The Foil happily flings itself around corners more like a racer than an aero bike
bikes exhibit due to nattily engineered flaps, internal cable routing and cavernous, echoing tubes.
The key thing, however, is the comfort factor. Comfort stems from compliance, compliance equals smoothness, and smoothness means good surface tracking and grip. Here, Scott has got it spot on. The Foil feels taut and stiff without feeling overbuilt or awkward. It happily flings itself around corners and down twisting descents, again more like an all-round racer than a highly strung aero bike, and it provides a steadfast pedalling platform with serious punch tempered by decent feedback.
The Foil isn’t without its niggles, however – one of which is that under-stay rear brake. Unlike some bikes with brakes in this position, I didn’t detect rear brake rub under big efforts, but the lever feel was spongy compared to the excellent direct-mount front brake. No amount of fettling could change this, and adjustments were awkward to carry out. The big problem is lack of leverage. The crank needs to clear the calliper, meaning the
Integrated bar and stem combos are all the rage these days on aero bikes, and with good reason – the front end accounts for around 40% of a (riderless) bike’s overall drag, so shaping the bars and stem to slice wind is an easy win for engineers. Here, that ensemble is T-shaped, and while stack height can be adjusted, bar angle cannot – a common drawback with such set-ups. Scott offers a variety of size and angle combinations that can be swapped at source, however if you deviate from the stock steerer length and spacer arrangement, it takes some careful measuring and sawing or a visit to a Scott dealer to get the headset correctly preloaded and the top cap flush. As it was, Cyclist found the bars comfortable enough for desired hand positions, although we would have liked to have slammed that stem (not an option for a test bike).
REAR END Scott has repositioned the rear brake under the chainstays, allowing it to lose the brake bridge and lower the height at which the seatstays and seat tube intersect. Scott reckons this helps make the Foil 86% more compliant than before. Good news for derrières.