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Scott Addict eRide 20 e-bike review

1 Apr 2021
Verdict:

Inherits the pedal powered Addict RC’s ride qualities, with an extra push up the hills

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£3,999
For 
Well measured support • Sharp handling
Against 
Mechanical shifting is a little slow

The Scott Addict eRide electric bike has a lot in common with the human-only powered Addict RC. That’s no bad thing as we really rated the Addict RC’s ride quality on rolling roads and climbs. With a motor to help out, surely that can only get better?

Like the Addict RC, the Addict eRide is nimble and light on its feet. The unassisted Addict RC we tested weighed 7.9kg with a mechanical groupset and the Addict eRide comes out at exactly 12kg with a comparable mechanical setup.

That’s one of the lightest electric road bikes we’ve tested; splash out on the flashily equipped Addict eRide Premium and the quoted 10.75kg sounds altogether plausible.

 

Well judged assistance

A lot of the Addict eRide’s feathery weight comes down to the Mahle ebikemotion X35+ motor system. It’s the lightest out there and crops up on more and more electric road bikes, all of which come in around 12kg or less.

Based on a rear hub motor, the 40Nm of available torque is enough to pull you up a steep hill in its highest assistance setting. Alternatively, you can purr along on the lowest setting and still feel that you’re putting in most of the effort to crest a rise.

 

By just leaving the motor on its lowest assistance level, I got over 70km range with around 700m of climbing, before the top tube controller/battery indicator dropped below 50% charge, so quite ambitious rides should be well within the battery’s range.

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Alternatively, using the highest assistance level I was able to add a couple of kilometres an hour to my average speed over hilly routes, at the expense of quicker battery drain. It’s not just that I was getting up hills faster, but I felt fresher once I was at the top and ready to push on harder.

 

Scott has done a good job of setting the Addict eRide’s power levels so that the bike assists you progressively however you ride. I’ve found that climbing out of the saddle on electric bikes is often less efficient than just churning up hills seated, as the motor doesn’t handle the more jerky pedalling style as well.

But the Addict eRide copes really well with out-of-saddle climbing and the transition between standing and seated riding. I had to try hard to induce the uneven power delivery which can occur with electric motor systems.

 

Family resemblance

A lot of the Addict eRide’s design looks like the Addict RC, particularly the front end. Both bikes have Scott’s integrated cockpit, with the cables routed internally through the bars into the stem and thence into the head tube.

As on lower spec Addict RCs, the eRide 20 has a separate alloy bar and stem, rather than the one piece carbon number of both bikes’ top specs.

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It’s a neat design with more adjustability than a one piece bar/stem. The cables and hoses run through grooves in the stem under a top cover and there are just two exposed bolts on the underside of the stem faceplate. The headset bearings are asymmetric to allow the cables to pass into the frame.

 

I’ve ridden the Addict RC with an electronic groupset, which is ideal for such an integrated set-up. The mechanical shifting on the Addict eRide 20, with an Ultegra rear mech and 105 front mech, wasn’t super-crisp though which might be down to the tight bends needed to route the cables into the stem and headset.

The next spec up Addict eRide 10 and the top spec eRide Premium both have Di2 electronic shifting.

 

The rear of the Addict eRide’s frame also copies the pedal-powered Addict RC, with a Syncros Duncan 1.0 aero seatpost held in place firmly by Scott’s simple, lightweight clamp. There’s a similar geometry to the rear triangle of both bikes.

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The seat tube profile is comparable too, although in the Addict eRide, it harbours the charging port. That’s covered by a rubber bung and hidden under a moulded cover, held in place by a strong magnet.

It’s a neat design that adds a bit more protection than the normal positioning of Mahle’s charge ports in other makes’ e-bikes at the seat tube-down tube junction.

 

It also means that you can plug in a range extender battery more neatly, if you want to double your available range.

Scott’s down tubes are typically chunky on all its bikes, so the extra room required to house the 250Wh internal battery doesn’t make the eRide’s noticeable larger.

Other finishing kit too borrows from Scott’s Syncros component brand seen on its other bikes. The Belcarra Regular 2.0 saddle is a comfortable perch and the Capital 2.0 alloy wheels work well with the bike’s 30mm wide Schwalbe tyres.

 

A bit less racy

But the Addict eRide isn’t just an Addict RC with a motor. Look more closely and its geometry is less racy, with a reach that’s 12mm shorter in a size 54 and a stack that’s 25mm higher.

That leads to a significantly more relaxed ride position than the race-orientated Addict RC, the bike ridden by the Team DSM pros this year.

That seems a sensible move, which should make the Addict eRide a better match for the bike’s likely audience, who will probably want to ride in a bit more comfort. The wheelbase is a bit longer than the Addict RC too.

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But the Addict eRide still handles very responsively and feels well balanced, providing plenty of confidence when handling my usual mix of faster descents, tricky turns and dodgy road surfaces, helped out by the grippy tyres.

 

A chip off the old block

We rated the Addict RC a well designed bike with great ride quality and a very competitive weight for a disc brake bike. Those qualities haven’t been compromised by adding a motor to the Addict eRide.

It’s a capable, lively machine that’s enjoyable to ride in its own right. Having a bit more power to tackle hills is just a bonus.

Spec

Frame Addict eRide Disc HMX
Fork Addict eRide HMX Flatmount Disc
Motor Mahle ebikemotion X35 Plus
Groupset Shimano 105/Ultegra
Brakes Shimano 105 hydraulic disc
Chainset Shimano 105 50/34
Cassette Shimano 105 11-32
Bars Syncros Creston 2.0 Compact Alloy
Stem Syncros RR iC
Seatpost Syncros Duncan 1.0 Aero
Saddle Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0
Wheels Syncros Capital 2.0 25e Disc
Tyres Schwalbe One Raceguard Fold 30mm
Weight 12.0kg
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