As Scott’s endurance model, the dictionary definition of the word solace as, “something that gives comfort, consolation or relief”, and “alleviation of distress or discomfort”, should give some, er, solace to potential customers. But what’s in a name?
Well, in this case of the Solace 20, which made it onto the longlist for our sister title Cycling Plus‘s 2016 Bike of the Year awards, it’s a full-carbon frame that conforms to some accepted endurance norms.
Up front our large frame has a tall and chunky 185mm head tube that flows in to a flattened top tube and wide down tube, which extends across the full width of the BB86 bottom bracket shell. The seat tube extends well above the top tube junction, and the seatstays are effectively dropped for additional seatpost deflection.
Key to the bike’s ride quality is the rear brake’s positioning beneath the chainstays, allowing the seat stays to taper from sturdy at the dropouts to very slim at the top, and they’re bridgeless, freeing them up to flex more freely. Up front, the carbon fork’s dropouts are swept backwards in a similar way to those on Trek’s Domane, and for the same flex-inducing reason, by increasing the fork’s effective curve.
Scott designed the frame with a ‘comfort zone’ and a ‘power zone’. The fork and seatstays largely define the former, with the head tube, beefy down tube, bottom bracket and big, boxy asymmetric chainstays that curve upwards all taking care of efficient delivery – though the upswept chainstays do have a foot in both camps.
The cables are routed through the head tube, with the rear derailleur cable exiting neatly from the rear of the dropout. The rear brake has an inline cable adjuster and quick release just below the bar to ease wheel removal.
Room for upgrading
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