Scott Foil 40 Review
The Scott Foil 40 is the most affordable of this aero road bike range, but this by no means indicates that it is particularly compromised in any one area. You still get a light frame that is aerodynamically compliant, a healthy selection of components to pull it all together and a premium build quality that will give you many miles of consistent performance whether you are racing, training or touring for pleasure.
You get a Scott Foil HMF NET frame with road race geometry, an integrated carbon bottom bracket and plenty of other carbon elements to make sure that it is light and stiff. The frame’s tubing has actually been arranged in response to the need for aerodynamic sleekness and although many of the most thoughtful elements of the bike’s design will be imperceptible on the surface, you will feel the difference when you take it out on the road, with higher speeds and faster times attainable.
The carbon frame with IMP technology is joined by a Scott Foil full carbon fork, with its own integrated carbon dropout for further weight reductions. Lateral rigidity results in responsive handling, so the Scott Foil 40 never feels like it is taking a little time to react to your inputs.
You get the full Shimano 105 groupset across the drivetrain and brakes. While this may not be the top of the class in terms of lightness, it still does a good job of helping with shifting consistency and allowing for long term durability that will enhance the value of the Scott Foil 40 in its basic form. It’s also one of the reasons that this Foil is under £2,000 (see below).
Perhaps most interesting is the option to integrate Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting system into the Scott Foil 40. This is a setup that intelligently handles gear changes at a speed that would not be possible using traditional mechanical alternatives. If you are insistent on getting the most out of your road bike and you want to blitz your personal bests and keep pace with the competition in races, then this is the kind of feature that you will be looking for from your next purchase. We’ve not ridden the Foil 40 yet so we can’t say how the Shimano 105 will handle the Di2 but Scott wouldn’t have done it unless they thought it could handle it.
Shimano hubs and rims are paired with Continental Ultra Race tyres, a model that is selected for some of the Scott Foil 40’s more expensive siblings. The wheelset is light enough to suit most riders looking to spend this kind of money, although you can always upgrade further down the line and still retain the eminently light carbon frame as part of the core package.
You get a Ritchey Foil Aero Pro carbon seatpost which is appropriately set up to give you a comfortable seated position and minimise road rumble. The Scott Road Pro SL saddle joins this, while you also get a Scott Road Pilot Pro OS handlebar and stem to round out the collection of components.
The bikes towards the top of the Scott Foil range have received very positive reviews from the critics (including ourselves), although you will also need quite a big budget and a professional degree of skill to actually make the most out of these models. The intent behind the Scott Foil 40 is to let you experience much of the same performance but at a price point that is not going to leave you scrabbling for the spare change down the back of the sofa.
If you want an aero road bike that has headroom for upgrades, a stiff carbon frame and the ability to actively enhance your racing capabilities, then the Scott Foil 40 is going to be an attention grabber. Its aerodynamic relationship with aircraft is something that sets it out from its peers.
Scott Foil 40 Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott Foil HFM NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 FD-5700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 silver
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: 53/39T
- Cassette: Shimano 105 CS-5700 12-30T
- Shifters: Shimano 105 Silver ST-5700 Dual Control
- Brakes: Shimano 105 BR-5700 Super SLR Dual pivot
- Wheels: Shimano WH R501 – 30, 20 Front / 24 Rear
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Race