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Race tech: New Scott Addict at Tour of Flanders

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Orica-GreenEdge was one of two teams showing off a new Scott Addict at the start of this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Orica-GreenEdge was one of two teams showing off a new Scott Addict at the start of this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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The broad chain stays suggest very good side-to-side stiffness on the revamped Scott Addict.

The broad chain stays suggest very good side-to-side stiffness on the revamped Scott Addict.
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IAM Cycling's Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 front derailleur is mounted to a carbon fiber tab.

IAM Cycling's Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 front derailleur is mounted to a carbon fiber tab.
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Traditionalist will no doubt like the more organic shape of the revamped Scott Addict.

Traditionalist will no doubt like the more organic shape of the revamped Scott Addict.
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If the steerer tube is tapered, it's only mildly so.

If the steerer tube is tapered, it's only mildly so.
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The down tube, seat tube, and chain stays all make good use of the 86mm-wide bottom bracket shell on the new Scott Addict.

The down tube, seat tube, and chain stays all make good use of the 86mm-wide bottom bracket shell on the new Scott Addict.
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IAM Cycling is also using the new Scott Addict at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen.

IAM Cycling is also using the new Scott Addict at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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The rear derailleur cable or wire exits neatly at the back of the carbon rear dropout.

The rear derailleur cable or wire exits neatly at the back of the carbon rear dropout.
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The new Addict fork uses gradually tapered legs.

The new Addict fork uses gradually tapered legs.
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Scott seemingly intends for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire to be fed into the down tube but Orica-GreenEdge's internal battery setup apparently works better with the wire running into the top tube.

Scott seemingly intends for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire to be fed into the down tube but Orica-GreenEdge's internal battery setup apparently works better with the wire running into the top tube.
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Scott has yet to announce the new Addict or even a launch date but the UCI has already approved the design.

Scott has yet to announce the new Addict or even a launch date but the UCI has already approved the design.
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See a battery here? Neither do we. Orica-GreenEdge is running internal setups on its team bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

See a battery here? Neither do we. Orica-GreenEdge is running internal setups on its team bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro Limited ProTection tubulars for the Orica-GreenEdge team at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro Limited ProTection tubulars for the Orica-GreenEdge team at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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The rear end of the new Scott Addict is very similar to the one used on the Foil. Don't be fooled by the paint job on the seat tube, though - it's essentially round.

The rear end of the new Scott Addict is very similar to the one used on the Foil. Don't be fooled by the paint job on the seat tube, though - it's essentially round.
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The busy cockpit of Orica-GreenEdge veteran Stuart O'Grady includes a course cheat sheet, a PRO computer, and a satellite shifter for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur.

The busy cockpit of Orica-GreenEdge veteran Stuart O'Grady includes a course cheat sheet, a PRO computer, and a satellite shifter for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur.
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25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars and DT Swiss carbon rims for this IAM Cycling rider.

25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars and DT Swiss carbon rims for this IAM Cycling rider.
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This article originally published on BikeRadar

The Orica-GreenEdge and IAM Cycling pro teams previewed a new Scott Addict at the start of this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen race. Neither an aero machine like the Foil or a dedicated endurance beast like the CR1, the revamped Addict could signal the latest salvo in the lightweight bike wars.

Like the original Addict, the new Scott uses mostly roundish tubes, to maximize its stiffness-to-weight ratio. Perhaps to help mask its true identity, many of the trailing edges of the team bikes were painted in contrasting colors, like on the Foil, but any truncated airfoil shaping here is extremely subtle – if it's there at all.

In fact, there's little in the way of radical shaping anywhere, with even the rear end bearing straightforward cross-sections, including tall and fat chain stays that taper gently from front to rear and medium-sized seat stays that are dead straight from top to bottom.

There's also a telescoping round seatpost (we're guessing it has a 30.9mm diameter) secured with a conventional external clamp, a PF86 press-fit bottom bracket shell with corresponding broad chain stays and down tube, and convertible internal routing for mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Di2-equipped team bikes were fitted with internal batteries, although we expect the production Addict to come with dedicated external battery mounts, too.

Geometry appears to be carried over from the Foil, with a low front end that had even team riders running at least a few millimeters of headset spacers beneath their stems. While it's hard to believe this is the case, the head tube's slim profile suggests there might be a straight 1 1/8in-diameter steerer hidden away inside – or if it is tapered, it's the less dramatic 1 1/8in to 1 1/4in variety.

Scott has yet to announce the new model, or even a launch date for an official introduction. But if we're right about the bike's intended aim, we anticipate sub-800g frame weights. Both teams' bikes had UCI approval decals, so we expect to hear more later this season.

For more information on Scott bikes see www.scott-sports.com.

Don't be fooled by the paintjob on the seat tube, though - it's essentially round