Scott Addict Team Issue £5999.99

Orica GreenEdge’s aero-featured featherweight flyer

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Scott was one of the first major manufacturers to launch a super-lightweight road bike when it created the original Addict. The newly reimagined model is not only lighter, it has a nod to aerodynamics with F01 tube profiles developed for Scott’s Foil aero road machine: a partial aerofoil shape that cuts into the air smoothly and reduces drag while staying within the UCI’s regulations.

That said, our test bike is so light – with a claimed 790g frame and 300g fork – that at 6.34kg it would fall foul of the cycling authority’s minimum weight restrictions.

  • Highs: Light, lively, engaging and fun, and a brilliantly accomplished climber
  • Lows: Grabby braking, and the carbon rims can get hot on long descents
  • Buy If: You favour climbing above all else, but still want a bike that’s involving to ride quickly

The kit is based around 11-speed Dura-Ace, Shimano’s top-level slick-shifting mechanical groupset. We did think the pro-style gearing – 53/39 chainset, 11-25 cassette – might leave us struggling on steeper climbs, but the bike’s low overall weight and lightweight wheels meant that was never the case. We’d have preferred something a little easier, but we made it up all the same…

The RL1.1 wheels are from Syncros – now part of Scott – and at just 1310g (575g front, 735g rear) they’re light for clinchers. The full carbon 28mm deep/ 21mm wide rim is combined with straight-pull spokes and a DT Swiss hub.

The remainder of the kit also comes from Syncros – and it, too, is light. The carbon bar weighs 225g, the saddle less than 180g, and with a carbon seatpost and stem you can see how the Scott hardly troubles the scales.

The Addict uses F01 aero tube shapes conceived for the Foil aero road bike

The focus of the Addict’s racing geometry is a near-parallel 73.3-degree head and 73-degree seat angle with a wheelbase a fraction over 1m. The angles mean a snappy response to turn-in, the length gives it a certain amount of stability, and over rolling terrain the Addict is an easy bike to ride quickly. Even when things do get more twisty it never leaves you feeling nervous.

The Addict also rides superbly on smooth roads, enabling you to gain plenty of pace and keep your momentum. Over poorer surfaces you do feel a little disconnected, though, the bike feeling as if it’s skipping across the surface rather than adhering to it. After a few hours this can become a little tiring and you need to keep your concentration levels high.

It’s when the going points upwards that the Addict really comes into its own, though. Those lightweight carbon wheels turn the Team Issue into a phenomenal climber, encouraging you to attack every incline.

Syncros’s lightweight carbon clinchers are great for climbing, not so good for braking

On descents the carbon rims can cause the braking to be a little grabby, even with Dura-Ace’s normally powerful and controlled performance and excellent SwissStop pads. And they retain plenty of heat on long descents too, which will affect tyre pressures, so we wouldn’t recommend you using lightweight or latex tubes.

Overall, though, we love the Addict’s charms and for lighter riders especially the Team Issue makes perfect sense. The aggressive geometry results in pitch-perfect handling, and although some bikes better it for compliance over rougher surfaces, we’d easily live with that thanks to the Scott’s plentiful positives.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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