There are no two ways about it: the new Foil is the shining star of Scott’s range and a bike which debuted at the Tour de France.
With a totally redesigned frameset that looks as mean as it does aero, and strategic use of ‘F01’ partial airfoil shaped tubes, it’s easy to believe the claims that this bike will save you six watts over the previous model, which equates to 27 seconds over a 40km time trial at 45kph in real world terms.
One of the main reasons for this saving is the striking new cockpit which features a Syncros integrated bar and stem in a similar design to the Canyon Aeroad. As well as coming with matching aero-shaped spacers, the handlebar features an integrated space for the Di2 junction box. The bar pairs with a redesigned longer headtube which moves the junction with the downtube closer to the front wheel and that, coupled with the improved headtube/fork integration, claims to smooth out airflow over the front section of the bike.
Further back, the Foil features a wider PF86 bottom bracket and larger chainstays, although the back end has been designed with comfort in mind (as in en vogue with bikes at the moment). Scott describe the rear triangle as the ‘Comfort Zone’ – not to be confused with the significantly less comfortable Twilight Zone – and the low point of attachment between the seatstays and seattube allows for increased flex in the tubing, leading to a claimed 86 percent increase in vertical compliance over the old design, which did, in fairness, have a fairly firm ride.
Top of the range sits the Foil Premium (pictured below), which is basically as close as you can get to owning the bike that Orica GreenEDGE or IAM Cycling ride, without pinching one. But it’ll cost you a pro-level price, as well, coming in at £8,999. It combines a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with a set of Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clinchers, and the whole package weighs in at a claimed 6.82kg for a 56cm frame.
Sitting a rung below is the Foil Team Issue (pictured at the top of the page, £5,999). This is the exact same frame and fork (colour scheme notwithstanding) but swaps out the 404s for some Zipp 60 clinchers with an aluminium braking surface and trades the electronic Dura-Ace for it’s mechanical sibling. The weight penalty over the premium edition is a mere 140g, with the Team Issue bike still within touching distance of the UCI weight limit at 6.96kg.