Sea Otter: Scott launches revamped Addict CX

Race-ready bike is disc only with loads of CX-specific touches

Cross Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

The new bike is disc only with thru-axles.

The new bike is disc only with thru-axles (click to enlarge).

SCOTT has rolled out its latest cyclocross bike — and made some bold claims, calling the new Addict CX the lightest bog hopper on the market. We clearly cant verify that at this point, but the new rig from the Swiss bike maker is certainly a looker, with its modern tube shapes and clever CX-specific touches.

Claimed frame weight for a size 54cm composite frame is a wispy 890 grams, with the fork adding another 360 grams. Braking is disc brake only, and the frame is set up to accommodate Shimano’s new flat mount calipers. You can run traditional calipers using an adapter.

The front derailleur mount can also be used to mount a chain keeper.

The front derailleur mount can also be used to mount a chain keeper (click to enlarge).

The revised bike will be available in the U.S. sometime in August and retail for $5900. Spec will include a SRAM Force 1 drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, Syncros carbon cockpit and seatpost, and Syncros RP1.0 carbon clincher disc wheels. The U.S. market will also have access to the Speedster CX 10 Disc ($1700) and Speedster CX 20 Disc ($1200)

Comfort was the other big marketing push for the bike that had a eye-catching black and bright yellow paint scheme. Scott PR boss Nic Simms trotted out a variety of percentage increases, claiming that overall the new bike was about 60 percent more cushy than its predecessor. Again, it’s impossible to verify these claims of comfort gain. But we’ve already put in a request for a test bike, and will get a full review published as soon as possible.

Tire clearance is up to 40mm.

Tire clearance is up to 40mm (click to enlarge).

In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the bike’s highlight features:

  • Frame claimed to be lightest on market (890g size 54cm)
  • Increased stiffness in the headtube area
  • Disc brakes with thru-axles front and rear
  • Hollow carbon dropouts
  • Flat mount calipers
  • Top tube shape goes round to flat, for better shouldering and comfort
  • 27.2mm seatpost for added compliance
  • PF86 BB provides wider shell for more lateral stiffness and pedaling efficiency
  • Size specific lay-up from sizes 49cm to 58cm
  • Easier to remove thru-axle
  • Asymmetric fork lay-up to deal with braking forces
  • Tire clearance up to 40mm
  • Revised chainstay shape to better clear mud
  • Mechanical or electronic compatible
  • Removable front derailleur hanger that can accommodate a chain guide or keeper
  • Internal routing, including for a dropper post
  • 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” integrated bearings and a tapered headtube
  • Increased head tube diameter for added stiffness

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This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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