The most ex­pen­sive op­tion by a fac­tor of two, so can the Scott shine twice as bright on the trails?

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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:


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.

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