Weighing just more than six bags of sugar and with a top-end spec, the Scott Addict Team Issue really is pro-level equipment for the masses…

Scott Addict Team Issue

Scott Addict Team Issue TT/Triathlon bike tested, rated and reviewed. 

£4,799 evanscycles.com

First Ride

1. The Team Issue is a lesson in featherweight bike construction. Weighing in at a staggering 6.33kg (almost half a kilo below the UCI weight limit for pro racing), it’s graced with carbon Syncros finishing kit, carbon clinchers, a full Dura-Ace groupset and the colours of World Tour team IAM Cycling. Even though it approaches £6,000, you’ll pay even more for bikes that don’t work as brilliantly as the Scott on a variety of roads.

Fast Ride

2. Open, flat roads were dispatched with rapid acceleration and the bike’s willingness to hold on to that speed was a joy. The speed with which it gets going is down to its weight, but a solid connection to the road and efficient transfer of power from pedals to rear wheel are thanks to the Addict’s fat and rigid frame around the bottom bracket. Scott’s Syncros clinchers spin up quickly and add to the solid, assured ride.

Hilly Ride

3. Here’s where the Addict really excels. With the bulk of barely six bags of sugar to heave up a hillside, the bike’s 11-speed Dura-Ace set-up gives it real punch. Happy to sit down and grind out an ascent? Make yourself comfortable and spin to the top. Sprinting on the drops for a hill PB? Just get out of the saddle and give it some. Fit clip-ons and you’ve almost an unfair advantage if you wanted to race this on an undulating course.

Long Ride

4. Over a 50-mile ride the Addict’s long-distance prowess is evident. Road vibes were isolated by the stiff yet compliant carbon lay-up, the Prologo saddle is good enough for all-day epics, and the relatively compact geometry was perfect for hours without a stop. Gear changes are instant and smooth; a £6,999 version of the bike is available with DI2 shifting, with upshifts even possible under load on the steepest of hills.

Spec Sheet

  • Price £5,699
  • Weight 6.33kg
  • Size tested Small
  • Sizes available XXS (47) to XXL (61)
  • Frame Carbon-fibre
  • Fork Carbon-fibre
  • Seating Syncros carbon FL1.0 seatpost, Prologo Zero II titanium saddle
  • Handlebar/stem Syncros RR1.1 carbon bars, FL1.0 carbon stem
  • Gears Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Super SLR dual-pivot
  • Wheels Syncros RL1.1 carbon clincher
  • Tyres Continental GP4000S II (700 x 23)

WORDS Marc Abbott PHOTO Stuart Collins