Scott Addict 30 Disc review

Designed for endurance

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,899.00 RRP | AUD $2,760.00 | USD $2,000.00

Our review

The Addict 30 Disc is a superior back lane conqueror or mixed route masher, with a sporty, comfortable ride and sensible spec
Buy if, You want a bike that’ll make long rides over almost any surface a more pleasant experience
Pros: Responsive frame, voluminous tyres, excellent ride quality
Cons: Lower kit spec adds weight, not a rapid climber
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With more float than a reclining otter, Scott’s Addict 30 Disc adds another facet to the Addict model’s almost all-encompassing ability. To date there’s the Addict RC fast road bike, Addict CX and Addict Gravel, mainly with disc brakes, so where does the Addict 30 Disc fit in?

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Scott says it’s not really designed for racers, but with endurance in mind, it sets its stall out with some impressively large tyres.

  • The Scott Addict 30 Disc is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women’s bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub.

The lowest priced of the three Addict Disc models, this bike shares the same MF carbon frame and full carbon fork, but economises on components compared to its more costly stablemates.

Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra drivetrain looks smart, with an obvious family resemblance to the groupsets above it, and here it’s mated to the RS405 hydraulic levers and disc calipers for greater performance than cable-operated discs.

Shimano RS405 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors
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Scott’s in-house components arm Syncros supplies the Race 24 Disc wheelset and all finishing kit, and the bike rolls on the road bike equivalent of balloon tyres.

The Alex-made rims are shallow at 24mm, but 26mm wide externally, providing good support for Schwalbe’s Durano E 32mm tyres. The constraints of rim brakes mean the non-disc Addict is limited to 28mm tyres, whereas the Addict 30 Disc’s Schwalbes use almost all of the frame and fork clearance available.

Scott Addict 30 Disc performance

The effect that large tyre volume has on performance is twofold. It allows for lower tyre pressures, and therefore greater comfort, grip and control, but the increased mass of rubber and rim does hurt acceleration. Even at 70–75psi the ride is incredibly smooth, no matter what the surface, and with the fat Schwalbes you could definitely go lower. 

Good tarmac feels like rolling on marshmallows across velvet, and potholed tarmac or rough gravel surfaces are tamed, with every large impact smoothed and damped before it reaches the rider.

Shimano Tiagra
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It’s not all about the tyre size though, as the frameset is extremely stiff, especially around the wide bottom-bracket shell, chainstays and head tube. Every pedalling effort provokes an instant reaction, and the Addict 30 Disc feels very responsive. 

Because of the aforementioned rotational mass, I found myself spinning slightly smaller gears more of the time, rather than trying to heave around bigger ones. It just seemed to suit the bike’s characteristics better, and generated speed more efficiently. But once speed builds up, it’s not hard to maintain a good pace, the frame’s eager nature making relatively swift progress fun.

Scott Addict 30 Disc ride experience

Flat or gently rolling roads hold no fear for this bike, but longer, steeper hills are harder work, and I was glad of the 34 x 32 lowest gear on my longest local climb’s 17 percent grades. 

It’s a keen climber, but gravity beats mass in this instance. Descending is the Addict 30 Disc’s happy place though, with grip, great frame, tyre compliance and fine brakes to keep you feeling utterly relaxed and in total control, it makes you want to climb more just to come down again.

Part of the Addict 30 Disc’s descending prowess comes from the relaxed 72.5-degree head tube angle, ensuring those big tyres hold their course, and really increases stability. It feels reassuringly confident, but still nimble enough to flick around obstacles and tame technical corners.

Versatile and comfortable
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My 54cm bike’s 74-degree seat tube angle is a little steeper than average, making it more surprising that the bike comes with a zero setback seatpost as standard, leaving me sitting slightly further forward than I’d prefer. It’s always worth trying before you buy and a good bike shop should be able to get you seated comfortably.

The only time I noticed the bike’s 9.29kg weight was on steep climbs, the rest of the time, its plush-feeling, engaging ride meant I could forgive it almost anything. 

Scott’s framesets are never cheap and the extra weight it carries due to its less expensive wheels and components slows progress at times, but maximising the tyre volume gives it a great USP and hugely increases its riding versatility.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Addict 30 Disc
Brand Scott

Available Sizes 47cm 49cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm
Seatpost Syncros Carbon RR1.2
All measurements for frame size tested 54cm
Reach (cm) 38.12
Stack (cm) 57.13
Head Tube (cm) 16.5
Frame size tested 54cm
Wheelbase (cm) 99.69
Top Tube (cm) 54.5
Seat Tube (cm) 54
Chainstays (cm) 41.5
Wheelset Syncros Race 24 Disc
Weight (kg) 9.29
Stem Syncros RR2.0 alloy
Shifters Shimano RS405 hydraulic 10 speed
Seat Angle 74
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-RS500-PB
Saddle Syncros FL2.0
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Durano E 32mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Headset Type Syncros integrated
Head Angle 72.5
Handlebar Syncros Creston 2.0 compact alloy
Front Tyre Schwalbe Durano E 32mm
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Frame Material Addict Disc MF Carbon technology
Fork Addict Disc MF carbon
Cranks Shimano Tiagra, 50/34
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano HG500 11-32 10 speed
Brakes Shimano RS405 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors
Bottom-bracket drop (cm) 6.7