Scott launches redesigned Addict CX carbon cyclocross bike for 2016

Claimed lighter, stiffer, and more comfortable plus thru-axles and discs all around

Scott today pulled the curtains back on a wholly redesigned Addict CX carbon cyclocross racer. Despite the addition of thru-axles and disc brakes front and rear, claimed frame weight has dropped to an astonishing 890g for a medium size. Scott says the new Addict CX is also stiffer down below and more comfortable up top. Now let’s just hope it gets here in time for 'cross season.

Scott Addict CX key features:

  • 890g/360g claimed frame/fork weight (medium)
  • 61.5 percent claimed improvement in comfort
  • 24 percent claimed increased bottom bracket stiffness
  • 32 percent claimed increased head tube stiffness
  • 100x12mm front, 142x12mm rear thru-axles
  • Front and rear disc brakes (140 or 160mm rotors, post mount or Shimano flat mount)
  • Optional lightweight single-ring chain guide
  • 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in tapered head tube with integrated bearings
  • PF86 bottom bracket
  • Convertible cable routing
  • August availability

Big improvements all around

The current Scott Addict CX is no slouch come race day but Scott says it wanted to widen the bike’s appeal while also making it faster, too.

New tube shapes, hollow carbon dropouts, and a refined layup schedule have supposedly dropped 60g from the original, bringing the claimed weight down to just 890g for a medium size (plus 360g for the all-new matching fork). Meanwhile, a partially flattened top tube, offset seatstays, and a slimmed-down 27.2mm seatpost are said to boost rider comfort by more than 60 percent (based on deflection at the saddle under load). Scott also claims concurrent gains in head tube and drivetrain stiffness thanks to the newly tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in front end and new PF86 bottom bracket shell, which not only allows for a much bigger down tube but also spreads the chainstays far enough apart that they no longer need to be pinched down for tyre clearance.

The down tube is much bigger than before but is still a reasonable size to grab with your hand:
The down tube is much bigger than before but is still a reasonable size to grab with your hand:

The new bike is supposedly not only stiffer and lighter but more comfortable, too

Naturally, Scott has graced its latest carbon 'cross racer with front and rear disc brakes and thru-axles at both ends. Riders will be able to use either 140mm or 160mm-diameter rotors, as well as either Shimano’s upcoming Flat Mount brake calipers or current post mount ones with an adapter. The rear end uses the conventional 142x12mm axle dimensions while the front goes with the new 100x12mm standard.

Tyre clearance is greatly increased all around with the new bike said to accommodate tyres up to 40mm wide. The tops of the chainstays are even shaped so as to help cleave caked-on mud from the sides of the tyre, and there’s not even the hint of a shelf behind the bottom bracket shell on which debris can accumulate.

Thru-axles and disc brakes were chosen for the new design from the outset. while the rear end uses the current 142x12mm axle size, the front end uses the new 100x12mm standard:
Thru-axles and disc brakes were chosen for the new design from the outset. while the rear end uses the current 142x12mm axle size, the front end uses the new 100x12mm standard:

Disc brakes and thru-axles are featured at both ends

Cable routing is fully internal and convertible via a series of interchangeable ‘chips’ at the head tube and rear dropout. Mechanical and electronic drivetrains are easily accommodated, and there’s even an optional port for an internally routed dropper seatpost should you want to use one.

One particularly clever feature is the front derailleur tab. Not only is it (and the mini-chain keeper below it) removable when using a 1x drivetrain but the mounting holes can instead be used for a custom mini-chain guide for what should be an ultra-reliable single-chainring setup. That chainguide is even ultra light at just 22g (claimed).

The bike can be set up in a number of different configurations. the front derailleur tab and integrated chain keeper can be removed when using a 1x setup and replaced with a slick mini-chain guide that supposedly weighs just 22g:
The bike can be set up in a number of different configurations. the front derailleur tab and integrated chain keeper can be removed when using a 1x setup and replaced with a slick mini-chain guide that supposedly weighs just 22g:

The removable front derailleur tab and bolt-on chainguide are very slick

Scott will offer the new Addict CX in two complete builds (although only the top-end model will be offered in the US):

Scott Addict CX 10 Disc

The stock scott addict cx 10 will instead get a clean - but rather staid - finish: the stock scott addict cx 10 will instead get a clean - but rather staid - finish
The stock scott addict cx 10 will instead get a clean - but rather staid - finish: the stock scott addict cx 10 will instead get a clean - but rather staid - finish

  • US$5,899 / £TBC / €TBC / AU$TBC
  • Addict CX HMX Disc frame
  • SRAM Force 1 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes
  • Syncros carbon cockpit and seatpost
  • Syncros RP1.0 carbon clincher disc wheels
  • 7.66kg (16.89lb) actual weight (size large)

Scott Addict CX 20 Disc

  • US$n/a / £TBC / €TBC / AU$TBC
  • Addict CX HMF Disc frame
  • Shimano 105 drivetrain and RS505 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Syncros aluminium cockpit and carbon seatpost
  • Syncros RP2.0 aluminium clincher disc wheels
  • Weight TBC

For more information, visit www.scott-sports.com.

James Huang

Former Technical Editor, US
James was BikeRadar's US tech editor from 2007-2015.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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