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Aero Wars: Scott’s New Foil is Faster, Lighter, More Integrated and Compliant

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Just five days from now, the 2015 Tour de France will be getting underway with the Grand Départ from Utrecht, Netherlands. The start of the race not only means the grand tour is back, but also means we’ll be seeing a number of new bikes under various teams like the new Scott Foil. Judging by the amount of improved aero product popping up lately, it seems aerodynamics are still king, at least until the UCI lowers the minimum weight limit…

First introduced in 2010/11 with the F01 Aero concept, the newest Foil continues Scott’s aerodynamic works with improvements to the frame and a new aero cockpit from Syncros. All in, the new frame is lighter, more comfortable, more aerodynamic, and most importantly – faster…

 

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Designed not only to be aerodynamic but also as light weight as possible, the new Foil frame weighs in at a claimed 945g with a 335g fork (medium HMX painted frame with small parts). Claiming that it is one of the lightest aero bikes on the market (70g lighter than the previous Foil), the new Foil can still be built lighter than the UCI minimum requirements.

Starting with the previous Foil design, the new frame shape was developed with extensive CFD. After the results were verified by computer, rapid prototyping produced usable models for traditional wind tunnel testing where Scott confirmed that the front end of the bike contributes 32-54 percent of the drag based on the yaw angle. That led to a heavily optimized front end of the bike with a dropped downtube and seat stay junction worth an average 6W of drag reduction – claimed to be worth 27 seconds over a 40km tt at 45 kph.

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Also, in spite of being 13% at the bottom bracket, 13.15 % at the head tube, and 6% stiffer laterally at the fork, the new frame offers a whopping 89% more compliance out of the frame and 11% more compliance out of the fork.Stiffness was increased through the use of a wide bottom bracket connection, squared chainstays, wider head tube with 1.5 – 1.25″ steerer, and UHM carbon fibers.

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In order to offer so much more comfort the new frame includes seatstays that are lower and thinner as well as a reduced cross section at the seat tube and a flat top tube. Combined with directional layup of the carbon plies, the final product seems to be the best of both worlds with a more efficient and a smoother ride.

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Hand in hand with their finding that the front of the bike is the biggest culprit in drag numbers, the Foil makes use of the new Syncros RR1.0 Aero Cockpit. Combining the stem and the handlebar into one piece is hardly new, but the amount of integration built into the cockpit is where the Syncros unit shines. Starting with a shape based on F01 profiles for aerodynamics, the one piece cockpit has 9 different bar/stem combinations to fit a number of riders. The claimed weight of 395g for the 110mm/42cm bar includes the ability for full integration of Di2 junction boxes or mechanical cables, and two different mounting options for Garmins. The fact that there is a reducer shim available for 1 1/8″ steerers indicates that this will be available aftermarket as well.

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Built as a complete aero unit, the handlebar even includes its own aero spacer kit which includes 3 x 2mm, 1 x 5mm, 2x10mm, and 1x20mm spacer included with each bike. Anyone not thrilled on the one piece bar/stem design can still get all of the benefits of the aero stem with a stand alone unit available in 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, and 140mm lengths.

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Keeping with the aero theme, the aero seat post is held in place with an integrated clamp. Hiding an internal mount for the Di2 battery, the seat posts will be available in 5 or 20mm offsets with the former stock equipment on XXS-m bikes and the later found on L-XXL bikes. The integrated cable guide system provides clean, aero routing for mechanical or electronic options with a single port on the inside of the downtube.

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Making use of the Shimano direct mount rim brakes front and rear, the back brake is located under the chainstays to keep it out of the wind and to allow the seat stays to flex more for comfort. Along those same lines, Scott says the comfort concept has been designed with disc brakes in mind for the future hinting towards future developments. Other details include an integrated, removable chain guard above the PF bottom bracket, and clearance for 25-28mm tires.

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In the U.S., the Foil will be available in the Foil Premium HMX, Foil Team Issue HMX and Foil 10 HMF along with Foil Premium, Foil Team Issue and Foil 10 framesets. Worldwide there will also be Foil 20 HMF and Foil 30 HMF complete models. Pricing and availability is still TBD. For more on the Foil’s aerodynamics, check out the FOIL Tech and Facts sheet.

