Pro bike: Robbie McEwen’s Scott Foil

Aussie fast man retires Sunday

After 17 years of getting paid to race a bicycle, Robbie McEwen will bow out Sunday at the conclusions of the Amgen Tour of California. Here is a look at the set-up of his Scott Foil, which, like the man himself, is fairly straightforward.

Scott first showed prototypes of the Foil in 2010 with HTC-Columbia at the Tour de France. It was dubbed ‘FO1’ at the team. Scott continued to work with its sponsored athletes until 2011 to refine the design.

Today, there are seven Foil models, ranging from $1,400 to $10,000. All feature tubes with a distinctive truncated airfoil shape that Scott claims achieves the same aerodynamic benefit as a full airfoil shape. The top three models feature a higher grade carbon fiber.

McEwen races a stock frame, with a Shimano Di2 electronic drivetrain, an aluminum PRO cockpit, Shimano C35 wheels and Continental tubulars.

McEwen will remain with Orica-GreenEDGE going forward, only now as a sprint coach for the team.

Cyclingnews summed up his career well, noting that he “took his wins the hard way, as a scrappy, opportunistic sprinter who was as generous with his post-race analysis as he was with his elbows in the final 200 meters of a sprint.”

Complete bike specifications

  •     Frame: Scott Foil
  •     Stem: Shimano PRO Vibe 7s, 120mm -6°
  •     Handlebar: Shimano PRO Vibe 7s, 42cm (c-c)
  •     Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900   
  •     Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900  
  •     Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970
  •     Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-7970
  •     Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-7970
  •     Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970
  •     Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-28T
  •     Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
  •     Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace, 172.5mm, 53/39T (Dura-Ace with SRM on race bike)
  •     Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
  •     Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon Titanium (Shimano pedals are team spec)
  •     Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 tubular
  •     Front tire: Continental Competition tubular, 22mm
  •     Rear tire: Continental Competition tubular, 22mm
  •     Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro TR
  •     Seatpost: Scott Foil
  •     Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
  •     Computer: SRM
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

Related Articles

Back to top