New Scott Addict spotted at Tour of Flanders

Orica-GreenEdge and IAM Cycling debut new bike at Classics race

The Orica-GreenEdge and IAM Cycling pro teams previewed a new Scott Addict at the start of this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen race. Neither an aero machine like the Foil or a dedicated endurance beast like the CR1, the revamped Addict could signal the latest salvo in the lightweight bike wars.

Like the original Addict, the new Scott uses mostly roundish tubes, to maximize its stiffness-to-weight ratio. Perhaps to help mask its true identity, many of the trailing edges of the team bikes were painted in contrasting colors, like on the Foil, but any truncated airfoil shaping here is extremely subtle – if it's there at all.

In fact, there's little in the way of radical shaping anywhere, with even the rear end bearing straightforward cross-sections, including tall and fat chain stays that taper gently from front to rear and medium-sized seat stays that are dead straight from top to bottom.

The busy cockpit of Orica-GreenEdge vet Stuart O'Grady

There's also a telescoping round seatpost (we're guessing it has a 30.9mm diameter) secured with a conventional external clamp, a PF86 press-fit bottom bracket shell with corresponding broad chain stays and down tube, and convertible internal routing for mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Di2-equipped team bikes were fitted with internal batteries, although we expect the production Addict to come with dedicated external battery mounts, too.

Geometry appears to be carried over from the Foil, with a low front end that had even team riders running at least a few millimeters of headset spacers beneath their stems. While it's hard to believe this is the case, the head tube's slim profile suggests there might be a straight 1 1/8in-diameter steerer hidden away inside – or if it is tapered, it's the less dramatic 1 1/8in to 1 1/4in variety.

The rear end of the new scott addict is very similar to the one used on the foil. don't be fooled by the paintjob on the seat tube, though - it's essentially round:

 Don't be fooled by the paintjob on the seat tube, though - it's essentially round

Scott has yet to announce the new model, or even a launch date for an official introduction. But if we're right about the bike's intended aim, we anticipate sub-800g frame weights. Both teams' bikes had UCI approval decals, so we expect to hear more later this season.

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James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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