Scott Foil 40 review£2,199.00

Aero frame for all-round use

BikeRadar score4/5

Scott’s entry level Foil looks identical to its more expensive siblings, with internal cabling and carbon dropouts, but the frame has HMF carbon rather than the lighter, stiffer and more costly HMX used on the Foil 10 upwards. 

    The tube shaping is the same as on the bikes that Orica GreenEdge pro Matt Goss propels to sprint finishes and teammate Cameron Meyer uses to conquer the high mountains; intending it to be aero efficient, Scott haven’t made the Foil so extreme as to only suit big, strong rouleurs – it’s an all-rounder whose drag-cheating truncated foil design is a bonus.

    Our 56cm machine is relatively heavy, the little extra mass of the frame, groupset, wheels and finishing kit not being collectively kind on the scales. The Shimano R500 wheels aren’t the most sprightly and don’t do the Foil justice, though its efficiency and superior feel mean it gains and holds onto speed better than some with the same wheelset. The Continental tyres feel fairly light, too, and give fantastic cornering grip.

    Some find the Foil a hard ride, but while it is definitely firm it’s no worse than plenty of race bikes out there. It’s very composed over sustained rough sections, not skipping and rattling across them, and always maintains perfect steering control. 

    The triangular aero Ritchey Pro carbon seatpost is more forgiving than it looks, and the Syncros RP2.5 saddle is a good shape and very comfortable. Scott’s in-house brand Syncros also provide the aluminium bar and stem, which are well shaped, well finished and quite rigid enough. 

    Shimano 105 is fitted throughout and is functionally excellent. The compact chainset makes sense at this level – the 34x28 lowest gear should cope with anything – although it’s frustrating to see a BB30 shell adapted for a less stiff 24mm axle, increasing weight over a BB30 unit. 

    Scott foil 40:
    Scott foil 40:

    Scott Foil 40

    On the flat or downhill the Scott is quick, with great balance and poise making it fun through the twisty stuff, and the frame’s stiffness gives outstanding drive out of tight corners. It’s a keen climber too, but those wheels soon sap your strength and speed, confirmed by fitting a lighter wheelset. This unlocked the Scott’s true abilities, increasing performance by a considerable margin. 

    We enjoyed riding the Foil 40. It has very accessible performance, offering something for everyone on all types of terrain, from plains to bergs or mountains, with unflappable handling and a decent spec, but, as is so often the case, it needs some better hoops.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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