Reviewed: Scott Addict 15
Don’t let the unassuming paintjob fool you: Scott’s Addict 15 is primed for winning in the mountains, weighing in at a respectable 16.58 pounds.
But Scott hasn’t forgotten about comfort. The 27.2-millimeter seatpost adds flex, and allows the frame to remain stiff for pedaling performance. The head tube on our 54-centimeter test bike was quite tall, at 140 millimeters (160 millimeters on a size 56), which gave the bike a less aggressive feel. We had to slam the stem to find our preferred low and long racing position. But the taller head tube should add some lower back relief on those long, 30-minute climbs.
Like so many bikes in the lightweight climber category, the Addict feels twitchy when sprinting out of the saddle. That sensation decreases when you weight the front wheel, or when you ride up a steep climb. Its trail hits the sweet spot of approximately 57 millimeters (57.66 on a size 56 with a 25-millimeter tire). We were pleasantly surprised at the handling, which rivaled bikes that cost twice as much. On steep descents, the Addict dug into corners and stuck the tight line with minimal rider input.
The Addict’s HMF carbon fiber frame lacks the high-end appeal of the HMX-SL tubes found on the Addict SL. Unlike that top-of-the-line layup, which incorporates carbon nanotubes into the resin for added strength and reduced weight, the HMF adheres to lower industry standards for carbon fiber. Nevertheless, the bike feels stiff and responsive in the sprints. The stout BB72 bottom bracket likely helps.
Scott wisely dresses the Addict 15 in Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 group, though the FC-RS500 crankset can be upgraded for better performance. The rest of the Syncros build borders on mediocre, but it’s reliable enough for everyday use. If you wanted to drop weight, the Syncros cockpit would be a good place to start.
The Addict also shares a common weakness with other bikes in this price range: The wheels are fine for training, but they’re not ideal for racing situations, where every gram and watt counts. We threw on some Roval CLX 40 Rapide wheels, which greatly helped pedaling liveliness. Ultimately, the Addict is race-ready as-is, but it’s also ripe for upgrades if you prefer to customize your own rig.
Though it sits at the high end of the Privateer price point, it’s cousin, the Addict 20, is available in an Ultegra mechanical build for $700 less.