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Comments about Scott Speedster S20 Bike - 2012:
This is a sweet ride. I've ever owned a brand new road bike before, and this bike really brings it, for being an aluminum frame. As a first-time "new road bike" purchaser, I shopped around. REI was able to offer a competitive price for an aluminum frame with carbon fork. The bonus is cost is that I got Tiagra shifting for the cost of what the next level down would be. After trialing several bikes with shifters on the upper bar rests, I have to say I love the Tiagra shifting and would pay for it all over again.
Cons of buying at REI: it's a little more big box, though as the kind salesperson pointed out, REI is a co-op and ethically-minded. She also said I can buy my next, all-carbon bike at Freewheel or any number of local Twin Cities shops. I find that staff at REI is mixed in their knowledge of products. Mine was very cool, though she didn't know the bikes top-to-bottom and admitted she moonlights for REI during sales. Nonetheless, fantastic service. Finally, REI offers a tune-up at 6 months. They send out a post-card. Problem is, after 200 miles (in another week or two for me), my cables are going to be stretched and need a tune-up. I'll probably end up paying someone else to tune-up before I do my big July ride then going to REI for my end-of-the-season tune-up.
Overall, I'd recommend this Scott bike. They're not known for their rod bikes, apparently, but this is a solid beginner bike. As I escalate in cost and quality and will want more of a selection and knowledge, I'll probably be looking at local shops.
Comments about Scott Speedster S20 Bike - 2012:
This review will be most helpful for people who are looking to upgrade to this bike from older, heavier models.
I ride three-four times per week, about 60-80 miles per week, so I am defintely not a racer or a triathelete. I am 49 years old and have been biking city streets for my whole life. This is my first really nice bike, and I know there are far more expensive ones out there.
The Speedster S20 for me is a dream to ride. My previous bike was an old Schwinn 12-speed, maybe 15 years old, steel, heavy. Got the job done, for sure, and I built upper body strength just moving it around in my garage because it weighed so much. :) Moving to this bike has been amazing. Friends of mine have bikes they purchased a couple of years ago that they paid around $2700-$2800 for (e.g. Specialized). These bikes are extremely light and both have Shimano 105 components. This bike (which I was thankfully able to get before the recent price hike) has the same Shimano 105 components, and their bikes, if anything, weigh just a bit less. I know weight isn't everything, but it has made everything better for me.
I weigh about 190 pounds. This bike has added 4-5 averge mph more for me. I live in South Florida - very flat, which is easy riding, but a lot of wind. I can average 19-20 mph into the wind and easily 23-24 with the wind at my back. So the weight alone has helped with that.
Coming from an older bike, I was blown away at how responsive this bike is. When I need to accerlerate, it is instantaneous. I have strong legs and this bike was built for me, I swear. I can quickly get up to 20 mph when I am moving through city streets and need to make a green light, which is everywhere down here.
The Shimano 105 shifters were easier to learn than I thought they would be. REI did a great job of geting the gears and all the mechanics into riding form for me. I have had to adjust nothing. I picked this bike up in the Raleigh store and flew it back to South Florida on a recent trip (no REI stores down there). The guys at the store were great to work with (just like everyone else I have spoken to at REI).
I know Scott is a little newer name, but it gets great reviews on the better models, and for the price, I thought I was getting a little better set of components than the other available bikes, like the Canondales. I love the red and black look, too.
Many people complain online about the Alex wheels, but they seem to be handling fine on the rough streets I ride and the occasional side walks I have to ride over. No worries there.
Breaking is really responsive, which is nice becuase you never know what the city drivers are going to do. They always manage to surprise you down here.
My top speed going down hill on the bridges here is about 32 mph. I can get it a little higher for brief moments. So I am not sure, from a racer's perspective, if this is going to be fast enough. I have no experience at triathalons or time trials. As I said, for a guy who just wants to go get a workout and ride fast, this bike will absolultely do the job. Yesterday, I was climbing one of the large highway bridges and was able to hit it at 26 and got to the top of the bridge at 23 mph. I had a little wind at my back, which helped, but I give the credit to the bike. I was never able to do anything like that on my last bike without standing up and peddling.
Bottom line, the bike is amazing for the price. My frieds who have the more expensive bikes are very impressed with its weight, speed, components and overall look and feel. I don't think you could be disapointed with this bike, unless it just isn't fast enough for you if you race, but then you probably have a lighter bike with Ultegra components and you invested a lot more in your bike. But mine still looks cooler. :) Big thanks to Scott and to REI.
By the way, if you are wondering why I didn't just purchase a bike in South Florida, I used 107,000 American Express points to pay for most of the bike, but REI does not ship to homes, only to their own bike stores, and they have no stores in Florida. It was either buy a bike with cash, or buy it this way. I had a trip coming up to Raleigh, so I worked it all out and the REI people were responsive and great at every turn. This was my first experience with REI and I am sold for buying their products.
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