Scott Foil 20 Disc review

Is Scott’s softer, fatter Foil still fast?

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £3,299.00 RRP | AUD $4,800.00 | USD $3,599.00

Our review

Flat-out fast aero advantages with calm all-conditions confidence and all-day comfort
Buy if, You want boosted all-day aero speed and serious power punch in a confidently calm package
Pros: Surefootedly connected and precise ride with serious power transfer and practical aero gains
Cons: Not the snappiest and liveliest character, but plays the long game superbly
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Scott was one of the first to adopt large volume, hacked tail aero tubes, and the FO1 principle that gives the Foil its name is still in evidence here.

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The designers have gone deep with aero and disc integration, starting with the thru-axle fork tips, which include a short tail tab on the driveside but a bigger fin sitting mostly below the caliper on the brake side.

The head tube has cutouts top and bottom to sync with the extended tail stem and fork crown. There’s enough room for oversized 1.25in top and 1.5in bottom fork bearings, which helps increase front end stiffness by 13 percent compared to the previous Foil.

The carbon aero seatpost matches the F01 tube shapes, and the minimalist saddle is a lot more comfortable than it looks

The flat-backed boat-shaped down tube takes the concept of chopped teardrop aerodynamics to the extreme. The chainstays that extend from the bottom bracket box are equally huge, making what’s still a large asymmetric seat tube look relatively small. It does shrink down to more conventional dimensions above the fastback seat tubes, which meet the stays at the back instead of the side of the tube, and the D-shaped seatpost is relatively demure. Seatstays are comparatively skinny, with a very narrow stance that only just clears the tyres.

Downsizing diameters and changes in the composite layup mean Scott claims a vast 86 percent increase in vertical compliance, essentially comfort. Both wheels use 12mm thru-axles with removable levers and shaped internal dropout shoulders for easy wheel installation. There’s even an optional direct-mount Shimano rear derailleur mount for faster wheel removal.

Scott sub-brand Syncros provides the compact bar and stem
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Scott Foil 20 Disc kit

The Foil 20 is Ultegra-equipped and gets a full set of Shimano’s latest disc groupset including the chain, wider-range-than-average 11-30 cassette and radical RT800 rotors designed to improve cooling and prevent ‘chop’ injuries in crashes.

Otherwise kit is all from Scott sub-brand, Syncros. That includes an aero profiled, extended stem that’s oversized to match the fork top and syncs with the top tube cutout.

The carbon aero seatpost matches the F01 tube shapes, and the minimalist saddle is a lot more comfortable than it looks. The DT-based, shallow aero Syncros wheels complete a very coherent package that connects to the ground with high-volume Continental tyres that are listed as 28mm but actually measure over 30mm, even at 80psi.

The combination of fat tyres and frame sucks up road buzz in a distinctively damped way
Robert Smith

Scott Foil 20 Disc ride impressions

While fatter tyres potentially add aero drag, they’re a shrewd move for a bike that’s previously had a reputation for a punishing, take no prisoners ride. Add the increase in compliance and the Foil feels more welcoming and smooth than it ever has before.

It’s still no softie and you’ll want to avoid big lumps, but the combination of fat tyres and frame sucks up road buzz in a distinctively damped way.

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The F01 aerodynamics are assured and predictable at all speeds and wind angles. The whole bike delivers a calmness that could be mistaken for being slow, until the road or pace rises and you put the power down. At that point the bike wakes up and those big tubes conduct every watt from the bar through the bottom bracket and down the chainstays to the back wheel, and you’re travelling through the landscape a lot quicker.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Foil 20 Disc
Brand Scott

Available Sizes 47cm 49cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm
Seat Tube (cm) 48
Shifters Shimano Ultegra R8020 hydraulic
Stem Syncros Foil
Trail 6.6
Weight (kg) 8.37
Wheelset Syncros RR2.0 Disc
Chainstays (cm) 41
Top Tube (cm) 55
Seat Angle 73.5
Wheelbase (cm) 98.5
Frame size tested 54cm
Head Tube (cm) 15
Stack (cm) 54.75
Reach (cm) 38.89
All measurements for frame size tested 54cm
Seatpost Syncros Foil aero carbon
Saddle Syncros RR2.0
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB72
Frame Material Foil Disc HMF/IMP F01 Aero carbon
Brakes Shimano BR8070, RT800 Centerlock 160mm rotors
Cassette Shimano Ultegra R8000 11-30
Chain Shimano HG701
Cranks Shimano Ultegra R8000 52/36
Fork Foil Disc HMF carbon 1.125-1.25in tapered
Fork Offset 4
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear Wheel Weight 1750
Front Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race, 28mm
Front Wheel Weight 1370
Handlebar Syncros Creston 1.5 compact
Head Angle 72.5
Headset Type Syncros
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race, 28mm
Bottom-bracket drop (cm) 6.6