- The gravel riding trend, isn't fading
- This cycling category, between road and mountain bikes, is where a lot of product money is being invested
- Scott has now committed to dropbar all-terrain riding, with its new Addict Gravel
Swiss cycling brand, Scott, is better known for its mountain bikes, but the Swiss cycling brand has finally recognized the potential of gravel riding.
As more riders demand bikes that can and explore gravel road networks, without requiring suspension or adding a lot of weight, the gravel bike has prevailed.
A bike for gravel grinders
Scott’s response to this new market demand has been the redesigned Addict Gravel. The company had previously marketed its cyclocross bike, as a dual-purpose gravel bike, but this new Addict Gravel features a more aerodynamic frame, with gravel bike specific features.
Engineers at Scott were tasked to create a gravel bike that would be stable if you choose to descent the Swartberg pass, with frame bags mounted to the frame.
Longer frames deliver safer steering dynamics at higher speeds. This is especially important when you are rolling at speed on an uneven gravel surface and the new Addict Gravel has a longer reach and wheelbase, than its predecessor.
It is light too. Very. Especially for a frame with the ability to ride off-road and carry additional overnight bike packing bags. The frame weight is a mere 930g and a lightweight build, using the best SRAM components and DT Swiss wheels, comes to only 8.12kg.
Big tyres and slicker aero
You might not think that aerodynamics make a difference for gravel road riding, but anyone who has pedalled into a bitter Karoo headwind will know better.
Scott has created an elegant integrated handlebar and stem for the new Addict Gravel. It cleverly tucks all the brake cables inside the handlebar, delivering not only a classy look but also improving aerodynamics.
For gravel bikes to perform at their best, you need to roll really big tyres. Much larger than anything on a road bike. With wide fork blades and rear triangle spacing, the Addict Gravel can accommodate tyres up to 45mm in width.
These larger tyres can soften Karoo dirt road corrugations and improve traction, reduce fatigue and keeping riders safer, on those long gravel mountain pass descents.