Scott Addict CX Cyclocross Review
The Scott Addict CX is a high end cyclocross road bike with a good allocation of contemporary technology that comes together to make it a solid competitive racer. Cyclocross bikes need to be able to address a diverse selection of situations and come out flying in all of them, so the presence of some tried and tested equipment and some new additions for 2012 will be welcomed by serious riders who specialise in this category.
The Scott Addict CX features a full carbon frame with replaceable dropouts and a standard seatpost. The sloping geometry puts the rider in a suitable position for high octane racing across surfaces that would otherwise be unforgiving and also makes it easy to pick up speed if you ever hit the tarmac.
The IMP technology utilised in the construction of the mainframe means that there is actually less material being used, which lowers the weight while maintaining the strength. Scott has even got rid of the final carbon layer applied for purely aesthetic reasons to other frames of this kind, which means that the Naked External Tubeset looks unique and is also that little bit lighter than its rivals.
At the front you get the Richey Pro carbon fork, which features straight blades and a carbon steerer. This is a component that is intended for use on cyclocross bikes such as this and really shows it when you put it to the test, making sure that the handling is perfectly pitched and also giving you the kind of compliance that will help you to tear up tough trails without being beaten into submission by bumps.
The lightness of the bike is not only due to its carbon frame, but also to little touches such as the new carbon cable stops that keep everything routed neatly and also add very little to the weight of the bike. While this may seem like a minor detail, it indicates that the manufacturer is committed to making the changes that mount up and matter a great deal when the bike is viewed as a whole.
There is a Richey Carbon Pro seatpost topped with a Selle Italia Team Edition saddle found onboard this bike, allowing you to sit comfortably and in a position that helps you achieve maximum power transfer via the stiff frame setup. A Scott Road Pilo Pro handlebar and stem setup works well to give you the kind of handling experience that you need to succeed in a competition.
Cyclocross bikes are unlike other road bikes in that they will need to tackle muddy surfaces more than the tarmac. As such, the Scott Addict CX features Maxmud rear stays which help to prevent sloppy soil from clogging up around the wheels and making forward motion more arduous than it might be otherwise.
The Shimano Ultegra groupset, which is new for 2012, is used to provide the bike with its drivetrain, resulting in good performance thanks to the reliable shifting and durable nature of these components. The Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes with cartridge pads are appropriate for this cyclocross racer and are found moderating the speed of the Shimano WH R501-30 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres. You get a good mixture of fast rolling slickness and all-weather grip from this setup, so you can confidently take on races or training sessions regardless of the conditions.
If you are in the market for a full carbon cyclocross bike, then the Scott Addict CX will certainly be one of the main contenders to consider, thanks to its superb setup and eager performance which just need the added element of a skilful rider to flourish.
Scott Addict CX Cyclocross Specifications
- Front Fork: Ritchey Pro straight CX carbon fork
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano CX70
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6700G-A GRAY 20 Speed
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano CX70 Hollowtech II, 36/46T
- Cassette: Shimano ULTEGRA 6700 11-28T
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra SL 6700 10 speed
- Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate with cartridge pads
- Wheels: Shimano R501 – 30 Black 20 Front / 24 Rear
- Tyres: Schwalbe Rocket Ron CX Evo 700-35C