Scott Sports published a press release today announcing a new bicycle aimed at gravel racing. Dubbed the “Addict Gravel Disc”, the bike bears a strikingly similar look to the previously announced 2016 Addict CX-10 cyclo cross bike. In fact, it very well may be the same bike. If it isn’t, the changes are likely minimal where it counts.
Here is a bit of the press release:
The beaten path is not always the most memorable! On the other hand, the tracks less taken are quite often the ones which offer the greater adventures. Gravel roads are everywhere, and if you belong to the “Go anywhere, anytime” club, Gravel might be your next big thing. With the Addict Gravel Disc, SCOTT enters the offroad segment with a fresh looking rig based on famous benchmark models with a great history.
There is no doubt that Gravel biking is a trend that is no longer limited to certain regions of the world but rather is starting to become an important category across the globe. Thanks to a lightweight HMF Carbon frame, disc brakes and Shimano Ultegra components the Addict Gravel Disc is ready for every challenge on any road, be it during a race or a multi-day tour. The development of the Addict Gravel Disc resulted in a 990-gram HMF Carbon frame with a race-ready endurance geometry, clearance for wide tires, disc brakes, and stiff thru-axles.
Assuming this bike is at least based off the CX-10, if it isn’t exactly the same frame and fork, we can figure on seeing the new front axle standard being pushed for road bikes here which is 12mm instead of the more familiar 15mm. The rear wheel is also a through axle but probably is the standard 12mm X 142mm set up in current use on mountain bikes. Scott claims that the CX-10 can handle 40mm tires with decent clearance, so it would be safe to assume that the “Addict Gravel Disc” will follow suit, although the press release was not forthcoming with specifics. Carbon frame manufacturing is expensive and not conducive to minor tweaks to geometry, so one might assume also that this frame uses the very same geometry as the CX-10. If that proves to be true, expect a 68mm bottom bracket drop, 71° head angle, and short chain stays. Not very “gravel specific”, but then again, most companies are redressing cyclo cross bikes as “gravel” bikes and hoping no one notices. This bike appears to follow that trend.
Specs and Features-
• Lightweight HMF Carbon frame (990g)
• HMF Carbon Gravel fork (400g)
• Disc brake optimized frame and fork
• Thru-Axles for increased stiffness, ease of use and extra safety
• Internal cable routing. Compatible with electronic and mechanical groupsets
• Tapered headtube with 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” integrated bearings for direct handling
• PF86 bottom bracket for immediate power transfer
• Extra tire clearance and mud-shedding chain stays for trouble-free riding in muddy conditions
• Removable derailleur hanger
• Optional chain guide
• Removable chain guard
Shimano Ultegra Drivetrain 22 Speed, 50-34T, Syncros RR2.0 Anatomic 31.8mm Handle Bar, Syncros FL2.0 Stem, Syncros Carbon FL1.0 ECL 27.2mm Seat Post, Syncros FL2.0 Saddle, Syncros RP2.0 Disc Wheelset, Schwalbe G-One Fold 700x35C Tires. Weight: 8.26kg
Prices were not announced but the CX-10 is expected to top five thousand dollars, so this carbon frame and forked model should approach the same prices.
NOTE: Images and some information used in this post were provided by Scott Sports.