Scott Foil 15 Review
The Scott Foil 15 is a sleek, swift road racing bike which manages to introduce plenty of pro-grade elements while keeping a realistic grasp on a price that will broaden its appeal. You still get a machine that can cut down on the effort you need to expend to get up to speed and keep going all day long, so there are very few compromises to make if you pick this model.
The Scott Foil 15 has a full HMF NET carbon frame with F01 technology and an IMP weave. Consequently, the tubing is not only very light, but also has been shaped in order to reduce drag and improve the way that air flows across the bike, with each tube aligned in order to maximise its aerodynamic potential as part of the bike as a whole. They have not been thought about as individual elements, so you get a good deal of cohesion throughout the bike. This flows into the integrated bottom bracket, which means that there is ample stiffness to compliment the lightness while still giving you the vertical compliance that will allow you to avoid fatigue and keep road buzz at bay.
It is difficult to describe the ways in which an aerodynamically sensitive bike can actually improve your performance on the road without actually experiencing them as an individual. But while the immediate difference may not be noticeable, when you monitor maximum and average speed or times, you will find that the apparently small features will make the biggest marks.
There is a full carbon fork at the front of the bike and you get the entirety of the Shimano Ultegra groupset to make up the drivetrain of the Scott Foil 15. This is well suited to the Di2 compatibility which allows for digitally controlled electronic gear chances to occur. This is one feature which that hints at the high end aspirations of this model and will mark it out from some other road racing bikes from further down the food chain.
Conforming to this key principal of the Scott Foil 15 are the Mavic Costmic Elite rims and the Continental Ultra Race tyres – 700 x 23 (front), 700 x 24 (rear) – which give it a slick and swift grounding that will help you maintain that speed you can reach as a result of its aerodynamic qualities. Shimano Ultegra BR-6700 grey brakes keep things nicely under control without being too heavy or unwieldy.
You get various other Scott components across the bike, including the Road Pro saddle and the Road Pilo Pro OS handlebar. Weight saving continues with the Ritchey Foil Aero Pro Carbon, which has clearly been designed specifically for this range of aerodynamic road bikes.
The Scott Foil 15 is part of a range that has received consistently high praise from a number of professional outlets, but it manages to avoid the cost-related problems associated with the higher end models such as the Team Issue or Premium, while preserving the essential elements that make this aero bike family so easy to recommend.
It is difficult to describe it as cheap in real terms, but relative to its siblings and when you consider it from the point of view of the features and performance that it offers, this word might trip more easily off the tongue. Those who are seeking a full carbon aero road bike for time trials and racing will easily enjoy all that the Scott Foil 15 has to offer. It will be particularly suitable for those who have prior experience of this type of bike, although the learning curve is not steep enough to exclude first time users.
Scott Foil 15 Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott Foil HFM NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra RD-6770
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra RD-6770
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: 50/30T
- Cassette: 12-27T
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra FD-6770 Carbon
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra BR-6700
- Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Elite
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Race fold, 700 x 23 (front), 700 x 24 (rear)