The Solace was introduced last year as Scott’s new ‘endurance’ bike and now it’s also available with disc brakes.
The disc-equipped road bike market has exploded for 2015, with many major brands adding a disc machine to their range, and most often – just as Scott have done – based on an existing endurance/comfort/sportive machine. The Giant Defy, Trek Domane and Bianchi Infinito CV to name just three alternative examples.
Scott say the Solace Disc offers ‘identical comfort [but] extra braking power’ compared to the existing Solace and they say they’ve achieved this by using a 15mm thru-axle fork. Scott say the extra braking force generated by discs would require a quick-release fork to be significantly reinforced, resulting in a heavier fork and, significantly in the case of a bike like this, once less able to absorb the vibrations kicked up by the road. Instead, by switching to a thru-axle, Scott say the fork doesn’t require the same level of reinforcement, and it can be left to do its job in improving comfort. Scott have also used a 12mm thru-axle at the rear.
Otherwise, the Solace Disc shares many of the features of the Solace. There’s a 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered headtube, internal cable routing (the hydraulic hoses also run internally), clearance for 28mm tyres, an oversized bottom bracket and the Shock Damping System (whereby Scott’s engineers have sought to fine-tune the layup of the rear triangle) to provide a smoother ride. The seatstays have been lowered and widened, for example, and the seattube slimmed-down compared to Scott’s previous ‘comfort’ bike, the CR1. The absence of the rear brake from the seatstays, instead placed behind the bottom bracket, is not necessarily to achieve any aero benefit, but so the seatstays can offer more deflection.
The Solace Disc will be available in two models, with the Solace 15 Disc a drop-handlebar machine equipped with a mechanical Shimano Ultegra groupset, Shimano RS685 hydraulic disc brakes, Syncros wheels and finishing kit, for £2,599 and an all-up claimed weight of 7.46kg. The Solace 40 FB Disc, meanwhile, is a flat-handlebar bike, available for £1,899.
The Solace will also continue to be offered with rim brakes, with three models in the range for 2015. The line-up opens with the Solace 30 with Shimano 105 for £1,599, before rising to the Solace 20 with Shimano Ultegra for £2,499 and topping out with the Solace 10 with Shimano Dura-Ace, which is yours for £3,499.