All About Zwift’s New Scott Addict RC Frame

All About Zwift’s New Scott Addict RC Frame

Zwift’s newest update includes a new bike frame: the Addict RC from Scott.

Scott already had a handful of frames in game: the Plasma (TT), the Foil (aero racer), and the Spark RC (MTB). The Addict RC adds a mature all-around road racer to the mix, as the Addict RC is lightweight while maintaining strong aero performance.

Here’s how the new Addict RC is described in the Zwift Drop Shop:

“Since its introduction in 2008, the Addict RC has been one of the most successful competitive road bikes on the market. The new Addict RC is as complete as it can get when it comes to the perfect high-performance road bike. Regardless of whether you’re trying to win the biggest races on the planet, chasing a virtual segment, or taking on your riding buddies on your local climb, the Addict RC makes it more likely that you will come out on top.”

The frame is rated 3 stars for aero and 4 for weight on Zwift, indicating that it will be a strong all-arounder. You’ll have to be level 33+ to purchase it in game, at a price of 852,000 Drops.

The Scott Addict RC, IRL

Over the years, the Addict RC has certainly been used to win plenty of big pro races, including Simon Yates Vuelta a Espana victory in 2018. But IRL performance doesn’t always map directly to Zwift performance, so we ran this frame through our standard tests to learn how it performs in Zwift. And the results were noteworthy!

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Scott Addict RC in Zwift.

Aero Performance

The Addict RC turns in a flat test time just 1 second slower than the new best all-arounder (Pinarello Dogma F) which was released last month, placing it in the 81st percentile in terms of aero performance.

The Addict RC’s flat test time is 51:22.5. By comparison, the fastest frame in game (Cervelo S5 2020) turns in a time of 51:11. (Our test course is two laps of Tempus Fugit, which totals 34.6km.)

Climb Performance

When the road tilts upward, the Scott Addict RC really shines. It turns in an Alpe du Zwift climb time 4 seconds faster than the Pinarello Dogma F, placing it in the 97th percentile for climbing frames in game. It is only bested on the Alpe by the Specialized Aethos!

The Addict RC climbs Alpe du Zwift in a time of 48:55. By comparison, the standard Zwift aero frame turns in a time of 49:31, and the Specialized Aethos completes the test is 48:49.

Note: all test results above are from a 75kg, 183cm rider holding 300W steady using Zwift’s stock 32mm carbon wheelset.

Top All-Arounder

The Pinarello Dogma F was announced as the new top all-arounder when it was released in Zwift last month. But since the Scott Addict RC loses 1 second to the Dogma F on the flats while gaining 4 seconds on the climbs, we’re going to say the Addict RC is the new top all-arounder in game, because it delivers incredible performance where it’s needed most in many races (the climbs).

Tron-Killer?

Astute racers will be asking if the Addict RC will finally unseat the Tron bike from its top all-arounder status. Our answer is: yes, but you have to decide where you want to gain an advantage over the Tron, and this will be determined by your wheelset choice.

Example #1: Throw the new DT Swiss disc on and the Addict is 8.5 seconds faster on the flats, but 4 seconds slower on the climbs compared to the Tron.

Example #2: Use the ENVE 7.8 wheelset and the Addict is 6 seconds slower on the flats, but 9 seconds faster on the climbs.

So where do you want your advantage to be? Your wheelset choice with the Addict RC will determine if it outclimbs the Tron, or outpaces it on flat ground. But no wheelset currently in game will let you do both.

Conclusions

The Scott Addict RC is a super-impressive all-arounder, turning in nearly best-in-game climbing performance while maintaining speed on the flats and descents.

It’s almost like have a Specialized Aethos frame without taking the aero performance hit. And because of that, this frame is the smart choice for any Zwift road race that will have decisive climbs. It will give you a huge advantage on the climbs (when effort is highest), and you shouldn’t feel much of a penalty while sitting in on the flats and descents.

Due to this frame’s incredible aero performance we’ll be updating the following posts soon:

Additionally, whenever a new frame is added to the Drop Shop we add it to our Master Zwift Frames List and update the following:

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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James Ryan
James Ryan (@james-ryan-marvell)
30 days ago

Interested to understand what the difference between “Rolling Hills” and “All rounder” is – At what height do you distinguish between them?

