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As experts in metal fabrication and sports design, SCOTT began delivering high-end steel and aluminum bikes to riders hungry for dirt. Constantly experimenting, they also invented aerodynamic road bars which proved to be decisive in Greg Lemond’s eight second victory over Laurent Fignon in the 1989 Tour de France. When everyone wanted bar-ends on their mountain bikes, Scott did one better with a one-piece extended bar made from extremely light aluminum that weighed less than most other handlebars alone. As the market changed and more brands offered copycat bikes, the SCOTT bicycle brand receded from North America, though they maintained a great reputation and strong sales in Europe and the rest of the world. The second wave of US-destined SCOTT range featured super-light and durable carbon frames that got both road and mountain riders wanting more carbon fiber in their diets.

Today, SCOTT continues to push sports-specific technology from both their Swiss based European offices and North American HQ, now located in our hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah. With access to near-endless mountain biking trails and high-altitude road riding, SCOTT road and mountain bikes are endlessly tested and proven on the world’s most demanding terrain.

The 2020 SCOTT Addict RC

Light, Fast, and Ready to Turn Heads

First released in 2008, the SCOTT Addict road bike was serious about speed. It was lighter than the competition, with a just-right amount of stiffness and excellent high-speed stability right out of the box. The Addict line has changed over the years, but that spirit of speed carries on today in the new 2020 SCOTT Addict RC road bike. Advancements in tech make the Addict RC a climber’s dream bike, a bike made to meet the demands of the World Tour by maintaining low weight and improving aerodynamics, stiffness, and overall comfort.

Perhaps the biggest change is the complete integration of all cables across the entire range of bikes. The Addict RC uses a unique steer tube that combines with a Syncros Creston iC SL handlebar to hide all cables from front to back. There’s also a magnetic cap on the stem to conceal bolts, and the new handlebar is designed to offer more ergonomic hand positions than other road handlebars while offering a strong amount of road compliance.

This allowed SCOTT to improve in another way: aerodynamics. Aerodynamics are seen a bit as the “final frontier” of race road bikes, and SCOTT uses their F01 Airfoil tube shape around the frontal areas of the bike to make the bike more aerodynamic than before.

SCOTT has also paid attention to ride quality. All bikes come with a 28c tire to balance out the stiff chassis, while bottom bracket height, axle-to-crown fork length, headtube length, and overall tube shapes allow the Addict RC to handle with the same liveliness as before, just with more tire clearance. It also allowed SCOTT to tweak geometry numbers to fit a wider range of riders on both sides of the size spectrum. That this is the lightest race road bike frameset with disc brakes they’ve ever made says a lot to their improved frameset.

The proof is in the pudding. The newly-aero headtube and handlebar combine to save six watts energy over the previous Addict RC, while the downtube is said to be 14.5% stiffer than before. SCOTT claims the Addict RC is more comfortable than before as well while weighing less; the 2020 Addict RC Ultimate weighs in at just 15.21 lbs. Much of that is due to a refined carbon layup, and much of it is due to a hollow molded rear end. Shared with the Spark RC and Scale RC, the rear end is built as a single piece with an aluminum insert for a thru-axle.

All Addict RC bikes share the same HMX carbon frame and fork that weighs in at 840 grams for a frame and 350 grams for a fork. The exception is the Addict RC Ultimate, which uses an HMX-SL frame to weigh in at a lithe 780 grams for a frame.

SCOTT Mountain

Gambler, Ransom, Genius, Spark, Scale

The SCOTT mountain bike line can be best described by versatility. Available in 29 or 27.5 inch wheel sizes, with a myriad of suspension geometries and builds that range from exotic to workaday, there is something for every desire. The lineup spans from the WC-winning SCOTT Spark RC XC bike, alongside the spindly Scale hardtail MTB. Up the ranks are the Spark and Genius, with 120 and 150 mm travel respectively. The ultra-capable Ransom brings enduro capability to a new level, while the new Gambler is among the most-advanced downhill/freeride bikes on the market today.

The SCOTT Genius trail bike starts with an adaptation of the Spark’s trunnion-mount rear shock. The new positioning allows for greater smoothness and small-bump compliance early in the shock’s travel without sacrificing firmness at the bottom of the shock travel. Further, with the flip of a chip on the shock mount, riders can easily use a 29 inch wheelset with 2.6” tires, or a 27.5 inch wheelset with 2.8” plus tires. This is coupled to updated geometry, which not only features one of the slackest head tube angles of any trail bike but adds in short but not too short chainstays and greater reach across all sizes. SCOTT aims to make models like the Genius 900 and 700 Tuned climb like a mountain goat and descend with precision and balance, and after just one ride it is clear that they’ve succeeded.

Much of the new technology of the SCOTT Genius comes from the SCOTT Spark, best known as the most victorious full-suspension mountain bike on the market today. The RC (for Racing Concept) model line, specifically the SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup, is one of the premier XC bikes. It remains SCOTT’s XC race bike, already tested and proven with Olympic gold medals and championship titles by Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds. The Spark extends from upper-echelon racers to the do-it-all SCOTT Spark 920 29er. Each bike features a rather slack head tube angle for maximum stability, but short chainstays and a steeper seat tube angle for better power transfer and greater overall maneuverability. The Spark’s high-performance geometry, low weight, and advanced features make it one of the best overall full-suspension cross-country bikes ever.

SCOTT’s hardtail, the Scale, continues to redefine how capable a hardtail mountain bike can be. The featherweight SCOTT Scale RC 900 SL weighs in at an effortless 19 pounds with the very best parts from Fox, SRAM, and DT Swiss, yet is more than robust enough for the rigors of XC racing. While the RC optimized for racing, bikes like the SCOTT Scale 910 are an evenly-balanced hardtail for nearly any situation.

