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Tour Tech 2016: Adam Yates’ Scott Addict

Check out the bike belonging to the Orica-BikeExchange rider who's second overall

Britain’s Adam Yates is currently sitting in second place in the Tour de France and wearing the white jersey as best-placed rider age under 26 despite an altercation with the flamme rouge 1km to go marker on Friday. Here’s the Scott Addict he’s riding.

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Orica-BikeExchange riders choose between the Scott Foil and the Scott Addict for road stages, the Foil being the more aero option and the Addict being the lighter weight choice. Scott claims that the Addict’s frame comes in at 790g while the fork is 300g.

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The Addict is made from what Scott calls HMX-SL carbon-fibre. This incorporates T1000G carbon and uses a ‘carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy resin”.

The nanotubes in the resin are intended to “offer an improved strength perpendicular and at off-axis to fibre direction, which allows for a better inter-laminar shear strength.”

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Like most high-end race bikes, the Addict comes with a tapered head tube designed to provide front-end stiffness. Although the upper headset bearing is 1 1/4in, the head tube flares out to take a 1 1/4in lower bearing. The bottom bracket is oversized too.

Scott says it has a proprietary process, called IMP, that allows it to increase strength by using high modulus stressed fibre in more precise placement in critical areas.

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Orica-BikeExchange is a Shimano sponsored team and Adam Yates’ bike is built up with a Dura-Ace Di2 (electronic) groupset. 

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The chainset incorporates an SRM power meter and 54/42-tooth chainrings, although these pictures were taken before the flattish stage one, not before a mountain stage. Yates, 1.73m (5ft 8in) tall, uses 170mm cranks.

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The Orica-BikeExchange mechanics have swapped the standard hex bolts in the crank arm for Torx bolts.

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The K-Edge chain catcher has the GreenEdge Cycling name on it (GreenEdge being the team, Orica and BikeExchange being the title sponsors). A magnet at the bottom of the chain catcher triggers cadence (pedal revolutions per minute) on the power meter.

That's one clean chain, huh? It’s useful to have pro team mechanics sorting out your bike after every ride.

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This bike is fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace C35 wheels with decals that are in danger of flaking off. That could be the downside of all that pressure washing to which team equipment is subject.

The tyres are Continental Competition Pro Ltd in a 22mm width. That’s a really unusual size for pros these days. The vast majority of tyres we saw while visiting each of the Tour de France teams were 25mm wide. 

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The Elite Leggero bottle cage weighs a claimed 15g, which is ridiculously light. A lot of other pros, including Chris Froome, use the same design.

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The handlebar and stem are aluminium options from Shimano’s sub-brand Pro.

Yates has his Di2 satellite shifter unusually positioned pointing forward. He’s not unique in doing this but most riders have them orientated backwards so that they can be operated with the thumb rather than the index finger.

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This version of Fizik’s Aliante saddle has carbon braided rails. 

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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