For 2017, Team Orica undergoes a name change with the addition of co-sponsor and long time provider of bikes to the team, Scott. Orica-Scott was originally founded in January 2011 and made their race debut at the following year’s Tour Down Under. Since that time, riders such as Simon Gerrans and Mathew Hayman have brought much success to the team. For Simon Gerrans, four Tour Down Under titles and a win at Milan San-Remo. For Mathew Hayman, victory at arguably the toughest of the classics, the 2016 Paris Roubaix.

Scott Bicycles have equipped the team with road and time trial bikes since its inception. The Scott Foil pictured above is the brand’s latest take on the aerodynamic road bike, and this example belongs to one of the fastest men in the peloton, Caleb Ewan. Click on through to read more about Caleb Ewan’s Scott Foil.

Known as The Pocket Rocket, at 22 years of age, Caleb Ewan has a bright future ahead of him. This year alone, his notable victories include the Australian National Criterium Championships, the Tour Down Under points competition, Stages 1, 3, 4 and 6 and the People’s Choice Classic of the same race… and it is only January of 2017!

Scott’s Foil sports the company’s HMX mix of carbon fiber, and the frame has been completely redesigned to further lessen the drag, helping anyone on the bike to gain a few precious seconds.

For an aerodynamic road bike, the front of Caleb’s bike is a little busy; Shimano CB90 in-line aero brake adjuster, Di2 A-Junction box and the front cable are all routed in a relatively tight space.

Cable housings are cut to just the right length to lessen the effect of wind drag, but still allow Caleb to rotate his handlebars.

Syncros was acquired by Scott several years ago, and provide many of the cockpit parts that are standard equipment on Scott’s line of Foil bikes. Orica-Scott is no exception to this arrangement.

This is how you slam a stem; but keep a smidge of steerer tube just in case the handlebars need to be raised.

The Syncros RR1.5 handlebar is crafted from high grade aluminum with a reinforced clamping area to reduce stress points.

Next generation Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 should be delivered to most teams in February 2017. In the meantime, many teams are still using  Di2 9070 series systems on their team bikes. Caleb relies on Shimano’s venerable SW-610 sprint shifter for gear chances from the drop bars.

This SRM PC8 is so new, the plastic cover wrap is still in place.

The current generation of SRM power meters are designed around Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 series crankset.

SRM cadence sensor on the n0n-drive side chainstay.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed  9070 rear derailleur, soon to be replaced by the 9170 series.

Shimano’s 11-28 ratio cassette was undoubtedly the number one choice at the 2017 Tour Down Under.

The rider’s name is recorded beneath the downtube, which makes finding a rider’s spare bike a much easier proposition when it is lashed to the roof of a team car.

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals.

Shimano’s direct mount Dura-Ace brake provides the stopping power up front.

This photo better illustrates the direct-mount nature of the front brake. Scott’s HMX carbon fiber mix is present in the Foil’s 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ tapered all-carbon fork.

Hidden aero brakes were the rage among manufacturers not long ago, but the trend has been reversed to traditional brakes – with disc brakes coming in the future. Shimano’s direct mount rear brakes provide plenty of stopping power, but they are less than convenient to access.

Caleb’s Shimano C50 tubular wheelset is shod with the pro-only, Continental Competition ProLTD tubular tires. The consumer version has a butyl tube, while the pro version has a latex tube inside.

Discreet clamping mechanism for the Foil’s aero seatpost.

The aero carbon seatpost is Syncros’ Foil model.

The Syncros XR 1.0 saddle is available in narrow and wide widths – Caleb sits atop the narrow model.

Elite’s Cannibal bottle cage is a popular item among the World Tour teams.

Scott Sports

Article and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.


    • Being a one man show representing BR at this event and with limited time to photograph each bike, it is difficult to grab all of the details. Sorry! Perhaps you can fly out in the future and lend a hand? 🙂

      • I’d rather have you take the 30 seconds it takes to note sizes/final weight and do it right rather than rush through and maybe do one more bike.

          • Didn’t mean to offend you but you can look at any of these bikes on a website. The interesting part is that people like Cav run a crazy small frame, Wiggo runs track length cranks. Have you seen a GCN review? Short to the points and highlights the unique ness. Not saying this was a bad review, just lacking some of the fun numbers.

            • I’d love to provide those numbers, but it is difficult when you work solo – I haven’t seen much of GCN but many of the other media crews in attendance have two, three or more folks on their team – that makes a world of difference. No offense taken here, you need a thick skin writing these articles. Thanks for chiming in!

    • What’s up with that aggression Greg?
      I asked legit questions.
      The author answered and now i totally understand his limitation and it’s all good.
      Don’t just randomly bite people man.

  1. Did you have to fight the urge to not take the protective plastic cover off the SRM headunit? I know I would have had to. Biggest pet peeve. Its visual nails on a chalkboard to me.

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