Hiding in plain sight at the launch of Scott’s all-new Addict RC was an as-of-yet unnamed prototype 28mm-wide tubeless tyre from Schwalbe that is widely expected to be an updated version, or successor, to the Pro One. The tan wall Schwalbe Pro One — a forbidden fruit (for now) Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know There were representatives from Schwalbe on hand at the launch and they confirmed it was indeed a new tubeless tyre with a casing construction that differs from the current, much-loved and long-standing Pro One. The tyres have a different logo to the original Pro One and, appear to adopt its Addix compound Jack Luke / Immediate Media Schwalbe also confirmed that the new casing should better reflect real-world sizing when mounted to a rim — by that, Schwalbe means that, with the new tyre, a 25mm should measure 25mm when mounted to an appropriate rim. This is in reaction to a common issue where, when mounted to a modern wide rim, a 25mm tyre could measure wider than expected. This can cause clearance issues on certain frames. Looking closely, the tyres also appear to adopt Schwalbe’s Addix compound. This has, thus far, only been seen on its mountain bike tyres. Assuming the orange colour of the Schwalbe logo relates to the compound, this would suggest the tyres are constructed using the soft version of the compound. The tread pattern appears identical to the original Pro One. Other than that, we have no details at this time. We have been invited to a road launch with Schwalbe later in the year and will bring you information as soon as we have it. However, for now, we think it’s safe to speculate that… A new road tubeless ETRTO standard is imminent We also suspect that the new tyre is being designed to meet the ETRTO’s (yet to be announced) tubeless road tyre guidelines. The European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation is the industry body that regulates and determines specs for tyres and rims across many industries. Most big players from the European automotive and bicycle tyre industries sit on its board. No ETRTO standard currently exists for road tubeless tyres. This means that tubeless specs and standards are currently a minefield, with Mavic’s UST standard being the only thing that resembles a universal standard. However, this standard demands that the spoke bed be completely sealed, with few rim manufacturers offering this. A unified industry-wide ETRTO-ratified standard for road tubeless specs that moves away from this has been a long time coming — Continental claimed at last year’s launch of its GP5000 road tubeless tyre that the ETRTO board, which it sits on, was coming close to a conclusion. That was seven months ago and all has been silent since then. Hunt’s new wheels are compliant with the ETRTO’s, as-of-yet, unreleased road tubeless standard Hunt However, we spoke to Hunt — who’s new wheels are fully compliant with the new standard — which is close to the development of the standard and it confirmed that, while it does not have a set date, it expects the specs of the standard to be announced soon. All of this may not sound like much to your typical consumer but, if you’ve ever tried to make a stubborn road tubeless setup work, it’ll be extraordinarily welcome news. As for the new Schwalbe tyres themselves, we’re sure they’re bound to be interesting and, if they’re anything like the original Pro One, they’ll perform well too. Let’s just hope they come in a tan wall version as well. What would you like to see from a new tubeless road tyre from Schwalbe? Easier fitting? Better durability? Wider options? Lighter weight? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Scott has today released its all-new Addict RC, an impressively integrated and — much to our surprise — disc only race bike. Save for the addition of discs in 2016, this is the first major update the bike has seen since 2014. Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you Scott bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice What’s new with the Addict RC? The first generation Addict was released in 2008 and, at the time, was one of the lightest bikes available on the market. Lightness is still one of the most important traits of the new Addict RC — the presentation for the bike included all the usual tropes about increasing stiffness and improving aero-optimisation, and we will come to all of that. However, improved, and we’re sure Scott would argue, market-leading integration is the real focus of the bike. So, tell me about that cockpit Absolutely no cables are visible at the front end of the bike Jack Luke / Immediate Media The heart of the bike and all of this integration is the Syncros Creston iC SL cockpit The cables are first routed through the bars… Jack Luke / Immediate Media …then eventually into the head tube Jack Luke / Immediate Media This impressive one-piece cockpit/handle-stem/stem-bar (or whatever you want to call it) routes all cables/hoses through the bar, then the stem and eventually into the head tube. Everything is then routed into the frame and fork leg via the offset top bearing and funky custom headset spacers with a channel moulded into them. Absolutely no cables are visible on the front of the bike. This arrangement is referred to as the “eccentric bicycle foreshaft”, which is so delightfully to the point that it makes me smirk from ear-to-ear. This is a patented design owned by Scott. Clean lines aren’t the iC SL’s only party trick — the new cockpit is also claimed to be lighter, stronger, more comfortable and stiffer than the outgoing model. One-piece cockpits are often criticised for having a harsh ride quality, but the ‘thin’ (as in, short, vertically speaking) stem of the Creston iC SL is said to add a degree of vertical compliance without compromising