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Comments about Scott SUB 10 Bike - 2013:
I use this bike to get to and fro. I like how simple it is to use and maintain. Thanks to hydraulic disc brakes and the optional fender kit this bike performs excellent in snow (with snow tires affixed) and rain. I live in Canada and inclement weather performance is important. The stock tires are nice and fat as well as puncture-resistant, but with little tread. It is easy to wash the front wheel out on a little dust or wet roads. (I'm speaking from experience on this one, ouch.) The fender kit is a nice optional accessory as they look sleek and are super lightweight. Unfortunately you have to keep a close eye on all the bolts as they have a tendency to loosen. The fenders are also prohibitively expensive, even for OEM parts.
The biggest complaint I have is how short the gearing is. This is actually my second Scott SUB 10. I had the earlier chain-drive version until it was stolen (Lime yellow paint and white wheels and bars kind-of asks for it. The new paint scheme does nothing to camouflage this bike, so buy a good U-lock). I must digress. As I was saying, the gearing tends to be a little on the short side, certainly shorter than the older chain-drive version. I find myself in 7th and 8th gear almost exclusively and with any moderate downgrade I can spin this bike out easily. I'd say the gears are good until about 45Km/hr, then you're pretty much letting gravity take you any faster. Realistically that's a small portion of my usual ride though and the bike cruises pretty comfortably around 25-30 in top gear.
It's nice that the bike is nearly maintenance-free, but bear in mind that you must stay on top of tire pressure. Replacing a tube due to a pinch flat is not a simple procedure on the rear wheel. Especially in the middle of nowhere without a bike stand. (Again, speaking from experience)
People always ask me what I think of the belt drive. My answer is typically "not much". I like how smooth and quiet it is, but it seems to be slower than the original chain drive version I had. The bike may be geared the same (I don't actually know), but with the belt it feels like a shorter ratio. I have about 1500km on my bike and see no real signs of wear on the belt or sprockets. That's encouraging, but I certainly wouldn't pay much extra to have the belt.
Lastly, the pedals. They're terrible. Super slippery. I have replaced them with some Crank Bros. Mallets (sometimes I don't have my bike shoes and these pedals are relatively comfy with sneakers). My thoughts to Scott would be to skip the pedals entirely. Most good shops should throw on a set for free, and likely better ones than come stock.
Overall, it's as great a bike as you would expect it to be. There's always niggles, but I would buy her again in a heartbeat. In fact, I've already had to once. If that's not a fairly ringing endorsement...
Support your local independent bike shop! If you check out the bike in their showroom, buy it from them! Duh. I don't work in a shop, but have respect for those who do. It's a tough grind for those guys these days.
Comments about Scott SUB 10 Bike - 2013:
Versatile bike. Great styling. Responsive and fast. Belt drive is great. With thin tires at 85 psi, no shocks, and a hard seat, the ride is stiff. You feel every bump, rock, and undulation. But, you get used to that connection to the road and find it strangely satisfying. Like barefoot running. Great gear range. I live in a hilly area and have had no problems getting up steep hills. Shifting gears works best if you pause your pedaling. This takes getting used to. The ability to up and downshift when stopped is awesome -especially when you have to stop for traffic or lights. Braking is sure and fast -almost overkill. The color is close to fluorescent lime green - instead of the safety bike jacket, you see the bike! One con is the "chain guard". Mine came with it unexpectedly installed. Flimsy plastic with cheap steel brackets -almost seems like an afterthought. It takes away from the sleek design and requires some surgery to fully remove it. Very pleased with the purchase though might be a bit on the high side, price-wise.
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