Daniel Connelly
30 days ago
Reply to  James Ryan

Here’s my view: figure how much “crunch time” in the race is on flats, versus on steep climbs (8%), with gradual climbs (4%) counting 50-50. So on the Bologna time trial, that’s 50% flat, 50% climbs. Then take a weighted average. So if it’s 50-50, seconds saved on flats and climbs count equally. If it’s 25-75 (mostly flat), then time saved on the flats counts 3x as much (e.g. 1 second faster on flats trades off 3 seconds saved on climbs). Etc. Typically “rolling” courses have more flats than climbs. But the key is where the hard efforts will be,… Read more »

J. Pennarun
J. Pennarun
30 days ago

It’s strange that it’s only one second slower than the Dogma F, given the later did Tempus Fugit x2 in 51:20 (3080 s), so 51:22.5 (3082.5) would rather be 2.5 seconds slower, not 1. Also, I’m a bit at a loss here with the half-seconds that recently appeared in tests. How do you measure those ? May we get timings but with half seconds for all the gears some day ? Thanks.

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
30 days ago
Reply to  J. Pennarun

Last week, the Dogma F was listed with 3080s (51:20), the Aeroad 2021 with 3081s and the Zwift Carbon with 3095s. Now, there are some little changes for several bikes in the chart.
The Dogma F was listed with 3081,5, the Aeroad 2021 with 3080s and the Carbon with 3096s.
So, the Dogma F had lost 2,5s vs Aeroad 2021 from last week’s frame chart list. I think, that Eric has tested everything new and that’s why we have some notable changes.

Daniel Connelly
29 days ago
Reply to  J. Pennarun

Eric averages multiple tests, and so individual tests may have one-second precision from Strava, if he does at least 4 tests, that doubles the effective precision and allows for half-second estimates, recognizing theres is still some uncertainty.

One can improve on Strava’s precision by doing analysis on the FIT files directly, which I’ve done for a race series I once organized. But that’s a big topic.

Paul
Paul
28 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

The day I bought the Alpinist wheelset and used it to climb the Alpe was the time that I managed to win the Lightweights at the top. It did seem rather ironic, although most probably not enough for Alanis Morissette.

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
27 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Hi Eric, good to know that you retest all the stuff (and twice) … so what do you think at which date round about we will find the most accurate data ? And which list is then the most up to date one ? … I think, it will be “The Frame & Wheel Ranking Charts” with the red&blue lines, right ? And perhaps the Scatterplot-times vs Tron ? Thanks for all of this !!!!!!!!

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
26 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Ah … perfect, then I will wait until your update announcement for both complete “Ranking Charts” before starting to sort all your data in my personal Excel-table.
One additional question please : Did you also re-test the Tron ? So, can you confirm Tron’s times (3028s/2939s) or has it little changes, too ?
Thanks in advance and many greetings to you.

J.Graff
J.Graff
30 days ago

Just used the rest of my drops on an Athos yesterday. And now I want I had bought this one instead 🙂

Bram Neudt
Bram Neudt
29 days ago

Hi Eric, how does the Scott frame perform with the Zipp 858 wheels in comparison with Tron? I’m curious how aero it can get without pairing disc wheels with a road bike (I just can’t do it).

Dawn
Dawn
29 days ago

Is the slight amount of time lost on ADZ climb to Specialized, regained on the decent? Assuming both are using the Alpinist CLX?

Francois
Francois
27 days ago

Many thanks for the review. To me the Aethos+7.8 still wins over the Addict+7.8 on rolling or slightly hilly courses. The advantage on the climbs seems much more valuable compared to the equally big disadvantage (in terms of numbers) on the flat given the possibility to draft on the flats and the gaps usually being made on climbs.

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
22 days ago

I am only a few drops away to purchase this crazy Allrounder-frame BUT I’m afraid that ZHQ could slow it down as some other top-performers. So I ask myself, how many days or weeks should I wait to be sure that its performance is fixed ???

Eric
Eric
3 days ago

If you’re ever bored and need something to do Eric, it would be really interesting to see the Tron bike versus the other “all-arounders” on a course like New York that has lots of short hills, but no real climbing

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