The all-new SCOTT Addict RC is designed to fit the needs of UCI World Tour-Team Mitchelton-SCOTT as well as ambitious everyday riders. Since its introduction back in 2008, SCOTT Sports notes that the Addict RC has been one of the most successful competitive road bikes on the market.
The new model aims to ‘tick all the boxes’ – a new level of integration, more aerodynamic and an increase in stiffness while simultaneously getting significantly lighter.
The all new Addict RC has completely integrated cable routing for both mechanical and electronic shifting. This was achieved by SCOTT’s engineers ‘without any compromise on shifting, braking quality or head tube stiffness’. On top of that, the internal design makes it is easy for mechanics to change cables and maintain the bike. From the beginning of the design process, the goal was to bring the integration of cable routing to a new level.
The heart of the integration is the in-house developed and now patented ‘Eccentric Bicycle Fork Shaft’. The core of this innovation is that the rotational axis at the upper head set bearing has an offset of 3mm towards the rotational axis at the lower head set bearing.
This combination of a 3mm offset 1¼” fork steerer shaft inside a 1.5” top bearing provides enough space in front of the steerer to guide both mechanical and electronic shifting wires as well as both hydraulic hoses completely internally.
On the bottom of the head tube the rotational axis of the fork is again concentric to the centre of the bearing and leaves the steering of the bicycle unaffected. The result is a clean looking, fully integrated cockpit.
Simon Yates, Vuelta a Espana winner 2018, said “Since turning professional the Addict RC has been my trusty steed. I have become very comfortable on the bike in the mountains, particularly because of how lightweight it is. Now, the new version not only remains lightweight, but it’s stiffer, fully integrated, more aerodynamic and is built with disc brakes for faster braking, particularly in the rain, making it the ultimate climbing bike.”
Light weight and stiffness
Thanks to a combination of structural optimization and a layering of ultra-high modulus carbon fibres along the ‘stiffness backbone’ of the bicycle, SCOTT claims a significant boost in bottom bracket stiffness. Furthermore, the application of its advanced moulding structure reduces the amount of bonding joints to a minimum while clean and smooth lines inside the frame create a lightweight frame set.
Hollow frame design and structure, sandwich dropouts into the thru-axle system and a new ultra light seatclamp, combined with sophisticated layering of different carbon fibres, enables a weight reduction while simultaneously increasing stiffness in critical areas.
SCOTT’s patented airfoil design has been applied to the Addict’s main tubes (down tube, head tube, seat tube, seat post, seat stays) with the goal of optimizing the airflow and reducing the overall drag. The lowered seat stays decrease the gap behind the seat tube and the seat stays avoiding air stagnation and consequently drag. Integrated cable routing not only makes for a clean and premium look, but also improves the airflow in the front.
The new Addict uses a race geometry that seeks to meet the requirements of both professional riders and sportive customers who prefer a more aggressive position and a ‘very direct handling bike’. To make this possible SCOTT worked closely with the professionals at Mitchelton-SCOTT and one of the most decorated bike fitters, Radlabor. This partnership allowed the company to evaluate thousands of positions to find an optimal one for performance-oriented riders.
The model year 2020 SCOTT Addict RC will be available in shops by autumn 2019. Full range and price information will follow by September 1st.