Entry level model of the Scott SUB (Speed Utility Bike) range, the SUB 40 and its cousin the SUB 40 Solution certainly deserve to be taken seriously I think.
Apart from the frame geometry, the specifications of the two models are exactly the same. The Solution geometry, while aimed more at women riders perhaps, gives anybody the option of choosing a lower, more MTB-style bike if they choose.
The SUB concept seems to be one of simplicity coupled with practicality and performance -
- Lightweight alloy frame.
- No suspension, but essential shock absorption from the wide tyres.
- Clearance on the frame and forks for mudguards, together with fittings for racks.
- 700 mm road wheels for decent speed around town.
- Good range of sizes.
With a price tag of around £450, the 40 is comparable with most of the competition of similar spec
What about the details?
Frame & Forks
All SUBs are built around a 6061 alloy frame, double butted for strength where it matters, but designed to keep the weight down. The weight of the 40 is a fraction over 12.5 kg – not bad at all.
The straight forks are also alloy, and rigid (as are all SUB forks). Rigid forks also keep the weight down, particularly at the front (no, really…) which makes for agility and manoeuvrability.
The paintwork is pretty smart I think – a Mid Grey on the SUB and Light Blue on the Solution, both finished off with elegant graphics.
The 40 is one of the three models in the range with derailleur gears and as such gives you the flexibility both to tackle hills and to cover distances at reasonable speed. This versatility allows the 40 to be both a commuter and also a weekend fun machine.
The gear components are based around a Shimano Acera rear derailleur with compatible M191 front mech. Fairly basic MTB components to be sure, but still Shimano. You get 24 ratios from the triple chainset design, selected with EZ Fire Plus shifters, integrated with the brake levers. The operation of these is dead easy – two levers, click up the range with one, down with the other, with an indicator to show the chosen gear.
V-brakes provide the stopping power on the 40 – the only V-brake model in the SUB range. Nothing wrong with V-brakes at all – plenty of power, and simple to maintain while keeping the weight and cost down.
The colour-coordinated 700mm Ryde rims, fitted with 37mm tyres and 32 stainless spokes look like they will take plenty of punishment – essential for an urban environment that is the SUB’s natural home. Being road-wheel size they will aid rolling – wide tyres on a 26” rim can prove hard work, even if pumped up hard.
All the Rest
The Scott SUB saddle on its black alloy seatpost is reported to be very comfortable, the 610mm wide handlebars with 15 degree rise will give you a comfortable riding position and the flat pedals (basic composite construction) are all you need on an urban bike, unless you are going in for high-powered pedalling with cleats – you could always fit some if you want.
Scott have designed an Urban Kit, containing mudguards and a rear luggage rack, which turns any Scott bike into a super-practical commuter. They are probably essential pieces of kit actually.
The SUB 40 and SUB 40 Solution look like decent entry-level models to the SUB range. At £450 at present, they line up pretty closely with the Sportster 50, the Kona Dew and the Specialized Sirrus Sport.
The Sportster has a suspension fork, but is 1.1 kg heavier, the Kona is very similar in spec, but with a less sporty look altogether, while the Sirrus is more open-road oriented, less of a street bike. All have broadly similar levels of components though, so it’s going to be a matter of personal taste I guess.
Another alternative is the Giant Seek 3 – very similar street-bike look, but with disc brakes and a price tag some £70 more.
SUB 40 Solution
Frame Scott SUB/Solution 6061 Alloy, Double butted
Fork Scott SUB alloy, V-brake only
Front Derailleur Shimano M-191
Rear Derailleur Shimano M-360 Acera 8-Speed
No of Gears 24
Shifters Shimano EF-51 EZ-Fire Plus
Chainrings 48x38x28T, Chainguard
Cassette Shimano HG-31 8-speed 11-32T
Pedals VP 856 Composite Flat with reflectors
Brakes Scott Comp V-Brake
Handlebars SUB 610mm, 15° bend
Rims Ryde DP 2000 700C, 32H, Grey or Blue
Tyres Schwalbe Citizen 700 x 37C
Saddle Scott SUB SC-30, Alloy post
Weight 12.6 kg / 28 lbs
Colour SUB:- Grey
SUB Solution:- L Blue
Sizes SUB:- XS, S, M, L, XL
SUB Solution:- S, M, L, XL
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