‘Horses for courses’ I muttered as I leaned into yet another waterlogged bend, 50 miles into a rutted road ride in weather that could only be described of as ‘British’.
There are hundreds of great bikes to choose from – the art is in picking the one that’s best designed for your style of riding. If you’re into long miles, want a comfortable and confidence inspiring platform and components designed to perform in all conditions, this bike could be for you.
The Scott Contessa Solace is an endurance ready bike that’s been engineered specifically for women based on feedback from customers and dealers. It’s been fitted with components that see it veering dangerously close to the ‘adventure road’ genre – which is dangerously good if you fancy getting off the beaten track.
In fact, as I’m rolling along in a group, describing the hydraulic disc brakes and 28mm tyres, a fellow rider asks me “is it actually a road bike?” – and I have to confess – this bike certainly blurs the distinguishing lines. Here’s the lowdown…
Scott Contessa Solace 15 Disc Women’s 2017 Road Bike frame
Scott have been manufacturing women’s specific bikes under the ‘Contessa’ name for years – and this carbon frame has been created from the ground up to suit the requirements Scott believe the majority of female riders have.
Speaking to Women’s Marketing Co-ordinator at the 1958 founded brand, Sarah Merminod tells me: “The Scott Contessa Solace has designed using feedback from focus groups, customers and dealers. It’s got a shorter top tube, and a taller head tube, which puts the rider into a more stable and upright position. If women are looking for a real racing machine, we’d point them more in the direction of our [unisex] Addict or Foil frames.”