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With the CR1, SCOTT introduced Shock Damping Technology (SDS). SDS combines specific tube designs, wall thicknesses, and Carbon lay-up to achieve a high lateral stiffness while at the same time enhancing comfort-relevant vertical compliance in both the rear triangle and the fork. As a result the CR1 has been appreciated by its riders for offering a high degree of comfort while not compromising on performance. 

At the same time, riding comfort of the CR1 was enhanced by means of an endurance geometry which allows the rider to take on a more upright position on the bike due to a longer headtube and a shorter toptube. With the Solace, SCOTT recently introduced a brand new endurance road bike that aims even higher.


The Solace has been designed to offer a comfortable ride without sacrificing immediate power transfer and direct handling abilities. To achieve this, SCOTT engineers designed a bike that consists of two specific “zones” that improve the comfort and power transfer characteristics of the Solace - The Comfort Zone and The Power Zone. However, it doesn’t stop there: The Solace offers an endurance-optimized geometry that allows for a more comfortable riding position on the bike and countless hours in the saddle without any discomfort. 

Disc brakes are the latest addition to the Solace. They increase the braking performance and reliability considerably no matter the weather conditions you are riding in. The Solace has been consequently developed to offer a comfortable and reliable riding sensation to the demanding recreational cyclist.



The engineers at SCOTT spent a lot of time analyzing the compliance characteristics of bike frames as well as finding unique solutions that match the engineering philosophy of the Carbon experts in Switzerland. As shown in the 3D drawings below, the joint between the seatpost, toptube, seattube and seatstays is the most crucial point when a frame is examined with regards to comfort. Based on this finding, the engineers analyzed and tested different solutions with regards to tube shapes, the Carbon lay-up and the attachment of the seatstays. Resulting from this analytical work, the engineers came up with a unique frame design in the most critical area for compliance of the rear triangle. They decided to attach the seatstays directly to the toptube, considerably improving comfort without compromising headtube torsional stiffness.
In addition, the engineers intentionally left out the traditional bridge between the seatstays required to mount the rear brake to make sure that the comfort through seatsay deflection is not compromised. Optimizing comfort at the front of the frame proved to be no lesser challenge for the engineers. In order to provide a comfortable riding sensation, the fork needs to give in to vibrations arising from the ground while at the same time needing to resist forces that arise from braking. The top area of the fork, including the Carbon steerer and the crown has to be rigid for direct handling and safe braking. To determine the right balance between comfort-increasing deformation and stiffness for braking efficiency, different Carbon lay-ups were developed and tested before a decision for the final version of the fork was made. 

The Power Zone

The most compliant frame does not help the rider if propulsion is neglected. That’s why the engineers simultaneously analyzed compliance and power transfer properties of the frame while developing the Solace. The main frame areas responsible for power transfer emanate from the bottom bracket where the power of the rider is transferred to the bike and from the headtube area where torsional forces of the rider apply- especially when riding out of the saddle.

As a result of this analytical work the engineers defined a power zone where they applied rigid frame structures resulting in a tapered headtube, oversized downtube, a massive bottom bracket area and asymmetrical chainstays and seatstays.

Balancing Opposed Forces

The Solace can be seen as having a split frame construction. While the Comfort Zone assures a comfortable riding sensation due to the absorption of shocks and vibrations arising from the ground, the Power Zone is comprised of laterally and torsionally rigid frame structures assuring maximum power transfer of rider-actuated forces. Obviously, comfort and power transfer need to be considered simultaneously when designing a bike. At a certain point compliance will begin to affect power transfer negatively and vice versa. 

That’s why the engineers at SCOTT spent a lot of time developing different lay-ups and collecting feedback from riders. Frames that offered a very high degree of deformation and consequently comfort were rejected by the testers as they felt power transfer was compromised substantially. This extensive testing procedure allowed the engineers to determine the best balance between comfort and power transfer. With the Solace, SCOTT presents a functional and visually unique endurance roadbike.

SCOTT’s proprietary Shock Damping System (SDS) has been developed to increase the comfort of the frame and fork through deformation. The tube shape design, the choice of Carbon fiber types and the sophisticated orientation of these during the manufacturing process are done with the ultimate goal in mind of improving shock dampening and vibration absorption abilities of the frame without compromising power transfer.

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