Scott Addict RC 20 Review
- Price: $6,299
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 700x28C
- Gear: 2 × 12 Electronic
What we like about it:
- Aggressive geometry for enhanced aerodynamics, making it easy to achieve desired speeds.
- The entire frame is free of visible cables.
- The attractive paint color, resembling a shade of brown, aligns perfectly with my aesthetic preferences.
- It caters to riders of various skill levels aiming for competitive performance.
What we don’t like about it:
- The price isn’t budget-friendly.
- Rims that aren’t carbon make some people not so willing to spend that kind of money.
Previously, I had come across users sharing the Scott Addict RC 20 on platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and other social media. Finally, we got the chance to experience it ourselves. The impressive aesthetics had us raving about it, and the radical geometry had us itching to take it for a test ride. Our team member, Alice, attempted to lift it, and to our surprise, she effortlessly hoisted the Addict RC 20. This bike weighs only 17.9 lbs.
Over nearly 3 weeks of riding tests, whether it’s the lightweight frame or the awe-inspiring 2 × 12 Electronic transmission system, the Scott Addict RC 20 conveyed the investment and professionalism Scott poured into this racing bike.
In the following sections, we’ll analyze the riding experience, key features, components, specifications, and other versions of the Scott Addict RC 20. Additionally, we’ll compare it with a few of the best bike models in the latter part of this article. If you’re interested in more bike reviews, feel free to follow our updates.
This wasn’t our first time testing bikes around the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. As usual, we had secured nearby accommodations through IHG.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular biking route. Stretching 469 miles, it mostly features smooth asphalt roads. Whether uphill, downhill, or winding turns, this route offers a bit of everything. During our test ride, we thoroughly enjoyed this journey. The performance of the Scott Addict RC 20 was equally stunning.
Asheville → Craggy Gardens
Starting from Asheville, we faced rising temperatures and strong sunlight, prompting us to ensure ample hydration. Upon Alice’s strong recommendation, we applied sunscreen. With two water bottle mounts on the Scott Addict RC 20, hydration was easily manageable.
Our speed was swift, and in about 90 minutes, we reached Craggy Gardens. Since we set out early, the heat wasn’t intense. I experimented with gear shifts a few times. The SRAM FORCE eTap AXS transmission was truly impressive. The smoothness of operation and the responsiveness of electronic shifting were notable. Moreover, the wireless design simplified the bike’s overall aesthetics. For riders who value simplicity and speed, this is a definite advantage.
Craggy Gardens → Mount Mitchell State Park
We set off again, taking about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Mount Mitchell State Park. We took a breather there. Thanks to the lightweight frame, moving the bike around was effortless. This route included various ascents and descents.
While climbing, I switched to lower gears, making pedaling easier. Additionally, the steeper seat tube angle (73.6°) allowed me to shift my weight forward more comfortably, enhancing pedaling efficiency.
During descents, I not only enjoyed the thrill of speed but also employed the SRAM FORCE eTap AXS brakes to slow down or stop, allowing me to admire the scenic views from a higher vantage point.
It’s worth noting that the Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard tires, though visually slim, provided noticeable grip while cornering. Coupled with the rotation of the Synros Creston 2.0 handlebars, maneuvering through bends was smooth and effortless.
Is that all?
Whether it’s the rides here or the subsequent test rides, we believe the Scott Addict RC 20 can rival BMC bikes.
Its Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 saddle is suitable for female riders and those who prefer a more upright position. It facilitates better use of sit bones and the central channel achieves a perfect balance of support and comfort. I’m not particularly fond of the Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 saddle as I prefer saddles with cutouts.
Overall, over about three weeks, we’ve covered various routes, appreciated the local scenery, and connected with like-minded riders. This outstanding Scott Addict RC 20 has earned us many accolades and attention.
The Scott Addict RC 20 features a carbon frame, and to reduce weight, its Syncros Duncan 1.0 Aero seatpost has been treated. It uses a new ultra-light seat clamp, weighing just 12g, which contributes to weight reduction and increased speed. Moreover, the Addict RC dropouts feature an integrated structure on the thru-axle system. This design retains strength and stability while remaining lightweight, enhancing maneuverability during rides.
Furthermore, it employs fully integrated cable routing, leaving no visible cables exposed. Not only does this enhance the aesthetics, but it also reduces maintenance complexity.
We can also observe its seat tube angle (MD 73.6°) is relatively steeper, making it easier to lean forward and maintain an aerodynamic position for speed. Additionally, its wheelbase is just 991mm, making it more responsive and nimble during cornering.
In summary, every aspect of this bike has been meticulously considered. Within its price range, it easily ranks among my top 5 choices.
Other Versions of the Scott Addict
Through tests on different terrains, we’ve gained preliminary insights into the Scott Addict RC 20’s power transmission system, wheelset, and more. It’s indeed an exceptional racing bike.
However, the Scott Addict RC series offers more than one option. For this reason, we’ve conducted further research.
Scott Addict RC Ultimate
The Scott Addict RC 20 might be a mid-range option within this series, but the $15,999 Scott Addict RC Ultimate represents its high-end variant. Weighing only 14.8 lbs, both the frame and fork are carbon-made. Additionally, it features higher-grade components such as the SRAM RED eTap AXS. In terms of operation and riding experience, this bike ranks among the top tier.
