With SCOTTweek making a stop in Deer Valley, I had the opportunity to ride a few of Scott’s 2014 rides. Tops on the list was the re-introduced Addict. I got the skinny on the technical details from the product guys first and then kitted up to see if it lived up to the hype.
2014 Scott Addict Features:
- Lightest production frame/fork on the market (995g for SL version in a 54cm)
- Frame uses aerodynamic shapes learned from Foil
- Same proven geometry as the Foil
- 27.2 diameter seat tube for extra comfort
- Features “Comfort Zones” for improved compliance
- F01 Aero Tech reduces drag by 25% over the old Addict
- Price Range: $2,950-$12,650 ($7899 as tested)
On the Road: First Ride Experience
For weeks, I had anticipated riding the Addict, so when the time came I was beyond stoked to be hopping aboard. The 56cm bike I was provided was the Team Issue that is spec’d for the Orica GreenEDGE squad. This bike utilizes the HMX carbon fiber frame that has a claimed weight of 1090 g. I was told that the teams prefer the ride characteristics of the HMX carbon fiber as opposed to the ultralight and ultra-expensive HMX-SL carbon fiber that is used strategically on the $12,650 Addict SL.
My bike was a little more reasonable $7899 and was outfitted with Shimano Dura Ace 11-speed, Syncros RL1.1 carbon wheels and Syncros carbon bits throughout. The whole package is quite the looker with the shiny black and green accented frame and components.
Modern all-rounder framesets are built with enough comfort to make long days in the saddle seem not-so-long. The Addict can stand toe-to-toe with the best from Trek, Specialized, Felt and others. As I pedaled the 13.5 lb. bike from the SnowPark base area of Deer Valley up towards Emprie Pass, the bike moved effortlessly forward and uphill — no doubt this bike was in its element. Thanks to the compact gearing, I was able to lay down a respectable pace with the fast group. Admittedly, when the climb got into the 12-15% grade near the top of Empire Pass, I was super-thankful for the climbing-friendly gearing, but still kept reaching for even lower gears (it’s pretty steep).
Even though the bike wasn’t exactly dialed-in for me, I was impressed with just how comfortable it felt on endless climbs. It tracked straight and seemed to beg for more vert (even though my body was ready for a break). Standing and sprinting, this bike felt like an extension of my body with instant response and power transfer.
When it came time to turn downhill and wind our way back down to the base area, I was anxious to see just how well it would ride. Since it shares its race geometry with the Foil, I felt immediately at home. However, the overall comfort of the Addict versus the Foil is immediately apparent. The Foil simply doesn’t compare with the all-day comfort provided by the Addict. Road chatter was much more subdued and it just felt that much more “connected” to the pavement.
While my ride consisted of 2,500 ft of climbing over 16 miles, I’m thinking the next 1,000 miles should be just as enjoyable.
- Lightweight race performance
- Excellent color scheme — love the green accents
- Full gamut of Syncros components shined
- Feels comfortable uphill and down
- Dialed-in geometry
- Vertical compliance for all-day hauls
- $7899 is not cheap, but this is a lot of technology for that price
- Shimano Dura Ace was not as crisp shifting as I thought it should be
The Bottom Line
It’s hard to find much not to like about the all-new Scott Addict, so I’m just going to come out and gush a bit. This bike is packed with meticulously-engineered bits and pieces. It’s obvious that Scott’s engineers did sweat every detail because the Addict is one fantastic bike. I love how fast it feels both uphill and down and just how well it behaves under all conditions. The best part about this bike is just how laterally-stiff it is while remaining compliant for a very smooth ride.
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