The Addict is back! Since its first release in 2007 the Addict has been known for lightweight, crisp power transfer and a very stiff, some would say harsh, ride. Why would SCOTT discontinue the bike, only to bring it back two years later? Evidently SCOTT has been working on the new Addict for almost 4 years, so when the bike came off the shelf in 2011 it was already well on it way to the next generation. One of SCOTTs main goals was to make the bike more comfortable, not surprising given its previous reputation. To do this they not only had to change the geometry of the bike but spent years testing different types of carbon and the precise layup of that carbon to deliver more compliance. This was obviously no easy task and needed to be achieved in a way that delivered a frame that was still affordable.
Far from a singe goal of compliance, SCOTT attacked every other aspect of performance. Right now, according to SCOTT, the Addict SL is currently the lightest platform on the market with frame and fork weighing only 995grams, putting the Cervelo RCa into second place. For those of you who are familiar with SCOTT’s use of HMX (High Modulus Carbon Extreme), mainly used in aerospace and military technology, you’ll see it has now been upgraded to HMX SL. Their precise placement of HMX SL, along with other levels of carbon, is what made the Addict lighter and stronger, as well as making the bike very stiff. SCOTT has gone to a monocoque mold for the front triangle, also adding strength and stiffness. The rear seat stays have been re-designed for more compliance while helping shed 12g of weight. The forks on the bike are another key design in their goal of making the bike more comfortable with added vertical compliance.
Though it’s race bred, all this work delivered 39% more compliance than the previous model. SCOTT equates this to comfort, but it’s long road tests that will truly determine if the words are synonymous when applied to the Addict. By optimizing its top tube-seat tube junction, and using thinner seat stays, SCOTT has created the stiff and light Addict that we know with more comfort. Switching to a thinner 27.2mm seat post will, without a doubt, aid in the compliance department. SCOTT has also coaxed an additional 6% of stiffness out of the bottom bracket. Of course, it wouldn’t be a new bike these days if it wasn’t more aero and it is, 25% less wind resistance than the previous Addict, giving you more speed for the same wattage. For someone with aspirations to race, whether it be a crit or a road race or even the occasional TT, the Addict SL has the potential to be great choice.
The new Addict has already been tested in the demanding arena of the Tour de France, many Orica Green Edge riders swapped their FOIL’s for Addicts on the hilly mountain stages. The aero gains for the Addict do beg the question, “How does it compare to the FOIL?”. If it’s stiff, light and aero have they just obsoleted their current aero road platform?
For 2014 you have 4 different options for the Addict. At the top of the tier is the Addict SL with the new, super light HMX-SL carbon, Ritchey cockpit, SRAM Red 22, and new Syncros RL1.0 carbon clinchers.
Next is the Addict Team, which is the Orica GreenEdge frame. It uses HMX carbon so is a touch heavier with a little less strength as their are less layers of carbon. The Team issue comes with Shimano Dura-Ace 11 speed and uses Syncros carbon components and RL1.1 carbon clincher wheels.
The Addict 10 and 20, at more of an affordable price range, are made using SCOTTs HMF carbon, which doesnt have quite as much tensile strength as the HMX or the HMX SL, but is still very strong. The Addict 10 comes with a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, Syncros cockpit and Syncros alloy wheel set. The 20 comes with an entry level Shimano drivetrain and Shimano Alloy wheels.
Look for new Addicts to hit SCOTT dealers in September (pricing TBD) and look for a full review in the pages of peloton soon.