So at long last it?s happened, a full production bike that, in standard showroom specification, is too light to be raced in a UCI and, therefore, a British Cycling sanctioned event. Scott?s interestingly named Addict is the latest in its lightweight bike range and provides a handful of contradictions.
At around a pound under the UCI weight limit, it?s logical to assume that the target buyer is the sportive rider who doesn?t want to race. However, it?s been given a more race oriented geometry than the CR1 race machine. So who on earth is this bike aimed at?
Where other manufacturers have used the UCI weight limit as a guide to develop their products and make them suitable for everyone, Scott seems to have gone a step beyond. Personally I can?t see the point in buying a ?race geometry? bike I can?t race, and will prospective purchasers be told they can?t race it?
When presenting the Addict to us, Scott UK said that team mechanics had been known to drill the bottom bracket and fill the seat tube with ice in order to achieve the weight limit for the pre-race weigh in. This may just be a marketing story, but it?s hardly in the spirit of the sport.
Having been at the cutting edge of carbon frame production for several years, it is no surprise to see Scott pushing the boundaries further and it should be praised for doing so. By using a new carbon moulding process it is producing the top, head and down tubes in one step to provide a stiffer, lighter set of tubes.
Even the fork ends are now made out of carbon, as is the front mech boss and the cable stops, which all add to the full-carbon effect. This is one of the best looking new bikes out there.
The main differences between the Addict and the current CR1 ? apart from modified geometry and build technique ? are the welcome introduction of a replaceable rear gear hanger, standard rear stay design and integrated seatpin. But holding the saddle in place is one of the ugliest seat assemblies I?ve ever seen.
Despite our reservations there are some nice touches that go a long way to giving the Addict potential as a pure race bike. Fitting a set of Zipp 404s, SRM and perhaps some alloy bars should all combine to make it legal, and this would be a great race bike.
In summary, if it?s designed as a sportive bike the geometry is unsuitable, and if it?s designed as a race bike the weight makes it illegal. No doubt the Addict is a great bike, but its market does seem unnecessarily limited, particularly as it?ll cost £6,999. BW
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