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Scott Sports, the Swiss sporting giant with interests in bicycles, winter equipment, motorsports gear and sportswear have earned a name for being one of the most innovative and technologically advanced bicycle manufacturers in the world. The brand has recently forayed into the burgeoning Indian premium bicycle market with their expansive product line, with the aim to capture the minds of the urban rider. As far as Road bicycles are concerned, not everyone can afford SCOTT's top of the line Foil series of bicycles. So the Scott Speedster line of bicycles was designed to be the poor man's Foil.
The design of the Speedster 30 is highlighted by clean lines accentuated with what can only be described as a paint job that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is quite the looker from every angle.The frame is a double butted 6061 Aluminium alloy tubing with a road geometry integrated headtube. The frame is very well contoured and the build quality is top notch, the tubing is predominantly round with sleek seatstays and chainstays. The welds across key joints were compact, but for a bike slotted as a mid-premium level road bike, I would have expected a smoother, more aesthetic finish.
Overall the frame is quite stiff and ensures that there is not too much flex while riding, this is expected, as the Speedster 30 is not an out-and-out performance road bike for competition. It is a stable, comfortable bike that is also capable of transferring all the energy and momentum forward when you decide to push the bike while sprinting.
A special mention must be made of the handling of the bike, the compact frame and fork combination has resulted in a bike that is an able handler. The Speedster 30 handles directional changes with aplomb; it is not over responsive/sensitive like most road bikes.
The design and geometry of the bicycle has been intelligently altered to ensure comfort cruising and riding while retaining the bike's inherent road bike DNA. It is easily one of the most comfortable road bikes out there that I have ridden; and the fact that the designers at Scott have marginally increased the Head tube compared to the usual performance road bike geometry, has resulted in making the riding stance more upright and comfortable for longer rides or just everyday cruising.
The design of the handlebars is spot on and that has resulted in adding to the existing offering of it being an extremely comfortable bike.
The bicycle comes with Schwalbe Lugano 700 x 25C road tires which are just the right tires when you need the perfect combination of performance with durability. They boast of a puncture protection belt, which is a good feature for Indian roads. They are fitted to Syncros Race 27 Aero Profile Rims that will be a key factor in giving you that performance edge off the block.
The Tiagra combination found in the shifters (Shimano TIAGRA ST-4600 Dual control 20 Speed) and the front (Shimano TIAGRA FD-4600) and rear derailleurs (Shimano Tiagra RD-4601-SS 20 Speed) are predictable and expected for a bike in this road category. They perform well and are true and precise through all gears. It is a good combination if you're someone who is happy cruising while occasionaly looking to burst away from your pack.
The brakes are Tektro SCBR-525 Cartridge Pads which is sufficient for a road bike; however the brake levers are set really tight which could be difficult to operate for amateurs who are not used to dropdown brake levers.
The Scott Speedster 30 is a bicycle that any rider will fall in love with. Barring a few shortcomings and the marginally higher price, this is a bike that one should consider when they are looking for a road bicycle that is essentially for cruising while also packing a punch when required. It will certainly build your need to hit the road more often.