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.
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.
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.
The new frames have not yet hit the UCI’s approved-frames list, but did have UCI approval stickers that indicated the Addict model name. Scott marketing manager Adrian Montgomery could not provide additional information at this time, and in fact team officials threw VeloNews.com out of the team’s paddock halfway through shooting the new bike.
But visual cues (and a bit of common sense, given its debut race) point to a more comfortable version of the aero Foil, an all-rounder along the lines of the old Addict.
The Addict was Scott’s thoroughbred race frame prior to the Foil, aiming at high stiffness and low weight. The Foil added aerodynamics to the mix, but made sacrifices in comfort. A new Addict would likely focus on the old values of low weight and high stiffness, as well as providing a more comfortable ride than the hyper-stiff Foil.
The down and seat stays appear to have been downsized but retain similar Kamm-tail shapes to Foil, while the seat tube has been rounded. A thick bottom bracket area and large chain stays point to a continued focus on stiffness — it seems unlikely that this frame will be aimed at the endurance road market, as some frames first spotted at the classics are.
Check back with us. We’ll keep you posted when these beauties go into production and are available at Higher Gear.