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Considering a Scott Sub 30, need advice please

Old 12-22-11, 08:53 PM
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Considering a Scott Sub 30, need advice please

I was pretty impressed when i saw the Scott Sub 30 700C at the local bike shop. I was hoping some of you could comment on the bike and its components. The local bike shop was offering it for sale for $610 after registration (~$20). Is this bike a good value?

https://www.scott-sports.com/gb_en/pr...9/65023/221823

I would prefer to have all terrain tires. Can anyone recommend a 700C all terrain tire? Can i use a 29'er tire?

Anything you folks would modify on the bike? Good bang for the buck. Handlebars? Brake pads?

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-23-11, 12:25 AM
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Good looking bike. What is the $20 registration for?

Value is in the eye of the beholder, have you looked at any other bikes? have you ridden this bike and others? have you looked online and other LBS to see if that price is fair?

The group set looks good, not high end but with normal maintenance will last a long time. Tektro brakes are good also. I'd skip the all terrain tires unless you are going off road, those tires will be more than adequate for street, gravel, and dirt paths.
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Thanks for your insight.

$20 reg for City and County of Honolulu. I've looked at other mountain bikes in this price range from Spec, Trek, Giant, and Diamondback. I prefer no suspension since all bikes in this price range have cheapo front suspension with no lock-out. I haven't had a chance to ride this bike yet since i was in a rush to get in and out of the bike store. But i did ride other mountain bikes 26 and 29'ers.

The bike will only be used for exercise. I usually ride 3-12 miles depending on my energy and mood. I hop curbs and do some light off-road on grass and dirt. You think this bike will be sufficient for me?

What would be your first few upgrades to this bike if you were to get it for yourself?
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Just buy the bike as is, and replace when necessary. Use any extra money you have on lights, helmet etc. I use cyclocross tyres and it sounds like that's all you would need, as 29ers would most probably be to wide for what you need.
I'm surprised your city / state charges so much for rego. Ours is only $5.

edit I just checked your link and the tyres you have are already wider than mine. I'd say it's all go go go. Mine are 32mm

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Old 12-23-11, 05:47 AM
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Nice bike, I really like the way Scott handle the rear brake location, very practical. The tyres should be fine for mixed riding with occasional tracks and trails.
I dont think it needs any upgrades to be rideable.
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Definitely ride for a few months before you upgrading, you may find you don't need any upgrades and if you do you'll know what you want to change.
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I tried a Scott SUB20 a whiles back and I liked that it was light and quick, but I couldn't stand the ride. This was back when they sold the SUB line with 32mm tires. The roads here are fairly dilapidated and unless I was riding on perfectly smooth pavement, I felt like I had to dodge every single little thing in the road just to make it comfortable. Even with the tires down to 50PSI or so, it didn't feel all that much better.

In contrast the bike I'm now riding is pudgy and slower, but I can ride over cracks without jarring my teeth loose.

What I did like about the Scott SUB20 was that it was quicker than my Marin Muirwoods 29er (possibly due to the tires) and that the rear brake is inside the rear triangle which makes attaching a rack much easier. The hydraulic brakes also felt smoother and seemed to work better than my mechanical disc brakes.

Take it out for a test ride over some imperfect roads and see how you like it.

As far as installing wider tires goes, the internal rim width is 17mm. It's probably best to only use tires up to 40mm.
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