- A new road frame from Scott was spotted under Orica-GreenEdge on Sunday. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Stuart O'Grady rode this frame on Sunday. Scott has slimmed down most of the tubes relative to its Foil aero road frame, but retained some of the aero shaping. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- The head tube doesn't have the same sculpting as the Foil, opting instead for two oversized bearings and a wide diameter throughout. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- O'Grady rode with Di2 climbing shifters for the Ronde. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Scott Innovative Technology Design — the Foil subsitutes Aero for Innovative in that graphic. It also flattens the seat tube into a Kamm-tail, while the new frame is rounded. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- 10-speed Dura-Ace for O'Grady at Flanders. The chainstays are squared off, rather than shaped for aerodynamics. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Titanium rails slid well back, even with a setback Pro seatpost. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- O'Grady ran a 53/38 tooth combo up front for Flanders. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- The new frame may not have hit the UCI's approved-frames list yet, even though the list was updated just three days ago, but it does have "UCI approved" stickers. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
OUDENAARDE, Belgium (VN) — The Orica-GreenEdge and IAM Cycling teams rolled into Brugge on Sunday with brand-new Scott frames, tackling the Ronde van Vlaanderen on what appears to be the latest iteration of the company’s celebrated Addict model.
The new frames have not yet hit the UCI’s approved-frames list, but did have UCI approval stickers that indicated the Addict model name. Scott marketing manager Adrian Montgomery could not provide additional information at this time, and in fact team officials threw VeloNews.com out of the team’s paddock halfway through shooting the new bike.
But visual cues (and a bit of common sense, given its debut race) point to a more comfortable version of the aero Foil, an all-rounder along the lines of the old Addict.
The Addict was Scott’s thoroughbred race frame prior to the Foil, aiming at high stiffness and low weight. The Foil added aerodynamics to the mix, but made sacrifices in comfort. A new Addict would likely focus on the old values of low weight and high stiffness, as well as providing a more comfortable ride than the hyper-stiff Foil.
The down and seat stays appear to have been downsized but retain similar Kamm-tail shapes to Foil, while the seat tube has been rounded. A thick bottom bracket area and large chain stays point to a continued focus on stiffness — it seems unlikely that this frame will be aimed at the endurance road market, as some frames first spotted at the classics are.
Keep an eye out for more as we get it.