All-new Scott Foil RC gets significantly faster, lighter & stealthier

Thanks to updated UCI regulations in 2021, bikes are now able to have deeper aero profiles and new shapes. And the 2023 Scott Foil RC takes full advantage of that to improve aerodynamics a lot, while claiming to get both lighter and more comfortable, too.

And it puts all three things – aero, lightweight, comfort – into a package that looks like a stealth fighter jet, even if you opt for one of the various paint schemes over the matte black Ultimate edition.

Scott Foil RC aero road bike

2023 scott foil rc road bike

All photos c. Scott Sports / Rupert Fowler

Specifically, Scott says the new Foil RC is:

  • 20% faster
  • 9% lighter
  • 10% more comfortable

…compared to the prior version, which launched way back in 2015, added disc brakes in 2018, and updated to internal cable routing in 2020. Which is to say, they milked everything they could from that frame design.

2023 scott foil rc road bike

The 2023 Scott Foil gets sharper lines, deeper tube profiles, and a severely tucked rear wheel to minimize drag. Bike, components, and rider were viewed as a system, so the design takes all of the parts into consideration to deliver “real life aero gains.” And, it’s optimized for the solo rider, breaking away on their own for a stage (or county line) win.

The bike uses their F01 airfoil shaping and minimized junction interruptions to deliver a claimed 1m18s savings over 40km at 40km/h (25mph).

2023 scott foil rc closeup details

An oversized headtube acts as a fairing to break the air smoothly around the frame and hides all cables, wires, and hoses inside.

2023 scott foil rc front view

Underneath, the fork gets deeper leg cross sections and a higher crown, further reducing drag.

2023 scott foil rc road bike closeup frame details

Out back, dropped seatstays are angled 10º inward, which (counterintuitively) aims the air at the moving spokes, which they say actually reduces drag significantly. It also provides a tidy nook for the rear brake caliper, which also provided small gains but also looks better.

2023 scott foil rc road bike being ridden

Another unique feature is a mixed tire size. The bikes come built with 25mm tires in the front, and 28mm tires in the rear, and that’s because they found that more space between the fork, frame, and tires/wheels improved aerodynamics. The bike will fit up to 700x30mm tires if you want to go bigger.

2023 scott foil rc road bike being ridden

New frame designs mean new layups, and Scott minimized the number of carbon pieces and optimized the layup to reduce overall material usage despite the larger cross sections. They say there are 30% fewer joints than on the prior model, which typically means much less overlap and extra material.

2023 scott foil rc closeup details

The bikes are built with sister brand Syncros parts, which are known for being very light. The Creston SL Aero handlebar/stem combo not only saves weight, it hides everything inside it, feeding directly into the oversize head tube. And it has a broad top surface to rest your hands that keeps its platform well into the corners, with engineered compliance to reduce vibrations and small bumps.

2023 scott foil rc road bike closeup seatpost details

One of the coolest features is the new Duncan SL Aero CFT seatpost. The front is a thin carbon beam, effectively a leaf spring that adds compliance. The recess holds a rechargeable tail light, adding safety.

2023 scott foil rc road bike closeup seatpost details

The post and light will be available aftermarket also, however all four stock bikes come equipped with it only, they say with varying laws around the world regarding tail lights’ output and blinking patterns (or not), it was best to offer it as an option. Presumably a cover plate will take its place on the showroom floor.

2023 Scott Foil RC models & geometry

2023 scott foil rc road bike various paint colors

The Scott Foil RC Ultimate is the top of the line, with SRAM RED eTap AXS 2×12, Zipp 454 NSW wheels with Schwalbe Pro ONE Microskin tires. Pricing is TBA.

2023 scott foil rc road bike various paint colors

The Foil RC Pro gets Shimano Dura-Ace R9200, with the R9270-C50 wheels, wrapped in Vittoria CORSA Cotton Tubeless tires. Here, you get a 700×26 front tire with 700×28 in the rear.

2023 scott foil rc road bike various paint colors

The Foil RC 10 gets Ultegra R8100, with Syncros Capital 1.0 50 Disc wheels and Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard tires.

2023 scott foil rc road bike various paint colors

The Foil RC 20 uses SRAM Rival AXS, and the same wheels and tires as the RC 10. Below this is a Foil RC 30 that’s coming later this year with a maroon colorway.

2023 scott foil rc geometry chart

All models are available in seven sizes – 47/49/52/54/56/58/61. The bikes are not available for order online, so check with your local Scott Sports dealer to get one.

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sunny
sunny
1 month ago

Seems like forks/head tube angles are getting slacker and stems are getting shorter.. gone are the days of straight forks and 130 stems.

Antoine
Antoine
1 month ago
Reply to  sunny

good. No one needs to die at the first emergency braking for “quicker steering” ***.

Hexsense
Hexsense
1 month ago
Reply to  sunny

Absent from geometry chart is the fork offset. It’d be good if XXS and XS gets longer fork offset than S, M, L, XL.

CDub
CDub
1 month ago
Reply to  sunny

The head angles look very similar to bikes from the past decade or two. Same kind of spread as a 2004 Colnago C40 HP. Head angle is only half of the equation though as you really need to know rake as well to compare better.

Also, the Scott probably looks slacker because the thru-axle sits at the very rear of the fork which plays a bit of an optical trick on you.

Matthew Lindsey
Matthew Lindsey
1 month ago

When I see a bike like this I wonder why the manufacturer didn’t just go one small step further and put in mounts for fenders. It just seems like they are turning their backs on a potential market segment. It wouldn’t be much trouble, they wouldn’t need to change the basic bike they made at all, just have some way to add fenders. I’m not trying to single out this bike or this manufacturer, I see it from most manufacturers.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Looks a lot like the Cervelo S5.

JTC
JTC
1 month ago

Nice but Try getting one in the USA – likely 2+ years wait … if at all.

James
James
1 month ago

Nice, but not a fan of the tail light. I rather have the entire seat post holding my weight. It seems a little thing of a seat post.