Scott CR1 Team Review
The Scott CR1 Team is a road bike that targets the comfort seeking crowd with its vibration damping design and array of complimentary equipment. While it definitely makes long distance treks a more enjoyable experience, it is not without its performance-oriented elements, so expect a fast, responsive ride as well as one that is kind to your wrists and posterior.
The Scott CR1 HMF NET carbon frame is built using IMP technology which, to cut out all of the technical jargon, essentially means that it can be light and strong at the same time. The geometry is set up to give you a comfortable ride, which is all part of the shock damping system (SDS) that fights back against annoying, tiring vibrations that can build up and break the spirit of riders over time.
The S-bend construction of the tubing means that in addition to taking down road rumble, they can also deal with those short, sharp shocks that arise unexpectedly from potholes or other obstacles in the road ahead. In short, the frame of the Scott CR1 Team is aimed at alleviating the miniature annoyances of road riding effectively.
At the front you get an HMF carbon fork with an integrated carbon dropout, matching the frame in terms of durability and vertical compliance. The fork has actually been redesigned for 2012 and weighs in at a mere 330 grams, which is an improvement over its predecessors. Above this, the Scott Road Pilot Pro OS handlebar is proficient at taking the last little shake out of the road surface.
Shimano 105 components comprise the drive train of the Scott CR1 Team, helping to effectively deliver power to the wheels, while the Hollowtech II crankset with 20 speed and 30 speed options means that these components remain light and fit in with the featherweight carbon frame.
The wheelset consists of Mavic Aksium rims, hubs and spokes paired with Continental Ultra Race tyres. This is an appropriately light combination, suitable for fast rolling over mile after mile of road. Speed is managed via the Shimano 105 brakes at the front and rear and it is always good to see a consistency of components from the same groupset across a bike, as this suggests that they will work well in unison.
The Scott CR1 Team is topped off by its Ritchey Carbon Pro seat post and its Scott Road Pro SL seat, allowing you to perch comfortably on the bike and let it iron out unruly surfaces as best as it possibly can.
Of course comfort is not the only aspect that is afforded as a result of the frame’s setup; this also results in stability. Stability can be an important aspect, particularly if you are able to perform at the peak of your potential when you are feeling secure and confident in your bike, working with it rather than fighting against it.
In addition, the Scott’s suppleness is limited, which means that laterally it is rigid enough to help you pedal efficiently and keep up the level of power that you are exerting for suitable results. It is particularly good in climb situations, with the riding position encouraging you to stay in your seat and dig deep rather than stand and risk losing your moment, control of the bike or both.
While the CR1 may no longer be at the top of the pecking order in terms of professional levels of performance, it does still hold a lot of worth when you look at it as a good choice for an all round riding experience that you will want to come back to again and again. Whether you are competing or simply looking for a bike to keep you fit, the Scott CR1 Team is part of a particularly appealing range.
Scott CR1 Team Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott CR1 HMF NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano 105 53/39T
- Cassette: Shimano 105 CS-5700 11-25T
- Shifters: Shimano 105
- Brakes: Shimano 105
- Wheels: Mavic Aksium black, 18 front/ 10 rear
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Race fold, 700 x 23