on stiffness. Indeed, the bar is said to be 26 percent stiffer overall compared to the outgoing model. A smattering of high-modulus fibres is also used throughout the bar to tune feel. Syncros claims that the V shape of the bars allows it to better align fibres along its length Jack Luke / Immediate Media Syncros claims that the gentle V-shape that the stem forms as it joins the bar also allows it to better align fibres along the full length of the bars and into the stem. Looking (very) closely, you can indeed see these fibres running along its length. This is claimed to improve strength. In terms of weight, the Creston iC SL is said to weigh 295g for the whole package in an unspecified size, which is pretty impressive for a one-piece cockpit. The hardware for the Creston iC SL is also fully replaceable. The production version of the top cap will be more refined Jack Luke / Immediate Media It’s worth noting that the top cap cover shown on the iC SL photos is not a production example. Production top caps will have the same texture as the bars, will be held in place with a magnet and the gaps between it and the stem will be practically invisible. Do all new bikes come with this cockpit? No. On cheaper bikes, the iC SL cockpit is swapped in favour of the more traditional-looking iC 1.5 handlebar and RR iC stem. This setup still encloses all cables within the bar and stem but, unlike the iC SL, stems can be swapped without bleeding brakes or disconnecting any cables. The final product will be more refined but, overall, the stem actually looks pretty good Jack Luke / Immediate Media The cable can be removed once the clamping hardware is removed Jack Luke / Immediate Media The stem can be swapped once the fascias are removed Jack Luke / Immediate Media Proprietary spacers allow the cables to be routed down the front of the head tube Jack Luke / Immediate Media This is accomplished by shrouding the alloy stem in cosmetic, non-structural plastic fascias. With these removed, the stem can then be removed and swapped for a different length. This process was demonstrated to us and seemed remarkably easy. This may sound odd but, when attached, the whole setup actually looks really clean. Why should I care about these handlebars? There’s no denying that Scott’s execution with both of the handlebar systems is impressive — it’s a super clean looking setup and the iC 1.5’s ability to swap stems without disconnecting hoses is unique. Scott was keen to shout about this and both systems were discussed at great length during the product presentation. It’s a key part of the bike and it stressed that the new bike is best viewed as a system, with the cockpit at its core. That the brand is eager to push this message comes as no great surprise — road bikes are (supposedly) getting lighter, stiffer, more aero and more compliant with each new generation. When this is the message coming from every brand, something must be done to separate one offering from another and this is what Scott has aimed to do with its approach to integration Wait, did you say the Addict is disc only?! Yes, as mentioned, the Addict RC is now disc only. This is not a drill; there will be no rim brake versions of the Addict going forward This came as something of an unsurprising surprise — the sale of new road bikes is now heavily skewed towards disc-equipped bikes, but the Addict is a classic hill-climbing beast, and we fully envisaged Scott continuing to service this niche section of the market with its new bike. Full stop: road disc brakes take over in 2018 When we asked Scott why the new Addict was limited to discs only, it explained that it wasn’t as simple as reacting to reduced market demand, as we had assumed. Instead, it explained that adding rim brakes to the disc model and calling it good just wasn’t possible — to meet all of Scott’s design goals with the new Addict, it claimed that the two bikes would be so fundamentally different that making a rim brake model would be as good as designing two whole new bikes. A focus on other core parts of its bicycle business (*cough* e-bikes *cough*) also diverted valuable engineering resource away from the project. So there you have it. The arrival of discs is now an unstoppable tide and you should definitely let us know how sad/happy that makes you in the comments. What else is new? Along with discs, wide tyres are the new norm on road bikes, and the new Addict has clearances for 28mm tyres when mounted to 21mm wide (internal) rims. All stock bikes come with 28mm tyres as standard. As a side note, it’s exceptionally rare for a brand to actually specify rim specs when quoting tyre clearances, so hats off to Scott for being thorough here. Increasing tyre volume fractionally raises the whole bike, which can affect handling. To counteract this, Scott has dropped the bottom bracket a smidge. On that point, the overall geometry of the Addict RC was developed in conjunction with Rablador bike fitters and the Mitchelton-SCOTT pro team. The geometry is ever so slightly more aggressive than the outgoing model, which Scott now describes as an ‘endurance’ model. The new bike is built around an industry-not-standardised-standard D-shaped seatpost. The nifty new seat clamp works very, very well Jack Luke / Immediate Media This is secured with a nifty, ultra-light clamp that is claimed to weigh just 12g. This was far easier to adjust than wedge-based seat post clamps we have used in the past and hope to see the design carried over to Scott’s other bikes. The profiling of the tubes has been updated, which is said to have improved the Addict’s aero and comfort qualities. These efforts are said to result in a 6 watt saving over the previous generation of the bike at 45km/h. The overall construction of the frame has also been optimised, with