Scott Sports SA – creator of Scott bikes – is one of few bicycle manufacturers to successfully create equipment used by athletes across a number of arenas. It specialises in winter sports, running and motor sport as well as bikes.
The journey began in 1958, when engineer and skier Ed Scott created the first tapered aluminium ski pole – which replaced the bamboo and steel varieties used at the time.
The brand expanded and headed into Europe in 1978, creating a headquarters in Fribourg (Switzerland). It still resides in the same country, now in Givisiez.
Bikes soon followed, and Scott stamped its name in history books with the creation of the first aero handlebar, in 1989 – an invention used by Greg LeMond on his way to his 1989 Tour de France win.
In 1995, it created the first carbon mountain bike, and come 2007 it boasted the lightest road bike available – the 790 gram Scott Addict frame, which tipped the scales at 5.9kg when built.
Moving with emerging trends, Scott collaborated with Bosch to engineer a range of stylish and user friendly E-bikes in 2011 and made further in-roads into mountain bike tech with the use of the 27.5″ wheel in 2012.
A vast number of Scott’s greatest achievements lie in the mountain bike world, but its road bike creations are well renowned and used by WorldTour teams, such as the Aussie squad Mitchelton-Scott.
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Scott Addict RC and Scott Addict RC disc: road race bike
The Scott Addict RC is the lightweight race bike, as favoured by the Yates twins at Mitchelton-Scott.
For 2019, there are two rim brake models and six disc brake models. Prices start at £2599 and top out at £8999.
This year, Scott has added a ‘Scott Addict RC Disc Contessa’ build, which comes with women’s specific components such as narrower handlebars and saddle. Currently this is only available on the £3999 Shimano Ultegra build.
The bike is built for climbing. Our last test model (a 2018 build) in a size 54 came in at 6.63kg, when dressed in Shimano Dura Ace. The claimed frame and fork weights for the 2019 Scott Addict RC 10 rim brake model sit at 860g and 360g respectively.
The higher end builds come fitted with carbon components, such as handlebars, and ‘HMX’ carbon. Lower end models use ‘HMF’ carbon which is one step down, so will be a fraction heavier.
When it comes to the measurements, Scott calls this its ‘road race geometry’. The reach is long, the stack is low and the wheelbase is short to create a nimble ride and put the rider into an aerodynamic stance.
Scott uses an oversized bottom bracket, which provides a robust base for optimum power transfer.
The disc version shares the same stack and reach, head angle and seat angle, promising identical handling; with a very slightly longer wheelbase, largely thanks to the longer chainstays required. Across the range, 160mm front and rear rotors are used and the frame and fork have been developed to cater for the asymmetrical braking forces associated with disc brakes.
Scott Addict and Scott Addict Disc: endurance bike
There’s four rim brake models, and six disc brake bikes with three women’s specific versions. Prices start at £1299 and top out at £3599.
Compared to the Scott Addict RC, the reach is shorter, stack is higher (8mm shorter in reach, and 23mm higher in a size 54) – creating a bike that’s more comfortable for the distance rides it’s designed to suit. The wheelbase and seat angle only differ slightly and head angle remains the same – keeping the handling nimble.
The oversized bottom bracket seen on the RC model remains, and the carbon used is Addict HMF, as per the majority of the Addict RC bikes.
Scott Foil: aero bike
The Scott Foil is the brand’s aero road bike. Conveniently, it shares its geometry with the Scott Addict RC – but the key alterations are in the use of an integrated seat clamp and stem as well as slippery tube profiles.
The model is heralded as an ‘all-rounder’ aero bike, which can boast wins at Grand Tour stages as well as the Classics, and the 2019 Scott Foil Disc 10 made it into our prestigious Editor’s Choice awards.
For 2019, there are four rim brake builds, and five disc brake builds, though none come with the ‘Contessa’ women’s specific build, so female customers will need to fork out for components like handlebars if they require a narrower bar. Prices start at £2499 and top out at £10999.
The Scott Foil uses a patented profile which has a transitional radium on the trailing edge to reduce drag – this was designed using CDF testing and wind tunnel assessed.
