Scott Addict 10 review

Racing machine with plenty to live up to

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,799.00 RRP | AUD $4,099.00 | USD $3,699.99

Our review

The Addict has an excellent ride as it is, but could be even faster
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Mark Cavendish arguably made his name on a Scott Addict as a serial Grand Tour stage winner for High Road/HTC. The frame developed along with him, from being just a featherweight all-rounder to one that could withstand the Manx Missile’s acceleration.

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After a brief hiatus, the Addict has returned as a foil to Scott’s own Foil (its top wind-cheating machine), excelling at being the Swiss company’s anti-gravity bike of choice and a great option for those not going the aero route.

Highs: Supple but rapid ride, with great handling

Lows: Some flex from the front end, and the wheels aren’t as fast as some

Buy if: You like a classy, rewarding and efficient bike

Undeniably cut from racer’s cloth, the 890g frame has a short head tube, allowing for the most extreme positions, and organic, flowing lines, from the subtly curving fork to the top and down tubes that flatten before joining the round seat tube. A wide BB86 Press-Fit bottom bracket, slim triangular seatstays and mildly asymmetric chunky chainstays finish off the understated frame.

Scott’s own component brand, Syncros, supplies all the parts, from wheels to bar, stem, seatpost and saddle, and it’s a competent package, the seatpost and saddle particularly drawing praise for comfort. The front-end combination of short head tube, a single 20mm spacer and the Syncros bar and stem permit some lateral flex when you’re pulling on the bar, but it’s not excessive.

The ride is positive and firm yet forgiving too, with a suppleness that’ll look after you through long events over rough roads. It also gives the Addict great road holding, with the tyres better able to follow contours than some ultra-rigid bikes that are prone to skip across them. Its nimble nature makes light work of twisty country lanes, and there’s always an extra kick there when needed, so it still proves a handy sprinter in signpost sprint contests. The frame isn’t as stiff as some (Canyon’s Ultimate CF SLX 7.0, for instance) and takes more effort to create speed, but the root cause of the Addict’s minor reluctance is the wheelset.

The RP1.5 wheels are made by DT Swiss and are fairly conventional, with straight-pull bladed spokes, 18/24 holes and an asymmetric 22mm-deep rear rim. They are quite responsive, hold speed well, and are a step up from entry-level hoops, but just lack some zing when called upon. The Continental Grand Sport Race tyres grip superbly even in mixed conditions, and the package would get you through races, but there are faster options out there that will really unlock the Addict’s potential.

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If you’re looking to go racing, and appreciate a bike with a light touch, the Addict will repay your dexterity with engaging handling and speed on tap, but with a wheel upgrade it’ll be faster still.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Addict 10 (14)
Brand Scott

Available Sizes XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Saddle Syncros RL2.0
Wheelbase (cm) 98.3
Top Tube (cm) 54
Standover Height (cm) 78
Seat Tube (cm) 48
Chainstays (cm) 40
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Weight (lb) 15.74
Year 2014
Wheelset Syncros RP1.5 : Front: 18 spokes : Rear: 24 spokes
Weight (kg) 7.14
Stem Syncros FL2.0 11cm
Shifters Shimano Ultegra 6800
Seatpost Syncros FL1.0 Carbon
Rear Wheel Weight 1550
Bottom Bracket Shimano Ultegra SM-BB7241
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race 700x23
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed
Headset Type Ritchey Pro Integrated 11/8-1¼in
Handlebar Syncros RR2.0 42cm
Front Wheel Weight 1050
Front Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race 700x23
Front Derailleur braze-on
Frame Material Addict HMF IMP Superlight carbon
Fork Offset 4.5
Fork Addict HMF, 11/8-1¼in carbon steerer
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 6800, 50/34, 172.5mm
Chain Shimano Ultegra 6800
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed 11-28
Brakes Shimano Ultegra 6800
Frame size tested M