Van Bikeradar: Premium builds and fabulous paint | 2022 Scott Contessa Signature range overview

Where some brands limit their women’s-specific offerings to lower budgets, Scott has done the opposite with the Contessa Signature range, delivering a six-strong fleet of performance builds from road to mountain and gravel bikes.

While there are more than 40 women’s bikes across Scott’s Contessa range, the Signature collection offers the most premium builds for each category.

For 2022, the Contessa Spark RC cross-country race bike has been added, alongside the Contessa Addict Gravel and the Contessa Patron eRIDE electric mountain bike.

There’s a watery theme for this year, which extends not only to the paintjobs across these six bikes, but also influences the design of the technical apparel, helmets and shoes that are included in the Contessa Signature line-up.

Scott Contessa Spark RC World Cup

Scott Contessa Spark RC World Cup xc cross country women's bike

The Scott Contessa Spark RC World Cup.
Scott Sports

  • £7,499 / €8,299 / $8,999.99
  • Spark RC Carbon HMX frame
  • RockShox SID Select+ RL3 120mm fork
  • RS Nude 5 RL3, 120mm TwinLoc shock
  • SRAM X01 Eagle AXS drivetrain
  • Shimano XTR brakes
  • Syncros Silverton 1.0 carbon wheels
  • Fox dropper post
  • Syncros carbon fibre finishing kit
  • 10.7kg claimed set up tubeless

This cross-country race rig, as raced by the likes of Kate Courtney, features Scott’s hidden shock design, integrated into the down tube. The increase in travel to 120mm at either end and premium brakes are a response to the increasingly demanding cross-country race courses at World Cup level.

Keeping the build lightweight and responsive for climbing is still key though, and this build features Fox’s short-travel lightweight dropper post, carbon fibre finishing kit and wheels from Scott’s component brand Syncros, even with removable axle levers.

Scott Contessa Ransom 910

Scott Contessa Ransom 910 women's mtb mountain bike enduro

The Scott Contessa Ransom 910.
Scott Sports

  • £5,899 / €6,499 / $6,499.99
  • Ransom carbon HMX-alloy frame
  • Fox 38 Float Performance Elite 170mm fork
  • Fox Nude TR EVOL TwinLoc 170mm shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain
  • Shimano XT 4-piston brakes
  • Syncros Revelstoke 2.0 TR alloy wheels
  • Fox dropper post
  • Syncros finishing kit
  • 14.5kg claimed set up with tubes

The Ransom is Scott’s enduro-racing ready rig, featuring 170mm travel and progressive geometry to not only help you slay the downhills but, the brand claims, also enjoy getting the laps in with the ride back up.

Suspension components comes courtesy of Fox, combined with Scott’s TwinLoc system, which enables you to lock out the fork and shock at the touch of a handlebar-mounted remote.

Want to play with a mullet setup? The Ransom can also take both 27.5in or 29er wheels.

Scott Contessa Patron eRIDE 900

Scott Contessa Patron eRide 900 women's e-mtb electric mountain bike

The Contessa Patron eRIDE 900 women’s electric mountain bike with its Bosch Performance CX motor.
Scott Sports

  • £7,249 / €7,999
  • Patron eRIDE carbon/alloy frame
  • Fox 38 Performance Elite 160mm fork
  • Fox Nude T eRIDE EVOL 160mm shock
  • Shimano XT drivetrain, 4-piston brakes
  • Bosch Performance CX motor, 750Wh PowerTube battery
  • Fox dropper post
  • Syncros finishing kit
  • 24.3kg claimed weight

Rounding off the Contessa Signature mountain bike offering, the Patron eRIDE 900 unleashes all-day riding with the assistance of the Bosch Performance CX motor.

The Fox 38 Performance Elite fork and Nude T eRIDE EVOL shock deliver 160mm of travel at either end, again controlled with Scott’s TwinLoc suspension remote.

The build uses the new Bosch Smart System and PowerTube 750 battery, claimed to give the best range of the Bosch ebike battery line-up.

Scott Contessa Addict Gravel 15

Contessa Addict Gravel 15 women's all-road gravel bike

The Contessa Addict Gravel 15 is the cheapest bike in the Signature range.
Scott Sports

  • £2,549 / €2,799 / $2,999.99
  • Addict Gravel Disc HMF carbon frameset
  • Shimano GRX RX810 groupset
  • Syncros RP2.0 alloy disc wheels
  • 8.69kg claimed weight

The Contessa Addict Gravel 15 is the lowest-priced offering in the Signature range.

You get a top-tier mechanical Shimano GRX groupset, good tyre clearance with 45mm Schwalbe G-One Bite tyres fitted, and a suite of quality components from Syncros, including alloy wheels, flared alloy bars and a carbon aero seatpost.

Just like the other bikes in the Contessa Signature range, the Addict Gravel 15 has a subtle iridescent paintjob with waves of water over the dark teal base.

Scott Contessa Addict RC 15

Contessa Addict RC women's road race bike

The premium Contessa Addict RC, with Syncros 35mm-deep carbon wheels.
Scott Sports

  • £5,699 / €6,299 / $6,299.99
  • Addict RC Disc HMX carbon frameset
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset
  • Syncros Capital 1.0 35mm carbon wheels
  • Syncros carbon bar and seatpost
  • 7.58kg claimed weight

The Contessa Addict RC 15 is Scott’s premium women’s road bike, aimed at the racier performance end of the spectrum with its lightweight build and aerodynamic tube shapes.

It comes with Syncros 35mm-deep carbon wheels, with matching carbon fibre aero seatpost and handlebar. Cables and hoses are all integrated for a minimalist, aero look. Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 groupset provides electronic shifting.

Raced by the likes of Lorena Wiebes and Leah Kirchmann of Team DSM, the top-spec HMX carbon Addict RC will see WorldTour action in 2022.

Scott Contessa Addict eRIDE 10

Scott Contessa Addict eRide 10 women's electric road bike

The Scott Contessa Addict eRIDE 10 has a Mahle hub drive motor and battery.
Scott Sports

  • £6,299 / €6,999 / $6,999.99
  • Addict RC eRIDE HMX carbon frameset
  • SRAM RIVAL eTap AXS groupset
  • Mahle motor hub drive and battery
  • Syncros Capital 2.0 carbon wheels
  • Syncros finishing kit
  • 11.8kg claimed weight

The Contessa Addict eRIDE 10 takes the race-winning platform of the Addict and adds a stealthy Mahle hub drive motor and battery, designed to help you ride further and climb higher.

With some extra assistance, you can still expect quality gear, from the 12-speed SRAM Rival eTap AXS groupset to Syncros carbon climbing wheels. The whole package weighs in at an impressive claimed weight of 11.8kg.

If long-distance cycling is your cup of tea, you can use a range booster to relieve any battery-level related anxiety.

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