the frame now made from three parts instead of six. This has reduced the number of joins in the frame, which reduces weight and is claimed to make the frame stronger overall. The total claimed system weight for the new Addict RC in an unspecified size is as follows; Frame: 850g Fork: 360g Cockpit: 295g Seatpost: 142g Clamp: 12g Total weight: 1,695g Scott Addict RC range overview Before we get into our summarised Addict RC range overview, it’s worth mentioning that the current generation Addict, and its gravel, women’s and cross derivatives will continue to be offered for 2020. The lineup shapes up as such: Addict RC — this is the new bike Addict Contessa Addict Addict Gravel / CX The weight for each model is a claimed figure in an unspecified size. Please feel free to chastise us for forgetting to bring a set of scales to the launch in the comments. We also have no pricing as of writing, but expect to get this soon, so check back for further details. Scott Addict RC Ultimate Scott Addict RC Ultimate Scott Groupset: SRAM RED eTap AXS Wheelset: Zipp 202 NSW Tyres: Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tubeless Cockpit: Syncros Creston iC SL Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.0 Claimed weight: 6.9kg Scott Addict RC Premium Scott Addict RC Premium Scott Groupset: SRAM Dura-Ace Di2 9170 Wheelset: DT Swiss ETC 1100 Dicut DB Tyres: Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tubeless Cockpit: Syncros Creston iC SL Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.0 Claimed weight: 7.12kg Scott Addict RC Pro Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 Wheelset: Syncros Capital 1.0 35 Disc Tyres: Schwalbe One V-guard 28mm Cockpit: Syncros Creston iC SL Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 Claimed weight: 7.3kg Scott Addict RC 10 Scott Addict RC 10 Scott Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120 Wheelset: Syncros RP2.0 Tyres: Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard 28mm Handlebar: Syncros Creston iC1.5 Stem: Syncros RR iC Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 Claimed weight: 7.81kg Scott Addict RC 15 Scott Addict RC 15 Scott Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050 Wheelset: Syncros Capital 1.0 35 disc Tyres: Schwalbe One Race-Guard 28mm Handlebar: Syncros Creston iC1.5 Stem: Syncros RR iC Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 Claimed weight: 7.65kg Scott Addict RC 20 Scott Addict RC 20 Scott Groupset: SRAM Force eTap AXS Wheelset: Syncros RP2.0 Disc Tyres: Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard 28mm Handlebar: Syncros Creston iC1.5 Stem: Syncros RR iC Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 Claimed weight: 7.9kg Scott Addict RC 30 Scott Addict RC 30 Scott Groupset: Shimano Ultegra R8000 Wheelset: Syncros RP2.0 Disc Tyres: Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard 28mm Handlebar: Syncros Creston iC1.5 Stem: Syncros RR iC Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 Claimed weight: 7.95kg Scott Addict RC first ride impressions We had a chance to ride the top-flight model around Scott’s HQ in Fribourg Jack Luke / Immediate Media My time riding the Addict RC on glass-smooth roads around Scott’s HQ in Fribourg was limited, so I’m reluctant to draw any meaningful conclusions about the bike’s performance — I’d ideally want to spend time on familiar crappy home roads and, critically, get to know the internal routing system a little better before making further comment. Nonetheless, I can say that 50-ish-km of cruising confirmed that the bike was, indeed, light, stiff and quick handling. That much can probably be expected of a top-flight Force AXS-equipped bike with go-fast, mid-depth wheels fitted and I would be surprised if I finished a period of testing in the UK thinking anything different. Wireless shifting for the masses — SRAM Force eTap AXS is here I took my pasty white legs and the Addict RC for a pleasant sun-kissed spin Scott However, as I alluded to earlier, with so many similar bikes out there now, it’s the unique features (the Addict’s cockpit and internal routing in this case) that make each bike stand out. How well these features stand up to real life use — and, of course, how it compares to its competitors in both value and performance stakes — will determine our overall judgement, and I look forward to seeing how the bike fares in the months to come.
Nukeproof expands the range of colors of its Horizon line components by adding purple, or to be more correct, anodized purple, which is added to red, blue, copper and black. The HZN handlebar in 7050 aluminum alloy available in two widths, 780 and 800mm, and in three heights, 12, 25 and 38mm of rise, all which have a diameter of 31.8mm. They also have etching to assist with a cut on PadLoc type grips. The handlebar is combined with their HZN stem with 35, 50 and 60mm in length available for both 31.8 and 35mm diameter. The cockpit is completed by Nukeproof’s lock on grips, available with both the Ultra soft Race compound and the more robust Endurance compound. Three options for HZN pedals, with a flat version and two clipless. 10 pins per side for the flat version, on a sturdy aluminum alloy platform. The CL model is the widest of the two clipless versions, with 6 adjustable pins on each side and a larger support surface. They use an engagement system compatible with Shimano cleats. The CS version, which uses the same attachment system, has only 4 pins per side, which are adjustable in height, and a smaller surface. HZN fixed seat post is available in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameter. That seatpost can be combined with the HZN collar, available in the following sizes: 34.9mm, 31.8mm, 28.6mm, 36.4mm. Nukeproof
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