Scott Addict RC 10: A plush ride and a bike full of hidden integrations

The Scott Addict RC 10 might not have much wow factor, but getting to know this bike in the Surrey lanes was well worth it

Scott Addict RC 10 review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Scott Addict remains a lovely little race bike. No matter which one in the range your budget allows for you’ll be riding a very well made frame from an equipment manufacturer whose carbon expertise dates back to 1995. Virtually everything on this bike is a Scott own brand with the exception of the wireless SRAM Force groupset (with power metre). The integration throughout is excellent and with the stem and bars adjustability hasn’t been entirely sacrificed. And if you’re not the sort of person who wants their bike to get admiring glances from others, then you can’t go far wrong.

Reasons to buy
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    Neat integration

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    Solid ride feel

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    Power metre included

Reasons to avoid
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    Plastic stem cap feels cheap

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    Saddle clamp limits choice

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The Scott Addict RC 10 sits three down from the top in the eight bike Addict range that all use the Swiss company’s HMX carbon fibre. From the bikes used by the WorldTour DSM team to the entry level RC 40, the £10,000 price difference between bottom and top is a result of differing groupsets, wheels and finishing kits. On looks alone it can be hard to tell where the money is going as a browse through the Scott site makes it hard to distinguish between the eight bikes. Both the nomenclature and the conservative - okay, let’s be honest, dull - paint jobs give an identic feel across the range. 

But don’t let the 10’s name or grey / beige paint job put you off taking a closer look. This £7,599 road bike has some lovely little integrations and design touches that rather pleasingly revealed themselves over time. Like finding a five pound note in the pocket of some old trousers, each discovery put a smile on my face and made me think more of the bike. 

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.