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Scott Addict CX RC

Ultra-premium cyclo-cross race machine

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The Scott Addict CX RC is hands-down the trickest 'cross bike we've tested

The Scott Addict CX RC is hands-down the trickest 'cross bike we've tested (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Addict CX frame mimics the road-going version in nearly every way, right down to the integrated seatmast

The Addict CX frame mimics the road-going version in nearly every way, right down to the integrated seatmast (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Oversized tubes and lots of carbon fibre meet at a decidedly well bolstered bottom bracket shell

Oversized tubes and lots of carbon fibre meet at a decidedly well bolstered bottom bracket shell (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Tall chainstays contribute to the ultra-rigid rear end

Tall chainstays contribute to the ultra-rigid rear end (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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There is ample mud clearance at the chainstays

There is ample mud clearance at the chainstays (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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As with the standard Addict road frame, the Addict CX has carbon fibre dropouts

As with the standard Addict road frame, the Addict CX has carbon fibre dropouts (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The stout rear end yields superb drivetrain stiffness but doesn't contribute much to overall comfort

The stout rear end yields superb drivetrain stiffness but doesn't contribute much to overall comfort (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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There is gobs of clearance up top for mud to pass through

There is gobs of clearance up top for mud to pass through (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The beefy seatstay wishbone features an integrated barrel adjuster for the rear brake, though it would have been nice to mount it a bit higher

The beefy seatstay wishbone features an integrated barrel adjuster for the rear brake, though it would have been nice to mount it a bit higher (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The oversized top tube is mildly ovalized for comfortable shouldering. Too bad the brake cable is in the way

The oversized top tube is mildly ovalized for comfortable shouldering. Too bad the brake cable is in the way (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The integrated head tube is fitted with FSA's 'cross-specific Orbit IS CX headset

The integrated head tube is fitted with FSA's 'cross-specific Orbit IS CX headset (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Scott say the extra housing mount is for the rear brake cable but we got a smoother line by running it on the other side of the head tube

Scott say the extra housing mount is for the rear brake cable but we got a smoother line by running it on the other side of the head tube (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The straight-bladed Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross fork provided a stiff front end that matched up well with the rest of the bike

The straight-bladed Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross fork provided a stiff front end that matched up well with the rest of the bike (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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38mm-deep Ritchey WCS Carbon tubular rims make for a perfect all-around race wheelset

38mm-deep Ritchey WCS Carbon tubular rims make for a perfect all-around race wheelset (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The DT Swiss 240s hubs are light and dependable

The DT Swiss 240s hubs are light and dependable (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Continental Cyclocross Mud tubular tires excel in loose conditions but are a bit sketchy on hardpack

The Continental Cyclocross Mud tubular tires excel in loose conditions but are a bit sketchy on hardpack (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The anatomic Ritchey Logic II Carbon handlebars are fitted with top-end SRAM Red DoubleTap levers

The anatomic Ritchey Logic II Carbon handlebars are fitted with top-end SRAM Red DoubleTap levers (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Carbon fibre cockpit components on a 'cross bike? They definitely save weight but try not to crash on them

Carbon fibre cockpit components on a 'cross bike? They definitely save weight but try not to crash on them (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The SRAM Red transmission is ideal for 'cross with its more positive feel

The SRAM Red transmission is ideal for 'cross with its more positive feel (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Many pros are apparently opting for a Force front derailleur instead of Red but Scott feel fit to include the top-end changer here for their flagship 'cross machine

Many pros are apparently opting for a Force front derailleur instead of Red but Scott feel fit to include the top-end changer here for their flagship 'cross machine (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The FSA SL-K Light hollow carbon fibre crankset is fitted with 'cross-appropriate 46/36T chainrings

The FSA SL-K Light hollow carbon fibre crankset is fitted with 'cross-appropriate 46/36T chainrings (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The unidirectional finish of the Ritchey WCS Carbon 4-Axis stem is nicely complemented by UD-finish carbon headset spacers

The unidirectional finish of the Ritchey WCS Carbon 4-Axis stem is nicely complemented by UD-finish carbon headset spacers (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Scott includes a carbon-railed saddle as well which provides good incentive for smooth remounts

Scott includes a carbon-railed saddle as well which provides good incentive for smooth remounts (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)

Scott’s new Addict CX RC is

The Addict CX RC is an amazing rig for the dedicated ‘cross racer

Still, über-machine or not, £4,299.99 (US$7474.99) is an enormous sum of money for

Ride & handling: Swift and nimble, but don't expect long-ride comfort

Much as we’ve come to expect

Handling is also spot-on. Compared with a similarly sized Addict, the

The CX

Though the Addict CX RC's thin-walled carbon construction delivers

Low-pressure tubulars aside, the Addict CX RC is stiff with a capital

With

According to Scott frontman

Frame: Light as a feather, stout as a rock

Like the standard Addict, Scott

Total weight for our

Equipment: Top-shelf

£4,299.99 is a hell of a lot of money to ask for any ‘cross bike but the Addict CX RC includes a component spec that wants for little and goes a

The SRAM Red transmission continues to be one of our favorites for

Speaking of mud, Scott clearly anticipates that the Addict CX RC will

Though this combination is undoubtedly excellent for tromping through

Likewise, the Tektro cantilevers deliver plenty of mud clearance and a

We can’t help but wonder about the long-term durability of the carbon

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