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As cyclists, we’re always seeking that elusive combination of aerodynamics, low weight and ride quality bundled into a single package. We found that combination in the Scott Addict RC Pro, which is an intriguing, all-around competitor at the $7,000 price point—one with an appeal all its own.
The Addict RC Pro features many familiar attributes for a bike in the all-around category. Truncated airfoils are present throughout the frame, from the head tube to the seatstays—which are dropped, of course, but not as much as some competitors. There’s hardly a cable in sight, giving a clean aesthetic. And there’s an integrated handlebar and stem. Plus, the whole package is quite light, weighing in at 16.7 pounds (7.6 kilograms) for a size 58XL (without pedals or cages).
With its curved shape at the tops, bending inward where the handlebar meets the stem, the Syncros integrated handlebar-and-stem combination takes advantage of carbon’s natural properties for a stronger and lighter package. This bend also allows for simpler cable routing inside the cockpit and into the frame, completely hiding the cables from the wind.
Syncros components continue the build at the wheelset with the Capital 1.0 35 Disc. With a 21mm-wide internal rim width, these wheels are perfect for the rider looking to run wider rubber. With Schwalbe One 700x28c tires, this wheel-tire combo actually results in a wider tire setup of around 700x30c.
Scott has packed in some other nifty features, like a lightweight seat-clamp design that weighs only 12 grams. And a magnetic stem cap secures without bolts, making the bike look even cleaner. Speaking of clean looks, there’s a lot to be said for the aesthetics of the Addict RC Pro. Its lines are simply beautiful. And with sparkly purple paint that glistens in the sun, this bike is sure to turn heads.
We go into the first ride of any bike with preconceived notions—we can’t help it. While you can pore over the specs and geometry all you want, until you throw a leg over the top tube, you just can’t know what a bike’s really about. With the Scott Addict RC Pro, our preconceived notions quickly went out the window.
We were expecting to find a high-strung racer, but we were met with more-toned-down handling. The front end feels more like a gravel or endurance bike and we find this to be one of the bike’s advantages. It’s extremely comfortable over recently paved tarmac and beat-up roads alike (and has even more capacity to take away road vibration by upping the tire size even further). But it is also remarkably quick and light, something we don’t frequently associate with a more relaxed front end.
The Syncros Capital 1.0 35 Disc wheelset was a standout performer and an unexpected highlight to this build, helping contribute to a wonderful ride. These wheels confer very predictable and stable handling at high speeds and over rough terrain. We flew down a notoriously beat-up road and were grinning ear to ear with their performance. And with a wide 21mm internal rim width, these hoops offer ample support for 28c Schwalbe One tires. We’d be happy to make this a mixed-surface riding bike. It’s definitely not the choice for gravel, but it has the tire clearance to be comfortable on casual dirt roads and other mixed surfaces.
The Addict RC Pro performs admirably across the board and provides a ride quality all its own that leans more toward speed and comfort. For many cyclists, this bike might just be the perfect blend of weight, aero, comfort and more relaxed handling, with the option of squeezing in more rubber when needed. And while some might prefer Ultegra Di2 instead of mechanical Dura-Ace, at this price point the bike offers an excellent package.
$7,000 (as built); 16.70 lbs / 7.57kg
(size XL/58cm, w/o pedals or cages)
Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical hydraulic (52/36 crankset, 11–30 cassette); Syncros Creston iC SL Carbon integrated stem and handlebar; Syncros Duncan SL Aero seat post; Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.0 saddle; Syncros Capital 1.0 35 Disc wheelset; Schwalbe One 28c tires.
From issue 95. Buy it here.