SCOTT ADDICT GRAVEL 10
The most expensive option by a factor of two, so can the Scott shine twice as bright on the trails?
MODEL: Scott Addict Gravel 10 GROUPSET: Sram Force 1 GEARING: 42t chainring, 10-42t cassette WHEELS: DT Swiss PRC 1400 Spline 35 TYRES: Schwalbe G-one, 700x40c FINISHING KIT: Syncros Creston SL Flare carbon bars, Syncros RR1.5 stem, Syncros Carbon FL1.0 seatpost, Syncros FL1.0 saddle WEIGHT: 7.46kg PRICE: £5,999 CONTACT: scott-sports.com
The Scott has more in common with a road bike than I was expecting in terms of its handling and ride quality. It’s superresponsive in the way it both accelerates and changes direction on the smoother trails. The weight, or should I say lack of it, also puts it pretty much on a par with my road bike. I can only assume Scott is targeting a customer who likes to go fast, rather than someone who wants a lot of ‘comfort features’.
If my regular riding was on relatively smooth and hilly terrain, such as the gravel trails around Colorado, I would wholeheartedly want the Scott. But as my riding favours all sorts of varied trails, I’d go for something more capable over rocky or bumpy ground. Sram’s Force 1x11 groupset is very good indeed and to my mind a 1x set-up is a must for anyone riding gravel, as is a tubeless tyre set-up. The Scott has certainly got a lot going for it, but proves that not all gravel is equal. It will bring you big smiles on fast, flowing terrain, but is probably not best suited to a deeper excursion into the wilderness.