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The other stand out feature of the Scott Addict of course is the price. Off the peg the CX RC is pushing £5000, but being Mark Cavendish's own bike the value of this would be higher still. But lord does it ride well. For a brief moment I even doubted Mark's sprinting ability and attributed it all to the Addict- this was of course foolish, but it would be fair to say that the bike would improve anyone's cycling.
The power transfer is so efficient and effortless, the braking dangerously responsive compared to the dodgy calipers on my 1982 Peugeot that I've faithfully heaved around for years and years, and gear changes suspiciously smooth. It's almost as if Scott have taken the best bike on the market and then improved and tweaked every single thing on the Scott Addict to make a bike befitting the quickest sprinter in the road.
On the downside it is quite small though (Mark is only 5'9).
And the yellow and black colour scheme makes the whole contraption look a bit like a bruised banana. But who am I trying to kid, it is incredible.
You may wonder why I have the bike in the first place? Mark is an ambassador for Right To Play and helps us with a mass bike ride every year. This year we are watching the first stage of the Tour de France finish in Brussels on July 4th, then actually meeting Mark and the rest of the riders from Team HTC Columbia, before cycling back to London on the 5th over three lovely days via Bruges, Calais, and the South Downs.
And how to get your hands on this bike? Well, the easiest way is if you enter the Right To Play Brussels to London event you will be entered into a draw to win it. For you.
If not, and you intend to buy a Scott Addict CX RC, it might be time to finance the car. I am sure your partner will understand once they ride it.