2023 Scott Addict vs Foil vs Speedster vs Contessa

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Founded in the United States in 1958, Scott started with ski sports and motocross. It wasn’t until the late 80’s that they entered the cycling space with the introduction of the aerodynamic handlebar, which we refer to TT bars today. It was designed by Charley French and used by Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win.

In 2007, Scott introduced its first Addict frame, the lightest available at that time, with the frame, integrated seat post, and carbon fork weighing just 1,285g.

Scott road bikes lineup

Scott road bikes can be divided into four models;

  • Addict
  • Foil
  • Speedster
  • Contessa

The top-of-the-line carbon frame is called the Ultimate, followed by Pro and numbering such as 10, 20, 30, and so on. The women-specific models are denoted by 15, 25, 35, and so on. One of the main differences is the carbon fiber which ranges from HMX-SL (lightest, stiffest) to HMX and HMF (heavier but more comfortable).

Most Scott’s road bikes are disc only except the lower end of the Speedster family (below $1,000).

ModelDesigned forPrice range
Scott Addict RCAll-rounder race bike$4,799 to $15,999
Scott AddictEndurance bike$2,399 to $5,499
Scott Foil RCAero race bike$4,799 to $15,999
Scott SpeedsterEntry level bike$1,499 to $1,999
Scott ContessaWomen road bike$1,499 to $5,499
Scott Road Bikes Lineup

Scott Addict RC

Scott Addict RC Ultimate
Scott Addict RC Ultimate. Photo : Scott

The Scott Addict RC Ultimate is a top-of-the-line model made from the superlight HMX SL carbon. The Scott Addict RC Pro is next in line with the HMX Carbon. Both models have a fully integrated, one-piece carbon handlebar.

Further down the line are five Scott Addict RC models built with the HMX Carbon. They use a two-piece aluminum handlebar, and the cables are fully hidden. RC stands for Racing Concept, and the Addict RC is Scott’s performance racing bike.

There’s also a women-specific Scott Contessa Addict RC that is very similar to the standard version except for the touchpoints; saddles, handlebars, and compact cranksets.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Scott Addict RC UltimateCarbon (HMX-SL)SRAM Red eTap AXS$15,999
Scott Addict RC ProCarbon (HMX)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$9,999
Scott Addict RC 10Carbon (HMX)SRAM Force eTap AXS$7,599
Scott Addict RC 15Carbon (HMX)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$6,799
Scott Addict RC 20Carbon (HMX)SRAM Force eTap AXS$6,299
Scott Addict RC 30Carbon (HMX)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,299
Scott Addict RC 40Carbon (HMX)Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$4,799
Scott Addict RC retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) vs SRAM Red eTap AXS Groupsets

Scott Foil RC

Scott Foil Pro
Scott Foil Pro. Photo : Scott

The Scott Foil RC was refreshed in mid-2022, just in time to debut at the Tour de France. Scott worked with aerodynamics expert Simon Smart, the founder of Drag2Zero. Simon is also the man behind the design of Enve wheels.

According to wind tunnel testing, the new Scott Foil RC is 9% lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the HMX-SL carbon fiber layup, and 10% more aerodynamically efficient.

There are five models available in disc and electronic shifting only.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Scott Foil RC UltimateCarbon (HMX-SL)SRAM Red eTap AXS$15,999
Scott Foil RC ProCarbon (HMX)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$10,999
Scott Foil RC 10Carbon (HMX)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$6,999
Scott Foil RC 20Carbon (HMX)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$6,299
Scott Foil RC 30Carbon (HMX)Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$4,799
Scott Foil RC retail prices in USD
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Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) Groupsets
List of Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) Road Bikes

Scott Speedster

Scott Speedster 10
Scott Speedster 10. Photo : Scott

The Scott Speedster family is an entry-level, aluminum road (and gravel) bike. Like the Scott Addict, it has an endurance frame geometry for a wider spectrum of recreational cyclists.

While the frame is made from aluminum, the fork is carbon and comes with 32c tires for even more comfort. There are six models in the Speedster family, two of which are the Contessa Speedster (women-specific) models.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Scott Speedster 10Aluminum (6061)Shimano 105 (R7000)$1,999
Scott Speedster 20Aluminum (6061)Shimano Tiagra (R4700)$1,699
Scott Speedster 30Aluminum (6061)Shimano Sora (R3000)$1,599
Scott Speedster 40Aluminum (6061)Shimano Claris (R2400)$1,499
Scott Contessa Speedster 15Aluminum (6061)Shimano Tiagra (R4700)$1,699
Scott Contessa Speedster 25Aluminum (6061)Shimano Claris (R2400)$1,499
Scott Speedster retail prices in USD

Scott Contessa Addict

Scott Contessa Addict 15
Scott Contessa Addict 15. Photo : Scott

The Scott Contessa is the women-specific range of road bikes. It’s present across the Scott Addict and Speedster lineup.

The difference between Contessa and the regular, unisex models is the touchpoints. Scott Contessa models have shorter stems, narrower handlebars, and women-specific saddles. The frame geometry remains unchanged.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Scott Contessa Addict SECarbon (HMF)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$5,499
Scott Contessa Addict 15Carbon (HMF)Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$3,599
Scott Contessa Addict 25Carbon (HMF)Shimano 105 (R7000)$2,799
Scott Contessa Addict 35Carbon (HMF)Shimano Tiagra (R4700)$2,399
Scott Contessa retail prices in USD
More reading : 
Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) vs SRAM Rival eTap AXS Groupsets
List of Road Bikes with Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)

Scott road bikes in professional cycling

In recent years, Scott has been synonymous with Mark Cavendish’s HTC Highroad team, where he won some of his early Tour de France stage wins in 2010 on a Scott Addict.

From 2011 to 2020, the Australian team, GreenEdge Cycling (also known as Orica–GreenEDGE, Orica–BikeExchange, Orica–Scott, Mitchelton–Scott) was on Scott bikes for both its men’s and women’s teams.

Simon Yates won the 2018 Vuelta Espana, and Annemiek van Vleuten won the UCI women’s road world championship in 2018, riding a Scott Addict.

From 2021, Team DSM will be riding Scott’s bikes after Team Bike Exchange rode them from 2012 to 2020, before switching to Bianchi for 2021 and Giant for 2022.

More reading : Bikes at the 2022 Tour de France

Frequently asked questions

How long is Scott’s warranty?

Scott bikes come with a 3-year warranty for the frames and a two-year warranty for the fork. The warranty only covers the first owner.

More about Scott’s warranty policy.

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