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Kman
Kman
9 years ago

Yawn. How about shortening the head tube so the rider can get aero?

rico
rico
9 years ago

I agree Kman, I can’t stand these tall stack bikes. gonna need -17 stem. Otherwise it’s not bad. Will be nicer looking and more aero with Sram wireless!

dG
dG
9 years ago

oh, this again. writer receiving the PR lines from the company and regurgitating it over to the potential customers who obviously won’t buy it. The bike sure is a nice exercise in trippy design and astronomical cost, which we hope trickles down to the folks who might actually use it in the near future. Ugly, costly, and mechanic-unfriendly (or “proprietary”). Pick three.

open source editor
open source editor
9 years ago

I know all the things about bikes so I should make an internet comment right?

Mike
Mike
9 years ago

The far too long headtube messed the whole look !
A pity, otherwise it would be a purchase.

John
John
9 years ago

Other sites are saying geometry is the same as the previous foil so the long head tube is due to the dropped down tube. Some are speculating a negative degree stem option. As a long distance soloist this is right up my alley. Light and compliant with a little aero to help out. Plus a 105 option will help keep the cost down.

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

Is this a TT bike, or a regular road bike. Looks for to complex and unfriendly to get fitted correctly to be a regular road bike.

Narrow Aero
Narrow Aero
9 years ago

Exposed cables are decidedly not Aero.

Marquis
Marquis
9 years ago

I was really getting interested in this until it came to the rear brake under the chain stays. That is a deal breaker for me.

DonJ
DonJ
9 years ago

That looks just like the new Venge. Especially the rear triangle

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
9 years ago

54…are you waiting for a bike company to say thier bike is 40% slower than the competition?

PROEDGEBIKER.COM
9 years ago

WANT!

keitH
keitH
9 years ago

Looks like the 2015 Look 795 to me… Not that that’s a bad thing. Love that bike.

Callum
Callum
9 years ago

#Bear Witness

queijinho
queijinho
9 years ago

#getinthedrops

drider
drider
9 years ago

#cheapfoilsbeingdumpedonebaysoon

G
G
9 years ago

That was the weirdest setting for a bike promo video I’ve seen.

Vast
Vast
9 years ago

Foilenge ? Are we all ready for a 5 years spree of aero ? Even the bar tape at some point will be aero..

Darryl
Darryl
9 years ago

Hmmmm, disc brake, 28mm tyre clearance, racy geometry, good aero.
Just right, now need to wait for these stupid under stay brakes to fade away.
For those criticizing the non adjustable bars, there is a separates option and unlike the new Venge you don’t have to cut the steerer short if you don’t want to as there are different top caps to aero blend the stem.

Now make room for a large disc brake on the non important aero rear so you can drag that for descending control and save the smaller aero front from overheating.

WV Cycling
9 years ago

This would have been interesting three years ago. Now…. Eh…

Fjork
Fjork
9 years ago

That video was a gigantic pile of marketing fluff. Half of the graphic representations of the data made no sense and didn’t relate to the information at all.

alvis
alvis
9 years ago

What is compliance in this context? how is it measured? where? what units? what are the limits for good? and bad? If it means that stuff bends then if the seat stays bend don’t the chain stays have to as well? doesn’t that mean the rear wheel can move? if its not symmetrically loaded (say by somebody pedalling loading one side then the other) so one stay is flexing more than the other at any one time then doesn’t the wheel rock as one side goes up then the other?
I’m often confused by Bicycle Science, or BS as I like to call it.

'Merika
'Merika
9 years ago

This bike looks like my mountain bike because it has wheels and cranks, just like mountain bike. It also looks like a 2012 BMW GS1200 motorcycle, as they both has handlebars.

People, bike design is 90% baked. There’s not much more you can do without looking dumb, like a Jones Bicycle. Some things will look the same. We know that. No need to brag about your bike knowledge by saying Bike X looks like a “1972 Nishiki 10-speed handbuilt by Yamashito Nakamura, who only made 12 of them.” Okay, you’re cool and know your bikes. Wow.

Callum
Callum
9 years ago

Well now that we can talk about it, how about that new madone? Talk about clean and compliance.

mtbr1995
mtbr1995
9 years ago

@Callum Trek really went all-in this time- I think I’m going to get the 9.2. I’d like to see a wind tunnel and real world comparison between the new Venge and Madone to decide the superbike of the year.

wheels
wheels
8 years ago

The headtube is longer, but fork is shorter so there is no need to worry.
Same stack as previous gen Foil.

Rubens
Rubens
6 years ago

Aonde consigo comprar um guidao desse comprei um quadro scoot gostaria desse guidao integrado

Ed
Ed
3 years ago

70% of drag comes from your body. Can you fit clip-on aero bars on? If not, it’s pointless.

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