Since 2008, the publisher of RIDE has owned one road bike: a Scott Addict. This model was once a team bike (for Saunier Duval and Highroad) but once the Foil was released the Addict ceased duties in the pro peloton… but there are changes brewing and we can expect to see a new model released soon by the supplier of both the Orica-GreenEdge and IAM Cycling teams.
When Scott first started supplying frames to the top level of pro road teams, the frames were chrome-finished aluminium. That was back in 2001 when the likes of Patrice Halgand and others from the French team Jean Delatour were part of wild-card invitees to events like the Tour de France. The brand had been known as Scott-USA but it has a strong Swiss connection which may, in part, explain why IAM Cycling – the new Swiss-registered Pro Continental team – is using the Foil in 2013.
There have been subtle refinements throughout the years but it’s possible to see attributes of the early carbon-fibre frames like the Speedster in today’s bikes… even if the shape is vastly different. Here is a summary of the 11 Scott bikes that have been reviewed in RIDE over the first 15 years…
Scott’s bike test history in RIDE
Plasma 3 Premium. Reviewed by Alex Malone. (RIDE #56) “I’ve refrained from mentioning the race of truth analogy for the TT and as a former professional recently and sternly told me: “If it was a real race of truth it would be 180km not 40-odd kilometres.” I guess this is correct but unless you’re an Ironman athlete, an hour or so spent riding at your limit is all most of us can handle. It’s tough on the body and the mind but with a set-up like the Plasma 3 you know it’s not the equipment holding you back. It’s got the speed and the edge necessary to hold that threshold limit. It’s designed to be raced. Prepare the body for it and let the bike do the rest.”
It’s easy to see why the Plasma 3 has been so successful. There’s very little to catch the wind from the front and even the side of the frame sees little hindrance from the wind.
Foil. Reviewed by Graham Springett. (RIDE #53) “The bike’s comfort could perhaps be a minus point in some riders’ books, as it’s not the sort of frame intended for long recreational rides. Although it absorbs more of the road shock than perhaps an aluminium frame, it’s not what you would call a plush machine and you really need to be pushing both the bike and yourself to be able to overlook the feedback you get through your butt. However, I found this to be one of the bike’s endearing qualities.”
This is where the Kamm tail concept is really visible. The upper side of the down tube looks square but don’t be fooled by the boxy lines. Most of it is caused by the paint scheme.
CR1 Pro. Reviewed by Alex Malone. (RIDE #48) “The rear triangle is vastly different from the Addict and is the heart of the CR1. Take a look at the squashed profile of the chainstay, it’s the point where road and pedalling forces are distributed. Directly behind the cranks is a visual explanation for the excellent bottom bracket stiffness. The act of pedalling puts significant sideways loads on the frame and taller profile tubing ensures the vibration dampening doesn’t compromise efficiency. Venturing toward the rear, the chainstays slim down to produce the generous ride. Here the carbon-fibre is a able to flex slightly in an upward motion. We’re talking about a tiny movement here but the effect can be felt.”
Slightly longer head tubes in tandem with a shorter top tube produce a ‘long distance’ friendly position. This means you can have performance without the challenging position of a racing set-up. The CR1 front triangle uses similar shapes to the Addict.