Simon Yates’s Vuelta-winning Scott Addict RC

The Scott bike that everyone expected to be pink turned out to be red in the end

Simon Yates's Scott Addict RC

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.

Simon Yates's Scott

For the final stage red logos and bar tape replaced the team-issue neon

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.

Simon Yates's Scott

Simon Yates completed a British clean sweep of the three Grand Tours

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 Yates's Scott Addict

Mitchelton Scott are a Shimano-sponsored team and that normally includes the new Dura-Ace power meter

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: Syncros

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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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.