Scott Foil Team Issue Review
The Scott Foil Team Issue, so called because it presumably allows you to foil the attempts of other road racers to exceed your performance in competitive circumstances, is one of the lightest, stiffest and fastest bikes on the tarmac. This means that it does not come cheap, but if you have the budget and the skill to take advantage of it, then the rest of the experience will follow suit.
You get the Scott Foil HMX NET frame with IMP Aero Carbon technology, which basically means that a team of designers have worked hard to ensure that the aerodynamic properties of the bike are second to none. Tubing that has echoes of an aircraft wing, albeit without the tapered effect, is blended with elements that make the whole bike superior in terms of stiffness, like the integrated carbon bottom bracket. As a result, you can enjoy fast acceleration matched with speed that is easy to sustain because you are presenting less of an obstacle for the onrushing air and are not becoming as fatigued in the process.
The full carbon fork with integrated carbon dropout follows this basic blueprint as laid out by the frame. But there is still enough vertical compliance present to keep the road from rumbling you into submission well before the end is in sight.
The drive train of the Scott Foil Team issue is rather special as it features SRAM Red carbon and titanium derailleur kit, as well as carbon shifters and a carbon crankset, ensuring that there is actually very little metal utilised. The transmission is also compatible with Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting technology, which is certainly something that will give competitive racers an extra degree of speed and accuracy when changing gears and could be the difference between victory or defeat.
The SRAM Red is clearly excellent kit. It is therefore of note that Scott have moved to the Shimano Dura-Ace for their 2013 bike.
Zipp 404 spokes, rims and hubs help to add to the aerodynamic properties of the Scott Foil Team Issue. Meanwhile, the Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres are an appropriate addition, their almost slick surface giving you excellent grip and speed in dry conditions while still allowing for enough flexibility to let you operate efficiently in the wet.
A Fizik Arione CX saddle keeps you comfortable and in the best possible position for power transfer and progress. This is set atop a Ritchey Foil Aero WCS Carbon seat post that can be adjusted to suit your needs. The Ritchey WCS Logic Curve carbon handlebar is just as well matched to the overall arrangement of the bike and whether the resistance is coming from the front, or stability is being threatened by blasts of air from the side, the Scott Foil Team Issue is going to be one of the best prepared bikes on the road.
This is a bike that is aimed at professional and enthusiast riders, which means it has performance and a price to match. For your money you get a bike that manages to avoid having to sacrifice stiffness for weight, weight for stiffness or any combination of other factors that might otherwise be found to compromise its appeal.
Interestingly, Scott has been able to maintain the responsiveness of the handling and the rigidity that results in good power output that you might expect from other road bikes which are less concerned with aerodynamic elements than the Foil Team Issue. Of course, actually appreciating the benefits of the aero features is tough without being able to make a direct comparison with other bikes, so you will have to simply take Scott’s promises at face value and see how many seconds you can shave off your best times in order to get an idea of why this type of work has been worthwhile.
Scott Foil Team Issue Specifications
- Front Fork: Scott Foil HXM NET
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Titanium
- Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red Carbon
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: SRAM Red Carbon 53/39T
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Aces CS-7900 11-25T
- Shifters: SRAM Red Carbon Double Tap 10 Speed
- Brakes: SRAM Red
- Wheels: Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher, 16 Front/ 20 Rear
- Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000, 700 x 22