When you take something that’s already great and try to make it better, there’s always a risk. And with that comes pressure, because a bike launch from a big company comes with a certain level of expectation, especially when that bike’s predecessor had won Classics and Grand Tour stages and more.
But even with that level of expectation, jaws dropped when Scott unveiled the latest incarnation of the Foil. It’s no exaggeration to say the bike looks fast even when standing still, and if you won points for style then there are few machines out there that would be able to hold the Foil’s wheel.
Looks aren’t everything, though, and if the bike doesn’t perform better on the road than one that racked up 115 World Tour wins over the course of its lifetime, even the most ardent fan won’t be convinced.
If you won points for style then there are few machines out there that would be able to hold the Foil’s wheel.
So what are Scott saying about the new bike? Well for starters it’s faster in the wind tunnel than its predecessor. In testing, the new Foil saved six watts over the old bike which equates to 27secs over a 40km course.
The reason the bike has managed to decrease drag like that is obvious just from looking at it – the design is much slicker and the tube shapes have changed. Scott use what they call F01 technology, an airfoil that consists of three sections that can be modified according to the airflow conditions.