The Scott Foil 10 is a high grade road racing bike which offers professional levels of performance and the kind of aerodynamic frame design that will allow serious riders to make headway in competitive situations. It is combined with a variety of cutting edge components to give it a lightness and power that are tough to replicate and it could be a great time trial bike if it finds its match in the right rider.
The frame is the Scott Foil HMX NET IMP Aero Carbon with road race geometry and lots of useful features that are aimed at reducing drag and eliminating the issues usually associated with side winds. F01 Aero Technology utilises the kind of tube shapes that are derived from airplane designs, albeit modified in order to be more appropriate at the lower speeds achieved on a bike like the Scott Foil 10.
Since the frame is designed for forward motion, each tube has been shaped according to its position on the bike from front to back so that air flows smoothly and does not get into the gaps so as to increase resistant and have a negative impact upon performance. Meanwhile the IMP carbon construction of the frame is lighter than ever, with enough strength to make sure that the bike is not going to fall to pieces after just a few gruelling slogs out on the tarmac. The fork is fashioned in a similar way and many of the other components integrate carbon elements to stick to the Scott Foil 10’s clear design line.
Weight is saved thanks to a number of integrated components, such as the seat clamp and the oversize bottom bracket. The additional benefit of this kind of system integration is that you actually experience improved frame stiffness so as to make sure that the bike is as taught and eager as possible.
The drive train of the bike is made up of components from the Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, which is effective and light in its own right. However, this model benefits from Shimano’s own Di2 electronic shifting system, which speeds up gear changes and makes them far smoother than the traditional mechanical method. This means that missing a shift is no longer an issue and fast reactions can be put to good use during a race.
The brakes are also from the Shimano Dura-Ace category, controlling a set of Mavic Cosmic Carbon SL rims wrapped in Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres. The wheelset fits in with the aerodynamic nature of the rest of the bike, with carbon spokes helping to lower the weight and keep the profile of the whole setup as slender as possible.
The Ritchey Foil Aero WCS carbon seat post gets the Fizik Arione CX saddle and there is also the carbon WCS Logic Curve handlebar at the front for control and handling that feels smooth and responsive in all the right places.
The Scott Foil 10 addresses some of the complaints that have been levelled at its stable mates, matching a light carbon frame with a wheelset which is more than capable of performing admirably in road race scenarios. While it is not going to be up there with specialist triathlon bikes in many respects, it is certainly a compelling setup for anyone who wants a road racer which is far more involved with aerodynamic concerns than some of the other bikes in this category. On short courses its speed and acceleration will play in favour of the rider, while over longer distances the light weight and low impact of wind resistance will allow riders to expend all of their energies efficiently.