Just like its standard caliper-braked sibling, Scott’s Solace Disc was conceived from the outset as a bike for sportive/fondo and endurance riders. That means it’s 25mm taller at the front, with a top tube 5mm shorter, than its race-bred CR1 and Foil stablemates.

  • Highs: Exceptional handling, great brakes, smooth ride
  • Lows: Weird shiny saddle, and it should have a better chainset for the money
  • Buy If: You want a smooth-riding bike that’s quick to accelerate, stop and steer

But that doesn’t make this Solace some sort of laid-back cruiser. Our XL (58cm) test bike has a 575mm top-tube, which is easily long enough for you to get down into a speedier, more aero position.

The reach – the horizontal distance between the bottom bracket and head-tube – is a mere 11mm shorter than the Foil’s, which is very little in the grand scheme of things. The 73.3-degree head angle

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