Scott CR1 Pro Review
The Scott CR1 Pro is a smooth riding road bike designed to allow you to race in a more comfortable position than some of its contemporaries might afford you. With all the components that make it suitable for professional riders, as well as a price point that makes it moderately affordable and thus accessible to a wider audience, it is well balanced and appealing on multiple levels. This is one of my favourite bikes at the moment, simply wonderful.
The Scott CR1 HMF NEW carbon frame with IMP technology is important to this range and well implemented in this instance. The carbon is fundamentally lighter and suppler than metallic alternatives and is thus the choice of people who want to cut out road buzz and also ride faster, further and for longer.
The frame geometry has been further adapted to put the emphasis on its comfort elements, with tubing that lets high frequency road vibrations peter out before they reach the rider while also giving you enough vertical compliance to take the sting out of the bigger, one-off shocks generated by potholes and the like. Meanwhile, the Shock Damping System (SDS) found at the back end and also on the full carbon fork further adds to the comfort elements of this bike, giving you an all-round ride quality over the tarmac that is tough to match at this price point.
Of course the kind of suppleness that is being integrated into the Scott CR1 Pro might result in a degraded experience when it comes to actual power transfer, speed and acceleration. However, the designers have managed to make sure that its lightness and comfort do not impinge overly on the key elements that make a road bike of this sort a suitable choice for competitive situations. You can get up to speed quickly and then maintain your pace in the pack effectively, with the Shimano Ultegra drivetrain components remaining light while giving you the enduring consistency of shifting that will not leave you in the lurch through slips or spins.
There are Shimano Ultegra brakes onboard the Scott CR1 Pro, along with a wheelset that is made up of Syncros RP1.5 rims, spokes and hubs all wrapped up in Continental Ultra Race tyres for traction and slick straight line speed. A bike of this kind needs to be light in multiple areas to avoid one aspect compromising the weight savings of another, so serious riders will definitely appreciate these features of the Scott CR1 Pro, allowing it to earn the implications of its name in practice.
The Ritchey Carbon Pro seatpost and Scott Road Pro SL saddle make a good pairing on this model, giving the rider somewhere comfortable to put themselves during long distance missions across the flat and also encouraging you to stay seated while you tackle climbs. In fact, the Scott CR1 Pro is quite well suited to a variety of road situations and so will not leave you looking forward to one section more than another. Instead you can take in climbs, flats and downhill twists and turns with an equal degree of appreciation and skill.
Many modern road riders will really be looking for a bike like the Scott CR1 Pro which offers them comfort that does not necessarily reduce the performance aspect of the experience. A carbon frame that is lighter and stronger than ever is well matched with the components on offer for a high end cycle that helps to put the enjoyment into the experience of serious tours and competitions. Of course it is also suitable for more casual riders who are looking to step up to the next level of road bike.
Scott CR1 Pro Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott CR1 HMF NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra FD-6700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra FD-6700
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano Ultegra FC-6700 Hollowtech II 39/53T
- Cassette: Shimano Ultegra CS-6700 11-25T
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra ST-6700 Carbon
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra BR-6700 Super SLR Dual Pivot
- Wheels: Syncros RP1.5 18 (front) 24 (rear)
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Race FOLD 700 x 23