Strengths: Fast,light, responsive, comfortable (except for the saddle) but that will soon be fixed. The bike holds the road great and is very fun to ride. Comes with great components and seems to be well built.
Weaknesses: As this was my first ride on this bike I could find no weaknesses, except after a few hours of riding the bike got tired and I had to stop and let it rest.
The wonderful people at my local bike store, let me take their brand new 2013 Scott Speedster out on the bike trail for an extended ride today. After riding this awesome machine for about 4 hours I am in love with it. This bike is fast and fun to ride. I have to admit I have never ridden Schimano 105 components before, I have never felt such quiet effortless shifting. I am a casual rider, in that I don't race or do triathlons, so this bike is perfect for me. I am not sure if I would pay the M.S.R.P. As I am a bit of a cheapskate but being as it is last years model and they marked it down about $400.00 I couldn't say no.
My bike is a 2013 Speedster 20, first road bike, so I have no other bike to compare it to. My old bike is a flat bar , triple chain ring 52-39-30. The Speedster came with a double front chain ring 50-34, it is way easier to spin the pedals then my old bike, but I do miss the 52 tooth big ring. Over all I love this bike. Need to change the saddle , and will change the rubber to Gator skins next year. Having some problems dialing in the front derailleur , and I get a lot of chain clatter in the bigger rear gears. It climbs well , didn't think I would be able to climb well with the gear ratio , but have had no problems .
it has a good look racer bike light to carry on and pedaling on the road and the combo components that mix with carbon fork and alloy body ..i have the little older Scott that i bought 2006 until now i'm riding it it is really great,...have a fun ride on the road..!
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2012
Strengths: Price, value for component structure. Shimano 105 at this price range is great.
Weaknesses: Bit heavy on the frame and Wheelset not the greatest but expected at this price.
First thing I did was switch the saddle to a Stella as the one with the bike was not comfortable. I expected the bike to do the cost cutting at the 1400 price range with regards to the saddle, wheelset and tires which they did. I replaced all three and the bike is top notch now. If you want a starter bike that you can upgrade to a great bike this is the one to get.
Bike Setup: Switched tires to Continental All Seasons and to a Stella saddle. Also switched to a high end Dura Ace Wheelset. With the upgrades I made on this bike it is worth about 3000 now.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: October 10, 2011
Strengths: Awesome frame. Perfectly good component group (Tiagra shifters, 105 RD). B/T/W, your components are only as good as your mechanical ability. I have seen bikes running much nicer stuff that are obviously in need of help / don't shift well at all. That makes me a sad panda. I fuss over the drive train regularly and it shifts like a Ferrari.
Weaknesses: Wheels are heavy (2200 grams w/ skewers!) and the spoke tensions sound very inconsistent. Still true though (?)
Just wanted to give props to Scott for building a very good little road bike. I bought the speedster s30 (54cm medium, I'm 5'9", 155lbs) after getting hooked on road rides as a way to improve my endurance for mountain biking. Unexpectedly I got totally hooked to road rides in the process, preferably with fast groups that push my limits. For the price I paid this bike cannot be beat, at least in the new market. It was easy to finish the build, although I have some experience at this sort of thing with building mountain bikes, wheels too. People that spend time analyzing new bikes and comparing prices usually find that different bikes have things which are of greater emphasis than others. In this bike's case, it has got to be the frame, which is 7005 series hydroformed aluminum. The frame is outstanding, very stiff and efficient but not painful to ride. I came off a chromo steel frame and the scott feels just as compliant over bumps, but with better power transfer. As the frame is the bike's strong suit, the wheels (Alex Race 28 rims) are probably, well, you'll want to replace them if you're serious about cycling. Most roadies use aftermarket wheels anyway though. Oh, and the stem was a 110mm which is going to be too long for most, myself included. The only thing I don't actually like about the bike is that the seat post size is a 31.6 which is not nearly as compliant as a 27.2. And the stock saddle gave me problems, so I replaced it. The 2010 seems like a good model year. Provided you get the correct size you will almost certainly be happy!
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Wanted a new bike , a true all road bike. So I purchased a 2013 Scott Speedster 20, got a good price , went to clipless pedals. Have fallen over 4 times due to not being used to the pedals, but getting better. Had to replace the stock saddle with a Selle SMP TRK. It is the same saddle on my old bike ... Read More »