The original SCOTT Ransom may have been ahead of its time in regards to suspension travel, genre-defying low weight, and all-out tech, but the new Ransom is much more contemporary. This new bike still features 170mm travel, but pairs it to a contemporary suspension similar to the Spark and Genius, as well as SCOTT’s TwinLoc three-mode suspension. And as if TwinLoc wasn’t enough suspension wizardry, Scott has added Ramp Mode, a small lever on the air can of the shock that closes off a portion of the air chamber to make the suspension more progressive. From top to bottom, you’ll find the Ransom a great choice for high-speed descents and all-day epics alike.

From a quick lunchtime bike ride to a long weekend adventure, to an intense race setting, SCOTT mountain bikes are capable, quick, and ready for nearly any trail.

SCOTT Road and Gravel

Lightweight, Aero, Endurance, Trekking

SCOTT has never skimped on innovating when possible, particularly on through their road bike line. For 2019, however, SCOTT is revamping their line to offer products that are more premium, and classier than ever before. Minimalistic graphics and typical innovation with a dollop of polish and panache makes the 2019 line of SCOTT road and gravel bikes their best one yet.

Originally introduced in 2008, the Addict was the lightest bike on the market thanks to superior technology to their peers. 2019 offers an line with revised SCOTT Addict and Addict Disc models, which maintain their uniquely low weight and add a bit of comfort for long-distance rides. They use a three-piece carbon mold to keep the frame simple and remarkably light like the rest of the Addict range. As a result, weight has been cut dramatically, without sacrificing comfort or road handling ability. Models like the SCOTT Addict 10 Disc feature endurance geometry that puts the rider in a more upright position, perfect for riding for hours chewing up mile after mile. Finally, disc models fit up to a 32c tire for superior comfort and grip.

The SCOTT Addict RC and Addict RC Disc favors the race-ready side of the spectrum as one of the lightest road frames on the market. Each Addict RC frameset is based around disc brakes but manages to cut weight, add stiffness, and be lighter than before. The Addict RC uses a unique steer tube that combines with a Syncros Creston iC SL handlebar to hide all cables from front to back. There’s also a magnetic cap on the stem to conceal bolts, and the new handlebar is designed to offer more ergonomic hand positions than other road handlebars while offering a strong amount of road compliance. This allowed SCOTT to improve in another way: aerodynamics. Aerodynamics are seen a bit as the “final frontier” of race road bikes, and SCOTT uses their F01 Airfoil tube shape around the frontal areas of the bike to make the bike more aerodynamic than before.

The SCOTT Foil and Foil Disc takes the award-winning Foil aero platform and adapts it to disc brake use. While the main triangle is the same, the fork and rear triangle are completely redesigned to shave watts and gain speed. The fork has been completely redesigned to manage increased wind resistance that comes with disc brake rotors and calipers. The result is a frameset that is just as stiff and aerodynamic as the rim brake model while being just 40g heavier. As a result, the SCOTT Foil 10 Disc is lighter than the competition, and furthers brand’s reputation for performance.

While most dirt-road adventures require choosing between a traditional road bike and a cross bike, the Addict Gravel and Speedster Gravel create an ideal blend of on-road handling with compliance, tire clearance and stability for loose terrain and rough pavement. All Addict Gravel models feature hydraulic disc brakes and thru-axles, for confident handling and braking. The SCOTT Addict Gravel 20 Disc is an excellent example of balance between low weight, confident handling, and quality components.

No Shortcuts

Superior Technology, Dedication to Contessa, Racing Prowess

What makes SCOTT Sports so unique in the crowded bicycle market? Simply put: experience. SCOTT is a true all-mountain company that covers down the gamut for just about mountain sport. From making the original plastic motocross boot, to the first aluminum ski pole and introduction of aero bars in the pro racing scene, it is clear that Scott is an innovator in not just cycling, but in every sport it participates in.

SCOTT’s engineering experience in multiple backgrounds has led to massive innovation that really makes a difference. A key technology found on Scott mountain bikes is their TwinLoc remote suspension lever, specifically the Scott Spark and Scott Genius mountain bikes. TwinLoc is a handlebar-mounted lever that simultaneously controls the front and rear suspension modes, to dial in travel and compression while in motion. Unlike the competition, the remote not only changes compression damping, but also changes spring curves, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike. This SCOTT-exclusive technology makes for a bike that climbs effortlessly and efficiently, yet slays on the way down.

SCOTT’s dedication to offering world class bikes to all riders doesn’t stop with men. The SCOTT Contessa line of mountain and road bikes are designed to take the best of SCOTT’s numerous platforms, and refine the geometry, suspension tunes, and build kits to optimize the riding experience for female riders. From the SCOTT Contessa Spark 710 to the SCOTT Contessa Addict 35, there’s a Contessa model for all trails or roads, and all abilities – truly built for women.

SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team started in 2002 as a way to offer Switzerland’s best young mountain bike talents an opportunity to develop their skills and focus on their careers under the wings of Thomas Frischknecht. Today, the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team still focuses on Cross-Country but also takes part in big stage races like the Cape Epic. SCOTT-SRAM today hosts international riders and superstars like Olympic and 7x World Champion Nino Schurter, as well as World Champion Kate Courtney, and European Champion Lars Forster.

Some companies engineer for the sheer sake of marketability; not so with SCOTT. In 2017 and 2018 alone, the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing team have accumulated over 11 championship titles on the Spark and Scale mountain bikes alone. Few companies can claim such impressive success, much less in the last few years. SCOTT simply lets these incredible achievements speak for themselves.

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At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Nick Gaitan is our expert on the Scott brand. If you have any questions regarding a Scott road or mountain bike, email him at or by phone at Contact Us.

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