New Shimano Dura-Ace, quality frame and a retail price tag of $6,099… what does our mechanic think of building the 2017 iteration of the Scott Addict 10?

With a bike that is heavily used in the professional peloton, Scott seems to be aware of the workload of mechanics. This isn’t just good for teams, but also bike shops and, of course, the customer.

This is Scott’s climbing bike – or classic road bike, if you will – and this translates to a build that is fuss free: straight tubes, nothing complicated in the braking or integration… and there are consistent, smooth lines for cables to enter and exit.

Clean inside and out, that’s something that Scott has always been known for with its frames…

Delivered in fine condition

The bike was delivered as any Scott would arrive at a bike shop: boxed nicely with lots of packaging to make sure that it is not damaged in transit. It was in great condition out of the box, no marks, no scratches.

The paint is a popular matte finish that seems to beg for affection: or perhaps it was just that the light grey colour tended to highlight any grease marks. Either way, it wasn’t long before I realised it was good to have some isopropyl alcohol or matte cleanser on hand.

Between the workshop and the studio it got plenty of use. Still, the grey, yellow and black finish looks amazing.

The factory build was pretty standard: bottom bracket and headset had only a small amount of grease and could definitely do with a little more to prevent any premature squeaking. But this is something that a good service centre would address straight away anyway.

The latest Dura-Ace is dark and no longer too mysterious. It took a while to get to market though… and, later in 2017, it’ll be joined by the new iteration of Ultegra. 

Bottom bracket, brakes and cables

It is good to see that Scott has gone for a 24mm specific bottom bracket instead of a BB30 with a step down adapter. The set-up used is a little more expensive but it’s a good sign that Scott has bothered with the investment as it’ll serve the customer well. The adapter works well enough but there’s an additional part and greater chance of creaking.

The brakes came routed with right hand front which is great. (It’s still bizarre to think that bikes set up in factories are allowed to be shipped here with brakes set up the wrong way: ie. not Australian standards when we live in Australia.)

The cables were exactly the correct length. Although stock bikes do generally have longer cables than I would build from scratch, the Scott was neat and tidy.

The cable routing on the Scott had good and bad points.

First the positive aspect: the removeable covers at the entry point on the top of the down tube were easy to remove and it took no time to finish this part of the build.

(Note: I have found in the past that the covers can create a small amount of noise from the frame, so use a small amount of grease if you happen to be fiddling with this part of the bike.)

Now, the negative… under the bottom bracket is a new design for where the cables exit the frame.

The configuration is neat but it means that both cables need to be loosened to replace just one of them. This is a little frustrating. A larger hole with independent front and rear gear cable exits would be really welcome here.

One of the reasons for the ‘Build Report’ is so that we can consider the review bikes inside and out. There is little point in just riding a bike and offering comment, you need to understand how it all comes together too…  

Measurement and fitting

The top tube of the Addict is longer than the 54cm frame size in the sizing chart, the top tube ends up measuring in at 55cm, meaning you may be using a slightly shorter stem than on a true 54cm.

The head tube measures a conservative 14cm which gives a lot of room to move for most riders – which is a plus: it’s not too aggressive but not too upright… just a nice happy place in the middle.

The bike will fit a good range of riders out there, none of the geometry numbers are extreme in being too short or too long which is a big plus.

Syncros bits… as you’d expect from Scott.

Working with the new Shimano

Instead of creating change for the sake of change Shimano has built on what was already a great previous groupset (the 9000 series, superseded by this the R9100 – not to be confused with R9150, which is the Di2 equivalent).

The new derailleurs have both been adapted for greater adjustments in the workshop. This is via the cable adjuster built into the front derailleur as well as a more user-friendly barrel adjuster that sits on the rear.

The shifting action has been made even more crisp with a longer, stiffer rear derailleur cage and more spring tension to reduce chain movement.

The groupset is user friendly with the mechanic in mind whilst still having that futuristic Dura-Ace look we have come to know.