The new Scott Foil gives a good balance of speed and comfort
Of all the new bikes that are arriving in 2016, the Scott Foil has received one of the most radical makeovers, with a completely new aero frame which thankfully addresses the harsh ride of its predecessor.
The aero improvements mean that Scott is claiming that this bike is 27 seconds faster than its predecessor over a 40km time trial at 40km. As well as this it is also apparently 89% more compliant and 13% stiffer at the bottom bracket. Big numbers all round then, but some that certainly ring true out on the road.
The only small problems we found was that both the seatpost clamp and the headset were fiddly to adjust, requiring both patience and a steady hand.
This Team Issue version sits one from the top of the Foil range, which means that you get full mechanical version of Shimano Dura-Ace combined with a set of Zipp 60 wheels. Exclusive choices, but ones that perfectly match the rest of the bike.
Despite the trend towards electronic shifting, mechanical Dura-Ace is still impossible to fault, while the Zipp 60s offer most of the benefits of the company’s top-end 404s, but with an aluminium braking surface that offers better stopping performance in wet weather.
Most of the rest of the finishing kit comes courtesy of Scott’s own Syncros range. The highlight is undoubtedly that integrated bar and stem, which comes in a range of sizes depending on the size of the bike, and can also be swapped for your personal preference when buying.
For once, all those marketing claims of improved stiffness and comfort definitely play out when you’re riding.
This bike is absolutely fantastic to ride. A first stomp on the pedals is enough to confirm that the bottom bracket is exceptionally stiff, and over the miles it becomes clear that the Foil is a sprinter’s dream, uncompromising in its performance with lightning sharp acceleration.
However, the really impressive thing is that this isn’t at the expense of comfort. The slender seatstays and reduced cross-section seat tube, and seriously flat top tube all combine to make a race bike that is able to cope with testing miles on rough British lanes.
It’s really hard to give a bike of this price full marks for value, but if you’re heading into your local bike shop with six grand burning a hole in your pocket then you could do a lot worse than the Scott Foil.
It offers everything you’d want for this mount of money: great finishing kit, great wheels, and most importantly an absolutely outstanding frame that will go a long way to getting you to the front of any peloton.
For more details visit the Scott website.
The Scott Foil is an excellent option if you want a super fast race bike that can also cope with long miles and rough roads. The bottom braket is outstandingly stiff meaning sharp accelerations, while the changes that Scott has made from the old Foil have improved comfort no end.