Scott Addict RC review

At just 6.63kg the Scott Addict RC should be a climber’s dream bike – we’ve found some hills to ride it up

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Scott Addict RC is impressively light and responsive: you can fly up hills on it and feel confident pushing it on the descents. The new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset gives exceptional shifting performance, letting you make the most of the frame. It also gives you semi-automated shift options and hides the electronic gubbins out of sight and out of the wind.

Reasons to buy
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    Shimano’s top-spec groupset with the option for synchronised shifting

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    Bar-end junction box for a tidy finish

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    Good-quality wheelset with alloy brake track

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Reasons to avoid
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    Firm, underpadded saddle

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The preferred ride of the Yates twins, the Scott Addict RC is the Swiss brand’s climbing bike. RC stands for Racing Concept – it’s the next-to-top bike in the Addict line-up. There are four other Addicts below it and Scott makes a disc-brake version too.

Weighing 6.63kg or 14.6lb in size M/54, the Addict RC lives up to its lightweight climbing moniker.

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Both Yates twins ride the Addict (Photos: Yuzuru Sunada)


The Scott Addict RC’s frame is built from Scott’s high-modulus carbon, with a claimed weight of 790g for the frame and another 300g for the fork. It’s the same frame as used by the Orica-Scott team on climbing days and couples a wide down tube and bottom bracket with a more slender seat tube.

Scott describes the Addict’s geometry as “race”: it’s quite long and low, without leaving you feeling too stretched out. The fork is a skinny tapered 1 ¼ to 1 1/8 inch, while Scott says that the down tube-bottom bracket junction is the widest of any road bike available.

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Full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset on the Addict RC

The frame tubes are substantial in the bike’s bottom half, but slender higher up and towards the rear, making for a comfortable ride despite the efficient power transfer. You also get full-carbon dropouts with a replaceable mech hanger should this get damaged.


Scott has kitted out the Addict RC with a dream specification, starting off with Shimano’s new Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 groupset. You get the shifting quality you’d expect from Shimano’s top-of-the-line system, plus the added option to configure synchronised or semi-synchronised shifting between the front and rear mechs. As a bonus, the ugly under-stem junction box of older Di2 groupsets has disappeared into the right bar end.

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The Di2 junction box is in the right bar end for a tidy look

You also get Dura-Ace R9100 24mm deep alloy-carbon clinchers. With a claimed weight of under 1,400g, they fit well with the bike’s climbing mandate and give you the descending and wet-weather confidence of an alloy brake track.

Bars, stem and seatpost are carbon too and come from Scott’s Syncros brand, while the minimally padded saddle also sits on a carbon shell.

Scott Addict RC: ride

As you’d expect, the Scott Addict RC is very at home in hillier terrain. You can feel its lack of weight as soon as the road heads up and I recorded a series of personal bests on a number of Strava climbs. It also descends well, taking both twisty and flat-out downhills in its stride.

The Addict RC comes with a set of Dura-Ace clinchers

Scott’s frame feels really efficient and there’s not a hint of flex in the drivetrain or wheels. The synchronised or semi-synchronised shift options are also an advantage as the road heads up: shift to the small ring and the rear mech automatically shifts up the cassette to ensure that you’re not spinning too low a gear and can keep your momentum.

Scott’s saddle is narrow and firm. With a quality pair of shorts it’s comfortable enough. But in any case you’ll be wanting to search for out-of-the-saddle climbs on the Scott Addict RC to test your climbing mettle.


You wouldn’t expect a bike of this calibre to be a budget item. Scott has spared nothing on the spec and that’s reflected in the price. But if you’re looking for a super-light climbing bike with electronic shifting that’s ready to race, the Addict RC’s £7,599 price tag looks about what you’d expect to pay.

For the real weight weenie, another £1,200 buys you the Scott Addict SL with an even lighter frame, Zipp 202 wheels and SRAM Red eTap.