Scott CX Review

Cyclocross bikes are intended to tackle a multitude of road surfaces as well as offering good performance when the tarmac has been replaced by gravel, dirt and mud. The Scott CX range consists of three key models, each of which is set up for racing situations across all terrains. A Scott CX bike might also appeal to someone looking for a hardy commuting companion or long distance tourer. That’s the diversity of the range.

Scott CX Comp

The CX Comp is the most affordable model in this range and is based on an alloy frame with double butted tubing and cyclocross specific geometry that is a little slacker and more forgiving than most standard road bikes.

While the frame is alloy in construction, you get a Scott Carbon CX fork, which helps to lighten the load. Carbon is a little more supple than metallic alternatives, which means that the ride is smoother and the bike is lighter without compromising strength or durability.

A range of components from Shimano make up the gearing, with 105, Tiagra and ST-4600 groupsets all found onboard. This makes sure that shifting occurs smoothly and consistently as you cover miles of variable surfaces and encounter inclines and downhill sections.

Tektro CX brakes designed for this model offer more stopping power than typical road bike brakes, while Alex Race rims and knobbly, grippy Schwalbe Black Jack tyres help to keep you on the right path.

Scott CX Team

The Scott CX Team retains the same alloy frame and carbon fork of the Comp model, but here the Shimano components are drawn from the Ultegra and 105 groupsets in order to lower the overall weight of the bike without diminishing its performance. The Ultegra kit has actually been updated for this season, so it is particularly capable and refined.

Shimano is also responsible for the light and strong rims, which are once more wrapped in Black Jack tyres to give you the kind of friction and power throughput that you would expect from a cyclocross bike.

Scott Addict CX

This edition of the Scott CX represents the summit of the current range, which is a fact that a quick skim over its key specifications will confirm.

The alloy frame is replaced by a carbon one, along with an all-carbon Ritchey Pro fork and seatpost setup.

A number of additional features have been integrated in order to prepare this bike for competitive situations. For example, the Maxmud rear chainstays are intended to help reduce the chances of mud building up and compromising your performance.

The full Shimano Ultegra groupset can be found onboard the Addict CX, which helps to further cut down on the weight of the bike, to give you the edge in races. There are even cable stops fashioned from carbon, indicating the type of attention to detail that is visible throughout the bike.

Shimano WH R501-30 rims are combined with Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres to give you a fast rolling, smooth ride over long distances while still maintaining the off road sensibilities that are vital for any cyclocross model.

As you might imagine, each of these Scott CX cyclocross bikes is built to last, because they will typically take much more punishment than a road bike that is only designed to be used on relatively sleek tarmac surfaces. While speed and weight may not quite be up there with traditional road bikes, the ability to get off the beaten track and still feel in control will certainly be beneficial. In addition, the race-ready nature of the frame geometry and components will let those who want to compete get their best shot at success.

Model: Scott CX
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