Scott $3,700 Foil 20

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Gear Review Aero Road Bikes -

Rider­slook­ing for all the wind- cheat­ing per­for­mance avail­able on Scott’s high- end aero road bikes, but are un­will­ing to part with the big dol­lars as­so­ci­ated with th­ese ma­chines, should check out the Foil 20. Built with an iden­ti­cal aero frame shape found on Scott’s higher- end frames, the Foil 20 uses hmf carbon rather than the more ex­pen­sive hmx carbon. This sim­ple ma­te­rial sub­sti­tu­tion al­lows Scott to cre­ate a sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able per­for­mance frame with only a slight com­pro­mise in weight and stiff­ness.

Scott in­cludes all the other high- end niceties such as light­weight carbon dropouts and aero in­ter­nal cable rout­ing fur­ther min­i­miz­ing the per­for­mance gap be­tween their frame­sets. Com­po­nent spec is a well thought- out mix of Shi­mano 105 in the driv­e­train and Shi­mano R501 wheels, while Scott and Ritchey sup­ply the parts for the cock­pit. On the road, the Foil 20 de­liv­ers re­spon­sive han­dling and plenty of stiff­ness for out- of- the- sad­dle hill climb­ing and sprint­ing. The aero- op­ti­mized frame fea­tures a se­ries of unique con­struc­tion de­tails in­clud­ing par­tial air­foil shaped frame tubes and an over­all in­te­gra­tion of the frame’s lead­ing edges – all of which min­i­mize wind re­sis­tance with­out com­pro­mis­ing han­dling. Rid­ers look­ing for an af­ford­able aero road bike that pro­vides solid per­for­mance over a va­ri­ety of rid­ing con­di­tions will be im­pressed.– TMC

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