Scott has taken the endurance geometry of their Solace platform and adapted it for women with the Contessa Solace HMF Bike. The Contessa designation means they’ve built the bike with a 10mm shorter top tube and 10mm longer head tube, so that people with longer legs and shorter torsoes, relative to their height, can find a comfortable, high-performance, all-day bike. HMF is an acronym for Scott’s proprietary High Modulus Fibers, their light and stiff carbon cloth.
As the name suggests, this bike is targeted more towards women, as they are typically a bit shorter than men, and are longer-legged, and shorter-torsoed. That written, there is nothing other than the differing stack and reach dimensions that separate this from the “men’s” Solace. For each size, the head and seat angles are the same, with the same bottom bracket drop and chainstay length.
The bike looks just like the Solace because all the features of that bike are here. The same basics of their Comfort Geometry, just adapted for a shorter top tube and longer head tube. The same Bi Zone construction, which separates the comfort zones, found in the seat stays (this is why the brake is mounted under the bottom bracket), seat tube, seat post, top tube, and lower fork legs, where vertical flex is the priority-aided by their Shock Damping System (SDS) and the 27.2mm diameter seat post. The power zone is the stiff downtube, oversized BB86 bottom bracket shell, and rigid chain stays. This is for steering precision and maximum power transfer. Owing to what they expect to be the lighter pilots of the Solace, this model has a straight 1 1/8” steerer rather than a tapered, oversized steerer.
While the bikes come standard with 25mm tires, 28mm will fit without issue. The larger size can aid in comfort, and help you go off-roading more successfully.
Cabling is internal and allows for the use of either mechanical or electronic shifting.
The Scott Contessa Solace HMF is happy in a group or on its own, and gives peace of mind wherever you go.