Scott Foil Premium 2012 Review
The Scott Foil Premium certainly lives up to its name when you consider the extensive, expensive list of specs and components which come with it. It is a road racing bike, which aims to offer a lighter, tighter experience than its rivals, while also taking into account aerodynamics on a miniscule scale.
The Scott Foil HMX NET frame gives this bike a look that is visually striking and yet also designed to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. It integrated F01 technology for this purposes, with IMP material meaning that the frame is as low weight as possible, while also being laterally stiff and enduringly strong. Scott has considered how each tube of the frame interacts with the other, orienting them so that the air flows smoothly when you are getting up to speed and creating as little disturbance as possible.
Stiffness is pushed up to the next level thanks to the integrated oversize carbon bottom bracket and the integrated seat clamp. These features have the added benefit of reducing the weight further, so they are multipurpose adjustments. The fork is also made using the same carbon technology, with an integrated dropout.
The Shimano Dura-Ace RD-7970 groupset is found onboard the Scott Foil Premium, but in this instance you get the Shimano Di2 electronic shift system. This means that when you change gear, the process of shifting up or down is handled automatically and almost instantly, blending the raw mechanics of the drive train with modern, digital technology for accuracy and consistency.
Dura-Ace brakes are also part of the package, giving you control over the Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher rims and Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres. This setup makes the Scott Foil Premium look every inch the aero road racing bike, giving you the edge in time trials, thanks to its design and also indicating that you mean business, just from its aesthetic presence.
The handlebar is a Richey WCS Logic Curve fashioned from carbon, with a Ritche WCD 4 Axis Matrix Carbon stem also found on the bike. The Fizik Arione CX saddle is light and low profile, offering just enough comfort while keeping you in the right position, thanks to the Ritchey Foil Aero WCS Carbon seat post.
The Scott Foil Premium is a preferable choice to its cheaper siblings if you are a rider looking for a professional level of performance, without worrying too much about the kind of price you will be paying for it.
The handling feels engaging and effective and although this kind of performance-oriented bike is not going to be the most comfortable in the world, the carbon frame does have enough vertical compliance to help tone down the road buzz enough to let you concentrate on racing. One thing which makes this model recommendable over some of the other professional grade road racing bikes, is that it actually feels quite stable and secure at both low and high speeds.
The Scott Foil Premium comes from a category of bikes which, by nature, usually requires the rider to make some form of compromise, whether it be in terms of stiffness and speed or overall comfort. Thankfully, if any compromises have been made with this cycle, they are not glaringly obvious. Scott has continued to shave weight from this range year after year, so long distance slogs can be sustained more easily. Meanwhile, the aerodynamic elements may be tough to measure scientifically by individual riders, but getting up to speed and, more importantly, sustaining it, will definitely feel like less of a battle than you might have otherwise expected.
Scott Foil Premium 2013 Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott FOIL HMX NET, 1 1/8 ” – 1 1/4″ Carbon steerer, Integrated Carbon Dropout
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070, Electronic Shift System
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070, 22 Speed Electronic
- Gears: 22
- Chainring: 50/34T
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-28T, 11 Speed
- Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070, 22 Speed Electronic Shift
- Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, Super SLR Dual pivot
- Wheels: Syncros RR 1.0 carbon clincher, 16 Front / 20 Rear
- Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000 700 x 23