Scott Foil 20 Review
The Scott Foil 20 is a road bike that aims to deliver superior aerodynamic performance and thus greater overall efficiency, allowing you to cover ground quicker and also keep riding for longer. It is part of a high end range but comes in towards the lower echelons of this category, which means that it is a more affordable option for people who want professional levels of quality without such a hefty price tag.
The Scott Foil 20 is endowed with an HMF NET carbon frame with IMP Aero Carbon technology, which means that the bike is light and strong, with geometry that makes it ready to race and an aerodynamic shape to the tubing which you will not find on other bike ranges.
The bike is kept taught and stiff for maximal power transfer thanks to a number of features, including the integrated bottom bracket so that efficient pedalling is the name of the game. You also get an integrated seatclamp to reduce the weight, while the sturdiness of the frame belies its carbon construction and does not compromise its lightness.
Scott has clearly expended a lot of manpower on the design of the frame, or more specifically on looking at the way in which the individual elements of the fuselage interact with one another while it is in motion. This means that tube orientation has been considered from an aerodynamic point of view. The oncoming current of air will flow neatly around each part of the bike, just like it does around an aeroplane’s wing, which is something that has been an inspiration for the Scott Foil 20 and this range as a whole. Of course you do not need to actually take off on your bike, just move effectively through the air.
The Shimano Ultegra groupset is present throughout the transmission, with the Scott Foil 20 benefitting from the special addition of Shimano Di2 electronic shifting components for a digitally precise and speedy gear change experience. The drivetrain is still light enough to justify this bike’s position amongst other road racers and the grey finish applied to many of the components gives it a premium look to match the price.
The wheelset is kept in check thanks to Shimano Ultegra brakes and you get Mavic Cosmic Elite rims, hubs and spokes. The tyres are Continental Ultra Race, which are a common sight on other Scott Foil models and its road bike range in general.
To continue the aerodynamic ethos across the bike, the Scott Foil 20 features a Ritchey Foil Aero Pro Carbon seatpost, which cuts smoothly through the air and helps the rider to avoid the encroaching cross winds that can hinder your progress. This is paired with a Scott Road Pro SL saddle for comfort and compliance that will encourage the rider to stay onboard for longer.
You get a Scott Road Pilot Pro OS handlebar at the front, putting you in touch with the impressive handling potential of the bike. Combined with the overall stiffness and speed, this works well to deliver a professional experience at a price point that will feel affordable when you look at the top bikes in this range.
The Scott Foil 20 is a good road bike to choose if you have already been an avid user of aero models in the past. Of course it is also a suitable stepping stone for those who are migrating from a less specialised model, since its price is not so steep as to exclude emerging riders. This range continues to push the boundaries of aerodynamics in the biking world and you can experience the ways in which this can pay off in everyday situations.
Scott Foil 20 Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott Foil HFM NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra FD-6700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra RD-6700
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano Ultegra 53/39 Compact: 50/34
- Cassette: 11-25T Compact: 11-28T
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra FD-6700 Carbon
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra BR-6700 SLR Dual Pivot
- Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Elite
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Race