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Scott launches new Solace endurance frame, updates Addict

Swiss manufacturer enjoying exposure under Orica-GreenEdge yellow jerseys

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MONTPELLIER, France (VN) — The massive success Orica-GreenEdge enjoyed in the first week of this 100th Tour de France brought unexpected exposure, on a global scale, for all of its supporters, including bike sponsor Scott, which unveiled two new models days before the race started.

At a media launch in Gstaad, Switzerland, Scott unveiled its new Solace endurance frameset, its entry into the growing gran fondo market, and announced an upgrade to its lightweight model, the Addict SL, which is being raced at the Tour.

When Simon Gerrans took the stage 3 victory in Calvi last Monday, it was aboard the Foil, Scott’s aerodynamic road frame, one of four performance carbon fiber road options in Scott’s newly expanded line.

The Foil is Scott’s aerodynamic offering, built for fast racing; the Addict is its lightest model, weighing in at 995 grams for a 54cm frame and fork; the Solace emphasizes comfort; and the venerable CR1, which has existed since 2005, will now be positioned as Scott’s entry-level model.

Orica blazed the stage 4 team time trial in Nice, setting a new Tour record for the TTT, aboard Scott’s Plasma time trial frame, landing Gerrans in yellow.

After two days in the maillot jaune, Gerrans’ teammate — and roommate during the race — Daryl Impey took the jersey with a higher placing on stage 6, also aboard the Foil.

“At the moment, I’m racing the Foil. I’ll be using the Addict for the higher mountain stages, but for now, the stages haven’t been too lumpy, so I’ve chosen the Foil for my bike,” Impey told VeloNews at the start of stage 7 in Montpellier. “The Foil is rigid and twitchy, a bit more responsive, and more aerodynamic. The Foil is a lot faster, and the Addict is much lighter, so for the big mountain days, it will come in handy.”

The lightest-ever Addict

The Addict gets an upgrade courtesy of Scott’s proprietary HMX-SL weave, made of T1000G, the lightest carbon fiber the Swiss company has ever used. It is also the most expensive carbon fiber, explained Scott engineer Benoit Grelier, costing 10 times the amount of carbon fiber used on entry-level models.

The Addict SL was also trimmed down by virtue of its monocoque front triangle and hollow carbon dropouts, which save a combined 30g. The result is Scott’s first frameset (frame and fork) weighing in at under 1kg.

The team received the new Addict SL frames just 10 days before the Tour.

“Last weekend we rode it, before Corsica,” Impey said. “I’ve had it for one or two weeks, and have been riding it a bit. I’m looking forward to trying it out in the bigger days.”

As for Gerrans, he’s been riding the Foil, and said he “wasn’t sure” if he’d switch bikes during the Tour. “We only received the Addicts just before this race,” he said. “They’re really comfortable to ride. But for the moment, I’m kind of used to the Foil, so I’m sticking with the Foil. It’s a little bit less forgiving, more rigid, a bit stiffer, and I’m actually enjoying that aspect of it.”

The new Addict runs a tapered head tube (1.125-1.25), to increase stiffness, as well as thinner seat stays and a 27.2mm seat post, for added comfort. While it’s less aero than the Foil, it shares the Foil’s geometry, and Scott claims the Addict SL has 13 percent less drag than the previous Addict model. Like the Foil, the Addict is made using two different frame molds, one for electronic groupsets and one for mechanical.

The Addict is available in four models — the Addict SL, Team Issue, Addict 10, and Addict 20. The Addict SL comes built with a SRAM Red 22 groupset, Ritchey WCS carbon components, and a Syncros RL1.0 28mm carbon wheelset, with a claimed weight of 12.96 pounds and an MSRP of $12,650.

The Team Issue, which comes in a Dura-Ace build with either a 53-39 or 50-34 crankset, is priced at $7,900. The Ultegra-equipped Addict 10 also offers traditional and compact cranks, and runs $3,700, while the Addict 20 comes with an Ultegra 10-speed compact crank only, and is priced at $2,950.

The Solace: Scott’s first endurance frame

The goal of the Solace, explained Grelier, was to increase comfort and stiffness over the CR1. This was achieved, he said, by flattening the top tube and using thinner seatstays, for a more comfortable ride, and joining the seatstays to the top tube, which increases stiffness. The Solace also utilizes a tapered 1.125-1.25 head tube, for additional stiffness.

The net result, Grelier said, is a frame that is 42 percent more comfortable than the CR1 and 15 percent stiffer, using lab-measured seatpost deformation and displacement as metrics.

Other features of the Solace include rear brakes mounted on the chainstays, rather than seatstays, which Scott claims helps drop weight and increase braking performance, as well as integrated cable routing for mechanical or electronic groupsets.

The Solace is available in 12 sizes (seven for men’s builds, five for women) in four models: Premium, Solace 10, Solace 20, and Solace 30. The Solace Premium comes built with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset, Syncros carbon components, and a Syncros RL1.1 wheelset, with an MSRP of $9,500.

The Solace 10 comes in a Dura-Ace build with either a 53-39 or 50-34 crankset, and is priced at $5,300. The Ultegra 11-speed-equipped Solace 20 also offers traditional and compact cranks, and runs $3,400. The Solace 30 offers a Shimano 105 build in traditional and compact cranks, and is priced at $2,550.