The top end ‘Premium Disc’ version boasts cockpit integration, with built in computer mount, and there’s also an RC model which is a replica of the bike used by Mitchelton-Scott team members.
Since the seat tube, head tube and fork are all pivotal when it comes to drag, when Scott added disc brakes it wanted to reduce any negative effect. It did this by widening the fork, so that the disc calliper is hidden behind it, claiming any effect was negated.
Whilst the Scott Foil is very much an aero road bike, comfort hasn’t been forgotten. The oversized BB and bulky fork provide plenty of stiffness, but a slender head tube and seat tube, plus dropped seat stays, provide small amounts of flex to promise comfort and compliance.
A size large disc brake model comes with a claimed weight of 985g, too – and the build weight for our size 56 Shimano Ultegra Di2 disc test model was 7.95kg.
Scott Speedster: aluminium entry level road bike (and gravel)
With endurance geometry which matches the Addict, the Speedster is a comfortable but efficient aluminium road bike with an entry level price tag.
For 2019, there’s eight rim brake models, with two disc brake options. This includes four Contessa women’s specific versions. Prices begin at £549 and top out at £1399.
For those who want clearance for extra squishy tyres which can hack gravel and off-road sections, there are also six Scott Speedster Gravel bikes, two of which are in a Contessa women’s build and one of which is a 24″ wheel option for kids. Prices start at £599, or £1099 for adults, reaching £1899.
All of these bikes use Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres in 35c, save for the 24″ model with Kenda tyres in 1.25″. These will be resilient, and wide enough to roll well on mixed terrain.
The stack, reach, wheelbase plus head and seat tube angles for the Scott Speedster and Scott Speedster Gravel bikes match that of the Addict bikes. This endurance geometry is designed to offer a comfortable stance that will suit those planning longer days out on the likes of club runs or sportives, as well as commutes.
Scott Plasma: the time trial and triathlon bike
The Scott Plasma range for 2019 includes two models, a reduction in the four we saw in 2018.
The option are the Plasma 10 RC, pictured above, for £7999 and the Scott Plasma 10 for £2899.
The higher end model boasts the brands ‘F01-X230 parametric airfoil’ technology. In simple terms, this just means that Scott has analysed the way that airflow reacts to the characteristics of specific aero zones, and adjusted the surface accordingly to create the fastest version possible.
There are two stem options – one optimised for time trials and a +45mm option, which caters for triathletes or anyone who wants a higher front end which could be more suitable for those who can’t hold a flat back in the aero tuck or are tackling longer distances.
The brakes are hidden, and there’s storage boxes – again for long distance riders.
The Scott Plasma 10 uses HMF carbon, as opposed to the lightest HMX used on the RC. It also comes with a standard stem, though this will make adjustments slightly easier for some. The rear brake is hidden, whilst the front is slightly more in the wind.
The wheels are Syncros Race 23s, which most people looking to cut resistance will want to swap out. Comparatively, the RC model boasts deeper Zip 302 carbon clinchers.
Scott Addict CX and Gravel: off-road adventures
With genuine pedigree in the mountain bike world, Scott wasn’t going to neglect the road riders who like to explore the dark side. The Addict platform is continued for trail use, all of the models featuring wide knobbly tyres and integrated cables which will keep the dirt out.
As well as the Speedster Gravel bikes mentioned above, there are three Addict Gravel bikes and one Addict CX bike – these all use HMF carbon and share the same high stack and short reach which creates stability off-road.
The RC model, at £3499, comes with SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc groupset, a 42 tooth single chainring and wide spaced 11-36 cassette, plus Schwalbe X-One CX Performance tyres in 35c. There are bottle mounts, so you’ll be fine if you do want to use the bike outside of racing.
The stack and reach plus head and seat tube angles remain the same across the RC race model, and gravel creations.
The gravel versions are priced from £2799 to £5499. They all use Schwalbe G-ONE Allround tyres in 35c, though groupsets vary from multiple chainring set ups to single, depending upon your build selection.