Pro bike: Sylvain Chavanel's Scott Addict

IAM Cycling rider's bike radiates orange

Popular French rider Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) got a freshly painted one-off bike back in May that he's brought to the Tour de France. Painted in Switzerland by André Marty, the bike's design was created by Scott staffers with input from Chavanel.

The Scott Addict is otherwise a stock bike, identical in geometry to his standard team bikes. But while at least one of his regular bikes uses an SRM, he forgoes the power meter here, freeing up some weight to run deeper aero wheels and still stay close to the 6.8kg / 15lb UCI minimum weight limit. We weighed this machine at 6.89kg / 15.19lb.

Sylvain chavanel's scott addict

Video: Sylvain Chavanel's Scott Addict

Although the Tour de France is cycling's biggest stage — upon which teams and companies eagerly put their best foot forward — it isn't immune to the realities of bike racing. Before the Tour even started, Chava's orange bike bore testament to at least one crash, with paint nicked on the fork and frame.

Chavanel's Scott Addict also has alloy handlebars, which many pro teams use because they aren't as likely to be broken in a crash, so riders can (hopefully) hop back up and keep going should they touch down.

At the Tour, IAM Cycling riders can choose between the lightweight Addict and the more aero Foil. Chava has both bikes on hand. But only one bike in the world has this paint job.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frameset: SCOTT Addict HMX-NET
  • Fork: SCOTT Addict HMX-NET, 1 1/8-to-1 1/4in tapered
  • Stem: Ritchey WCS alloy, 120mm
  • Handlebars: Ritchey WCS NeoClassic alloy, 42cm
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25t
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 172.5mm
  • Power meter: SRM on stock team bike; none on this bike
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000
  • Wheels: DT Swiss RC55T
  • Tyres: Schwalbe One tubulars
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch 2
  • Seatpost: Ritchey WCS Addict
  • Weight: 6.89kg / 15.19lb

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.81m (5ft 11in)
  • Reach, saddle tip to bar: 56cm
  • Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 8cm
  • Saddle height: 74cm
  • Stem length: 120mm
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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