Kicking off our 2019 bike testing is this Contessa Speedster Gravel 25, a women's specific gravel and adventure bike from Scott. It's a 'do it all' gravel basher with geometry that mimics the men's bike, that won't rinse your pocket.
The Scott Contessa Speedster Gravel 25 is one bike from a range of six bikes that includes both men's women's and a kids version too. The Speedster range is differentiated from the Addict gravel bikes by being more affordable, alloy framed bikes. The Speedsters also sport steeper seat angles, slightly steeper head angles, taller head tubes, a tad longer reach, and also very minutely higher bottom brackets.
The women's version of the Speedster isn't all that different to the men's or unisex Speedster Gravel 30. The geometry is identical with a 72 degree head angle on this Small bike, a 74.5 degree seat angle, a top tube of 530mm, a seat tube of 52mm and a head tube of 141mm. Our bike gets a 'pinker' paint job, but it's one I quite like, the coral is striking and looks good against the sage green frame alongside the colour matched bar tape.
The handlebars of our bike measure 400mm and it is specced with a 90mm stem, all fairly normal kit for a bike of this size. The frame with is 520mm seat tube is quite 'classic triangle road bike' frame in shape, for example with seat tube this long I'd struggle to get a dropper post in here and argument could be given to sizing down to accommodate this.
The bike is specced with a carbon fork, internal cable routing and some reliable kit at the more budget end of things. There's a Tiagra groupset with 50-34T chainrings paired with a 10 speed 11-34t cassette and 170mm cranks. The Tiagra brakes are cable actuated and used here with 160mm rotors front and rear.
To keep you rolling are 700c Syncros Race 24 Disc rims laced to Formula hubs and shod with Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres (700x34c). Most of the finishing kit is Syncros too, bars, stem, seat post and ladies saddle are all from the same stable.
The full build comes in at £1,099 with the men's bike costing the same. If you have more cash to spare the next bike up in the range is the Contessa Speedster Gravel 15 (or just Speedster Gravel 20 for the boys) which is £1,399 and features Shimano 105 groupset, which means hydraulic discs, on an otherwise identical build.
Scott Contessa Speedster Gravel 25 First Look-14.jpg, by Rachael Gurney
We're going to use this bike to escape the Christmas crazy, check back in the New Year for a review!
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