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  • Adrian Freeman

    For such an expensive bike, people should be aware of Scott’s Warranty policy. They offer 5 years for their frame but only if you have the bike serviced (at your cost) once a year at a Scott Authorised Dealer.

    • Good point, Adrian. According to the fine print, the frame gets a three-year warranty automatically that can be extended to five years with an annual service by a dealer.

      But it’s also worth noting that there are plenty of equally expensive bikes that offer shorter warranty periods.

      • Callum Dwyer

        Is that because really expensive bikes are made for PROs who only need them to last 12 months?

      • Tim Ashton

        There are also a number of manufacturers offering Lifetime warranty (often with limitations). I would find it difficult to buy a new bike without that.

        • Having been at the interface between the customer and the manufacturer/distributor for a multitude of warranty claims, this is a very sticky issue for the industry. A warranty is not an insurance policy, but some buyers think of it in this way and expect their claim to be automatically awarded.

          Once a bike has been in use for twelve months, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between a defect in materials or workmanship (that is covered by the warranty) and wear and tear (or abuse).

          • Arfy

            This gets into even more grey areas like using bike carriers, home trainers etc. Personally I’m always going to have full insurance on the bike, so it will be an argument between the manufacturer and the insurer.

          • Mark ADAM Abramowicz

            Matt’s hit the nail on the head here. We offer a 30-day guarantee and a lifetime warranty on our framesets due to manufacturer’s defects. If a problem arises and it’s clear that it is the fault of our factory, than we stand behind our product. These lines get very blurry after a season of two of use as well as the maintenance and cleaning of the bike by the owner. In three years of business, we’ve only had two warranty issues. One issue happened very early on with our first Kampionne model. It was clearly a a factory defect on the fork and one that lead to us having every fork from our initial production run, redesigned, reproduced, restocked and replaced. The chances of the other forks seeing the same defect was slim but we did not want to take any chances for our riders. The second warranty came in two weeks ago. The customer claimed the braze-on rivets had broken. This is not uncommon for braze-on hangers, though it is something we usually see happen from a crash on the drive side or from someone laying the bike down in the back of their car on that side. The bike was caked in crud and it was apparent that it had not been cleaned, maybe since day one of ownership. When we inspected the frame, it showed evidence of a crash but without the cranks, bars, etc. it was impossible to prove. I’m not saying this customer tried to pull one over on us, not by any means, but I believe this proves that what is covered by a warranty at times is not always objective.

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  • Dave

    “Every part of the bike, except the front brake calliper, integrates cleanly into one swooping, flowing design that makes me think of a Formula 1 car.”

    Couldn’t help laughing at this. It’s obviously a while since Matt watched a F1 race, as the current cars make time trial bikes look good!

    • Fair point, but I liked the connotations of the comparison. In retrospect, perhaps a reference to a Le Mans Prototype would have been more apt? :-)

  • David Williams

    Surprised no one nailed the bike as they came through the tunnel. Had so many close calls there!

    • Actually, one rider almost did… surprising number of riders using the tunnel even though it was late morning.

      • Aaron Heaysman

        Any chance of doing a review of Zipp Firecrest 404 disc and Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL C Disc wheels Matt?

  • Ragtag

    Thanks for as always an excellent review. I am not sure where to post this, but I personally did not like the new look of the Cycling Tips homepage. The earlier one seemed to take the full screen space and pictures thus seemed to pop. This looks like any other website. I know I might be in the minority here with my view, but there is no harm in respectful free speech as they say!

  • Peter

    So Caleb Ewan won’t be sprinting with it then?

  • Andy B

    Nice Bike, Good to hear they have made it a bit more useable
    Racing my Foil on rough roads was always pretty brutal

    Just cant get my head around this sort of money for a Scott though

    • Avuncular

      +1 I like the profile the bike presents side on particularly the front end with the integrated bar /stem. I agree with the reviewer about the placement of the rear brake. I’d never buy a bike with that feature. And the price is staggering.

      • Andy B

        Ive got two bikes with similar rear brakes, both at some point have been a total pain in the a**
        I would likely steer clear of it again

  • Aaron Paterson

    Great the Trek Madone 9 and done with it.

  • Hyun-ji Song

    Nothing untoward you Matt, but if the Di2 junction isn’t hidden, people complain. If it is hidden, we try and nitpick and find more complaints!

  • Steve S

    Won’t the rear brakes get full of dirt in that location?

  • Dave

    Is this bike affected by the Scott recall mentioned in today’s Rocacorba?

    • No, the seatposts that are being recalled are round and were supplied with the Addict.

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