bike’s likely urban stomping grounds. Shimano’s disc brakes are great all-weather stoppers.
This is a fine choice for daily use or commuting as it’s practical and comfortable, with a transmission that would require little maintenance. In fact, the only time you’ll need to split the frame using an Allen key at the chainstay/seatstay junction is when the belt needs changing, and they’re meant to last much longer than a metal chain. Even the price is good for a belt-driven machine.