Yet, if your budget isn’t as high, the Scott Addict RC 20 is worth considering. With its 2 × 12 electronic shifting and SRAM FORCE eTap groupset, it can perfectly meet your requirements.
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What do we like about it?
- Impressive paint design
- Fully integrated cable design
- Excellent SRAM FORCE eTap groupset
- Aerodynamic geometry
- 2 × 12 electronic shifting, quick and responsive gear changes, and more gear options
What don’t we like about it?
- Saddle might not suit everyone’s preference
- Relatively high price (though the series offers lower-priced options)
- What is the difference between the Scott Addict RC 20 and the Scott Addict RC 10?
Price-wise, the Scott Addict RC 10 is higher, but it’s lighter in weight, and I don’t find a significant difference in component quality. If you’re not solely after lighter weight, I think the Scott Addict RC 20 offers better value.
- What is the weight of this bike?
Its weight is 17.9 lbs.
- How many size options are available for this bike?
|5’1″ – 5’6″
|5’4″ – 5’9″
|5’7″ – 5’11”
|5’9″ – 6’1″
|6’0″ – 6’4″
|6’2″ – 6’6″
|6’4″ – 6’9″
|Addict RC Disc HMX Road Race geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger Internal cable routingBB Standard: BB86/BB92, 86.5mm, Press Fit
|Addict RC HMX Flatmount Disc 1 1/4″-1 1/2″ Eccentric Carbon steerer
|sram dub pf road 86.5
|Syncros Addict RC Integrated
|Syncros RR 1.5 1 1/4″
|Syncros Creston 2.0 Compact Alloy
|Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0
|Syncros Duncan 1.0 Aero
|SRAM FORCE eTap AXS 24 Speed Electronic Shift System
|SRAM FORCE eTap AXS Electronic Shift System
|SRAM FORCE Crankset 48/35 T
|SRAM FORCE eTap AXS HRD Shift-Brake System
|sram force xg1270 10-33
|SRAM FORCE eTap AXS HRD Shift-Brake System
|Syncros RP2.0 Disc 28 Front / 28 Rear Syncros Axle / Removable Lever with Tool
|Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard Fold 700x28C
|SRAM CenterLine XR rotor 160/F and 160/R
|Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8 Di2
|650c / 700c × 25mm
|2 × 12 Electronic
|Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150
|BMC Teammachine SLR TWO
|700c × 25mm
|2 × 12 Electronic
|SRAM FORCE eTap AXS
|Specialized Allez Sprint LTD-SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x
|1 × 12 Electronic
|SRAM Force eTap AXS
Scott Addict RC 20 vs Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8 Di2
At first glance, both of these bicycles boast a sleek and elegant design. If I had to choose based on this aspect alone, I’d lean towards the Scott Addict RC 20 with its more appealing paint job. However, it’s worth mentioning that in terms of price, the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8 Di2 comes in $800 cheaper and is 2.2 lbs lighter than the Addict RC 20. What’s more, the Canyon features Schwalbe Pro One tires while Scott opts for Schwalbe ONE tires, and there isn’t a significant difference in performance on the same route. But when it comes to durability and versatility, I find Schwalbe Pro One to be more impressive.
Of course, riders who prioritize transmission and braking will notice that the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8 Di2 is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150, while the Scott Addict RC 20 uses SRAM FORCE eTap AXS. In my opinion, both of these groupsets are quite commendable. The choice largely depends on which brand you’re more accustomed to.
Scott Addict RC 20 vs BMC Teammachine SLR TWO
Both of these bicycles feature the SRAM FORCE eTap AXS groupset, so whether it’s shifting or braking, I don’t notice a significant difference in performance.
However, compared to the Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 saddle on the Scott Addict RC 20, I couldn’t comfortably ride for extended periods on the Fizik Antares R7 saddle equipped on the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO. While it’s durable, during summer, I prefer a saddle with better breathability.
Furthermore, the Scott Addict RC 20 is fitted with Schwalbe ONE tires. These are high-performance road bike tires, making them an excellent choice for riders pursuing speed and performance.
On the other hand, the BMC Teammachine SLR TWO comes with Vittoria Rubino tires, which are better suited for everyday riding and also offer good durability.
So, when it comes to making a choice, you need to clarify what your specific needs are.
Scott Addict RC 20 vs Specialized Allez Sprint LTD-SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x
This Specialized Allez Sprint LTD-SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x is priced around $500 higher than the Scott Addict RC 20. However, it features carbon wheel rims instead of aluminum ones like the Scott Addict RC 20. Surprisingly, the frame of the Allez Sprint is made of aluminum. While an aluminum frame isn’t subpar, I’m not sure I’d be enthusiastic about spending $6,800 for a racing bike with an aluminum frame.
Additionally, both of these bikes use the SRAM Force groupset. However, the Scott Addict RC 20 employs a 2×12 electronic shifting system, while the Specialized Allez Sprint uses a 1×12 electronic shifting setup. If you’re looking for more gear options and speed versatility, the Scott Addict RC 20 is undoubtedly the better choice.
The above constitutes our complete review of the Scott Addict RC 20. This remarkably impressive racing bike enables riders to excel in competitions and achieve commendable rankings. Considering all aspects, we’ve awarded it a high score of 4.92. For more bicycle information, feel free to explore our other reviews.
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