By Paul Knott
Simon Yates probably hoped a custom Scott Addict RC would have been arriving a little earlier in the year with a splash of pink after a storming start to the Giro d’Italia. However, his Vuelta redemption ride gave him the opportunity to showcase this stunning red-tinted Scott.
Mitchelton-Scott mechanics set to work on the Sunday morning in Madrid to give the bike logos, bar tape and seat tube a touch of red rather than the all-out red-wash effect that we may be accustomed to with Team Sky’s Pinarellos of recent years.
Choosing to ride the lighter but less aero Addict over the Foil is a decision made with Yates’s climbing prowess in mind, especially as the frame comes in at 790 grams with the fork at 300 grams. However, Yates still has a focus on aerodynamics with the one-piece Syncros Aero handlebar punching into the wind, and a Garmin Edge computer facing out in front of them.
Yates runs Di2 remote sprint shifters on his tops (not yet installed in these photos) — as well as his regular lever-mounted buttons, giving him multiple shifting options, a set-up more common in the cobbled Classics than the Grand Tours.
This groupset is a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 alongside Shimano’s power meter, with matching Shimano Dura-Ace C40 wheels shod with pro-only versions of the new Pirelli P Zero tyres at 6.5-7.5 bar.
Simon and his twin Adam have different-sized frames – Simon riding a small and his brother riding an extra small – showing that even when you are a twin, the specificity of measurements is vital. Simon rides with 40cm-wide bars, supplemented with a 120mm stem. He spins 170mm cranks and sets the Syncros RP Saddle at 67.5cm.
Frame: Scott Addict RC
Frame size: S
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170
Crank length: 170mm
Bar/stem: Syncros RR1.0 SL
Bar width: 40cm
Stem length: 110mm
Saddle: Syncros RP
Saddle height 67.5cm
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C40
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero tubular (pro team only)
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