Scott Speedster 10 Disc

The Scott Speedster 10 Disc is a well-priced, well-specced general purpose road bike. It’s listed as £1,399, but for an extra £29.99 you can get it with mudguards fitted.

The frame is double-butted aluminium and although its lines are straight, every tube has been shaped, tapered or flattened in some way to improve performance and comfort. The mech cables and brake hoses run internally for the most part, which helps keep the bike’s profile sleek and clean.

The 181mm head tube is topped with a 25mm headset collar, which makes for a tall front end. But then this isn’t a race bike; the Speedster 10 Disc is aimed at people mixing leisure road riding with commuting, hence an elevated front end makes perfect sense.

It’s not just taller though, it’s shorter — even with a 120mm stem there’s about 20mm less reach than on more race-bred road bikes. Nevertheless, it feels fine and puts the hoods in a comfortable position.

Scott has fitted the new Shimano 105 groupset, with its hydraulic disc brakes and Shadow rear mech. The hoods are hugely comfortable and offer excellent grip. As for the shifting performance, it’s very good — not quite as crisp as Ultegra, but more than adequate for almost everyone.

The only deviation from 105 is the non-series RS510 chainset. It’s been coloured to match the 105 components but sports forged aluminium cranks, rather than Hollowtech ones that grace the 105 unit.

Syncros supplies the alloy bar, stem and seatpost, as well as the saddle and wheels, which are shod with 32mm Schwalbe Durano tyres. Their extra volume really helps to shape the Speedster’s ride, not only allowing you to run lower tyre pressures (I ran 75/70psi), but also providing greater grip and comfort.

It has a direct and positive feel; it picks up speed efficiently, then spins along comfortably. Its mudguards provide good protection from wheel spray, although for serious winter use, I’d fit flaps on the ends. Two beefy stays hold the rear mudguard in place but aren’t enough to stop it rattling on rougher ground.

Over broken tarmac, the Scott has great composure. It absorbs enough of the impacts and road buzz to leave you calmly watching the miles tick by.

Its 10.57kg weight means it’s not the greatest of climbing machines — tackling big hills with it requires big efforts — but with enough momentum you can heave it over short rises while staying in the big ring.

The Speedster is at home cruising along at speeds below 20mph, but sustaining anything above that, even on the flat, quickly becomes a serious workout. As eager and lively as it feels, it isn’t blessed with natural speed.

Which isn’t to say it’s a long and lazy chopper; its short 415mm chainstays and tight 991.6mm wheelbase ensure the handling is both predictable and rewarding.

Plus, the grip provided by the wide tyres and stopping power of the 105 hydraulics means you can easily rein things in.

As a winter trainer or commuter, the Speedster 10 Disc is ideal.

Cheap enough that you won’t mind riding it in all conditions, but with a classy and engaging ride that’ll keep you happy every time you're on board.