The new Scott Foil gives a good balance of speed and comfort

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Scott Foil Team Issue

Pros:

  • Sharp acceleration
  • Surprisingly comfortable
  • Fairly light
  • Impressive components

Cons:

  • A little expensive

Product:

Scott Foil Team Issue

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£5,999.00

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This product is featured in: Aero bikes: a complete buyer’s guide.

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.

In fact this bike is so good that we gave it runner up in the aero bike category in the 2016 Cycling Weekly Bike of the Year awards.

Frame

Scott Foil head tube

The neat junction between the fork and down tube helps to smooth airflow

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.

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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.

Specification

Scott Foil down tube cable routing

The cables enter the frame at the top of the down tube

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.

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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.

Ride

Scott Foil integrated stem and bars

This higher spec Team Edition Foil comes with integrated bar and stem

For once, all those marketing claims of improved stiffness and comfort definitely play out when you’re riding.

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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.

Value

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.

Verdict

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.

Details

Frame:FOIL HMX
Fork:FOIL HMX
Shifters:Shimano Dura-Ace
Front Derailleur:Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Dura-Ace
Cassette:Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28t
Chain:Shimano Dura-Ace
Brakes:Shimano Dura-Ace Direct Mount
Chainset:Shimano Dura-Ace, 53-39t
Wheelset:Zipp 60
Tyres:Continental GP4000s 25mm
Handlebars:Syncros RR1.1 Carbon Anatomic 31.8mm Oversize
Stem:Syncros Carbon Foil 1 1/4"
Seatpost:Syncros FOIL aero Carbon
Saddle:Prologo Zero II Titanium
Sizes:47, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61
Weight:7.38kg
Contact:www.scott-sports.com
  • Andrew Bairsto

    They lost a customer because of the rear brake.and like the mail below the advertising was written by salesmen and not mechanical engineers.

  • AmIJustAPessimistOrWhat?

    The rear brakes will get filled up with road muck – and then they won’t work.

  • James Curson

    So the headline says it’s lighter than the outgoing Foil, but then further down the article is a claimed weight of 945g for a 54cm frame. Wasn’t the old one claimed 890g for the same size?

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    You chancers don’t half talk rubbish about power transfer. You can’t get an education in mechanics reading marketing copy.