The SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 promises powerful assistance in a stylish looking package. The former is provided by the seamlessly integrated TQ motor, while the latter is down to a beautiful design and a host of high-end carbon components. Theoretically, it ticks all the right boxes, but surely there has to be a catch on this all-road ebike?
This bike was reviewed as part of our 2023 all-road bike shootout. You’ll find a comprehensive group test and test field overview here: The best all-road bike of 2023 10 all-road bikes in review
If you’re still talking about the big ebike or gravel trend, you’ve undoubtedly missed the boat. By now, both have established themselves as cash cows and integral parts of almost all major bike brand portfolios. With the Solace eRIDE 10, SCOTT have taken things a step further, combining these best-selling categories into an all-road ebike. The result is a high-quality, beautiful looking bike boasting the latest tech. The only difference between the two Solace eRIDE variants is the specced handlebars, tires, and groupset. The name Solace probably wasn’t chosen willy-nilly either, meaning to give comfort, console, or cheer. The only question is, what should this all-road ebike give consolation for?
Where is the soul in the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10, and what is it capable of?
For an all-road ebike like the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10, it’s what’s inside that counts, of course, but looks are important, nonetheless. The blue glittery effect of the front section fades into a deep black/carbon at the rear. It’s almost like you’ve got two designs in one, combining a flashy paint job with a subtle and classy finish. This is underlined by the stylish and understated branding, resulting in a balanced and beautiful looking product. The frame tubing is big and beefy, yet well-proportioned, with wide expanses flowing into slender contours. The battery sits upright in the down tube, i.e. with the flat edge to the side, allowing the down tube to look less hefty. The matt black Syncros Duncan SL Aero seat post and one-piece handlebar/stem also leave a high-quality and clean impression. Even the stem cap and spacers are profiled to match the frame, though the transition isn’t perfectly flush. To round it off, completely integrated cable routing makes for an incredibly neat package. Rushing by, you probably couldn’t tell that the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 is in fact an ebike. It’s only upon closer inspection of the bottom bracket that you would spot the motor. You can equip the bike with a wide range of accessories from Syncros, including lights, bags, stands, and mudguards, the necessary mounting points for which are hardly visible. You can even get tailor-made bikepacking bags.
The drivetrain of the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 is taken care of by Shimano’s DURA-ACE 2×12 groupset. With a 50/34 t crankset and 11–34 t cassette, the gearing caters to a wide range of scenarios. The mid-mounted TQ motor feeds directly into this, providing a maximum torque output of 50 Nm. Powering the motor is an integrated 360 Wh battery, and an optional 160 Wh range extender if needed. You can control it all via the small display and button in the top tube. It lets you select one of three support modes. Thanks to Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, you can link the system up with the TQ E-Bike app, and a host of other devices. While the Zipp 303 Firecrest wheelset might not be the best in its class, it’s exceptionally good either way. The 25 mm internal rim width underlines the bike’s versatility, and the 38 mm Schwalbe Pro One Evo Super Race tires, exclusive to SCOTT, are a perfect match. With a maximum tire clearance of 50 mm, that gives you 12 mm to play with. Priced at € 11,999, it’s the most expensive bike on test.
Scott Solace eRide 10
Seatpost Syncros Duncan SL Aero
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 160 mm
Drivetrain Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 2x12
Stem Syncros Creston IC SL 110 mm
Handlebar Syncros Creston IC SL 440 mm
Wheelset ZIPP 303 Firecrest ****
Tires Schwalbe Pro One 700x38c
Size 49 52 54 56 58
Weight 12,36 kg
Cleanly integrated mid-motor
Glittery blue paint and transparent finish revealing the carbon underneath
Clean look thanks to the one-piece cockpit
Matching in-house Syncros bags for the ultimate bikepacking setup
Ride the blues away! The SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 on the test track
There’s a lot to talk about on the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10, but how does it ride? Thanks to the comfortable yet sporty riding position, you should feel at home aboard the bike from the get-go. The one-piece cockpit from Syncros feels superb in the hands and contributes to the bike’s dynamic handling with its 110 mm stem, though adjustment is limited. The bike itself feels highly composed in almost all situations, which makes riding it seem effortless and drives up the fun-factor to unprecedented levels. This also feels great when going off-road. There’s sufficient compliance for longer detours on bumpy roads, though your biggest source of comfort are the tires themselves. Speaking of the tires, they stick to the tar through fast asphalt corners, which is a blast and further instils you with confidence. The fun doesn’t stop when it comes to shifting either, as the Shimano DURA-ACE drivetrain is generally outstanding, not just in this test field. Wherever and however you ride, the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 will put a smile on your face.
The TQ motor forms an inconspicuous part of the experience. It engages and disengages smoothly, blending seamlessly with your own pedalling input, resulting in an organic ride feel. The barely perceptible cut-out over 25 km/h reinforces this impression and proves that the fun doesn’t have to stop when the motor is switched off. Selecting one of the three support modes with just one button has the disadvantage that you must click through every mode to get from the highest to lowest and vice versa. In general, the motor offers plenty of support, becoming louder the more you demand from it, though it’s still relatively quiet – especially when compared to the MAHLE X20 in the ROSE REVEAL PLUS. The longer you ride the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10, the less it feels like an ebike, fading into the background for a pure, enjoyable riding experience and guaranteed rider’s high.
The SCOTT Solace eRIDE should come with the following disclaimer: Caution! Riding this bike can be addictive!
Who is the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 for?
All those looking for maximum enjoyment on different terrain can count on the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10. The ample tire clearance and wealth of mounting options make it an extremely versatile all-road bike that can also be converted into a gravel bike if required. With its built-in tailwind, this bike feels at home both on climbs and fast descents, so much so that it should come with an addiction disclaimer. This overall package also predestines the SCOTT for use as a speedy commuter.
Tuning tip:Syncros accessories for winter or commuting.
Conclusion on the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10
The SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10 is a well-rounded and high quality all-road concept that’s an absolute joy to ride, and there’s no catch. The beefy yet well-proportioned tubing and beautiful finish are more than the icing on the cake. Furthermore, the range of proprietary Syncros accessories allow you to customise the bike to suit your particular needs. Of our all-road test field, this was our testers’ favourite. If you’re looking for consolation, you will find it with the SCOTT Solace eRIDE 10.
- one bike to do it all, from all-road commuting to high-speed gravel rides
- a blast to ride, with and without assistance
- excellent components at a reasonable price
- You must click through every support mode to get from one to the other
You can find more about at scott-sports.com
The test field
You’ll find a comprehensive group test and test field overview here: The best all-road bike of 2023 10 all-road bikes in review
All bikes in test: Argon 18 Krypton (Click for review) | Merida Scultura Endurance 9000 (Click for review) | Parapera Atmos² (Click for review) | Pinarello x (Click for review) | Rondo Ratt CF (Click for review) | Rose Reveal Plus (Click for review) | Scott Solace eRide 10 | Specialized Roubaix Comp (Click for review) | Trek Domane SLR 7 AXS Gen 4 (Click for review) | Wilier Granturismo SLR (Click for review)
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Words & Photos: mschneider