A versatile solution to move easily both between city traffic and gravel paths
Getting around big cities pedalling on an E-Bike brings many benefits: from increasing personal fitness to saving time while travelling.
Driven by these motivations the Swiss company Scott has developed a pedal-assisted bike specifically designed for commuters.
The geometries of the aluminium frame (E-SUB 6061 Alloy) provide the highest and comfortable possible riding position. The top tube is longer than what other brands usually use (57.7cm on M size). The seat angle is 66°. Despite the high length of the top tube the bike is however suitable for cycling tourists and slow travel thanks to its slopping format.
The addition of the front suspensions make this bike perfect for riding on any terrain, including dirt roads.
For this model's assistance Scott chose the Bosch Active Line system. Among all the engines produced by the German company this one is the most suitable for the E-Sub Tour. The maximum torque of 50Nm, the pedal assistance of 250% and the quiet running make the Bosch Active Line motor ideal for easy rides.
The assistance has 4 different levels of supply: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo.
The battery autonomy is fairly high, ranging from 115 kilometres if riding in Eco to just 50 kilometres if riding in Turbo mode; if pedalling in the middle levels of support you can use the supply for 65 kilometres in Sport mode and 80 kilometres in Tour mode.
The assistance level you are using is shown live via a screen placed on the handlebar.
You don’t need to remove the battery to recharge it and a full recharge will take more or less 3 hours.
According to the European regulation the support will stop working once passed 25km/h.
WEIGHT AND COMPONENTS
The weight is similar to the other E-bikes, 23 kilograms. When you are riding with the turned on assistance the weight is not a problem but pedaling while the battery is turned off the weight is a limit that should not be underestimated.
Scott offers a standard components package:
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-T610-SGS 10 Speed
- Cassette: Shimano Deore SL-T610
- Brakes: Shimano BR-M315 Disc
- Crankset: FSA Metropolis 18T
- Handlebar: NR AL 196 BT
- Stem: JD-ST103 with adjustable inclination
- Pedals: VP 573
- Seatpost: SP 297 N
- Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2,5
- Chain: KMC X10
The bicycle is also equipped with both rear and front lights and a carrier.
Since this is a bicycle designed for commuter use we decided to try it riding from one side to the other of the chaotic city of Treviso.
The first problem that emerged while pedalling on this route was the non-immediate responsiveness of the assistance when starting on long gears. This problem occurs in both Eco and Turbo modes.
However once reached a regular speed the assistance becomes really comfortable and gentle.
Except for this small negative note the rest of the test was overall perfect. Thanks to the dedicated geometry the total weight of 23 kilos did not affect the overall driveability of the bike.
The high riding position allows you to move easily between traffic and city obstacles.
The presence of disc brakes is essential to ensure safety and braking readiness when needed.
The overall evaluation is positive allowing us to promote the Scott E-Sub Tour as an excellent bike to use on the commute from home to work and during relaxing Sunday family rides.
The price of the bicycle is more or less 2000 euros.
You can find the Scott E-Sub Tour model at the Grint Bike workshop in San Michele di Piave (TV).