Scott CR1 Comp Review

The Scott CR1 comp is a road racing bike that attempts to pitch itself somewhere between offering all out performance and long distance comfort. It is the most affordable bike in this range and represents this through its selection of components. However, you still get the key features that make it a very easy bike to enjoy while racing, touring or simply travelling from one place to another.

The heart of the Scott CR1 Comp is the full carbon frame that utilises specially engineered IMP material for low weight and superior strength. The frame is stiff where required, allowing you to put down power and keep up a cruise without feeling like you are having to fight to sustain it. It is also vertically compliant thanks to a number of comfort-oriented systems, from SDS to the S-bend construction. Consequently, road rumble, persistent vibrations and the occasional impacts caused by uneven surfaces at the upper end of the scale of severity will all be less of a bother.

While there are more affordable road bikes out there, those who have some serious riding to do will doubtless be happy to spend that bit more and get a bike that is going to keep them happy in the saddle as the miles fly by.

The carbon fork of the Scott CR1 Comp is similarly equipped with vibration-damping technology, while the integrated carbon dropout allows for weight to be shaved off the bike as a whole. The integrated bottom bracket allows for greater stiffness and lightness and there are a number of other carbon elements, including on the Scott seatpost, which does feature some alloy to help keep this model as a more affordable option.

The Shimano Tiagra drivetrain components are well specified for this model, helping to make the Scott CR1 Comp the more budget oriented choice in this range. The transmission is still able to shift effectively and make quick changes when they are required. The brakes also come from this particular groupset, with Super SLR dual pivot technology allowing the rider to handle the bike effectively whatever the weather.

Scott Pro 20 H hubs are matched with Alex Race 28 Aero Profile rims and Continental Race tyres. This wheelset is as light as you would want from a road racer while still having the long life durability that helps to establish a bike’s value for money over the course of its usage. Control of the bike’s direction is provided by the Scott Road Pilot Pro OS handlebar, allowing for minor adjustments to be made while you are rolling at speed and still giving you the management that makes low velocity moments feel responsive.

The Scott CR1 Comp is definitely a road bike to select if you are getting sick of having to deal with persistent input from the surface below you, which on other cycles might hamper your ability to keep going for as long or over as great as distance as you would otherwise prefer.

It is possible to talk up its comfort elements and perhaps neglect to point out that it is actually a decent performer in other areas. The frame, although carbon in construction, is not so light and flexible as to make the bike feel too compliant. You can transfer power efficiently and keep seeing the efforts you put into pedalling rewarded with higher speeds and more competitive times. It is a bike that will appeal to both the all day tourer and the competitive racer, which is a combination that is not as common to find on the market as you might think.

Scott CR1 Comp Specifications

  • Front Fork: Scott CR1 HMF NET
  • Rear Shock: N/A
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD-4600
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra RD-4600
  • Gears: 20
  • Chainring: Shimano Tiagra 50/34T
  • Cassette: Shimano Tiagra CS-4600 11-30T
  • Shifters: Shimano Tiagra ST-4600 Dual Control
  • Brakes: Shimano Tiagra Super SLR Dual Pivot
  • Wheels: Alex Race 28 Aero Profile, 20 front/ 24 rear
  • Tyres: Continental Ultra Race FOLD 700 x 23