While the lead-in to the Tour de France is a little later in 2020, that doesn't mean there isn't a flurry of new tech releases to be spied in the lead-up to the world's biggest annual sporting event. In conjunction with WorldTour squad Mitchelton-SCOTT, Swiss-based outfit Scott bikes have revealed the latest iteration of its aero race machine, the Foil. With a host of refinements made across the board to an already proven race winner, join us as we take you through all you need to know about the 2021 Scott Foil.
At a Glance
Category: Aero Road Bike
Groupset/Braking: Electronic & Mechanical groupsets, Disc brakes only
While its a case of mild tweaks rather than a ground-up redesign, the 2021 Scott Foil looks to build on the success of its predecessors. After all, since its inception 10-years ago, the Foil has quite the Palmares, including being piloted to 182 WorldTour race wins, 33 grand tour stage wins, four monuments and one world title.
For the coming year and beyond, the 2021 Foil gets a sleek new aesthetic with fully integrated cabling. This integrated cabling system is thanks to the iC SL integrated handlebar system borrowed from the recently overhauled Scott Addict RC. At the same time, the fork has been redesigned to suit the new cabling system. The new fork, in conjunction with the integrated cockpit, means that both electronic and mechanical shift cables along with brake hoses are routed into the bike through the headtube and inside the front fork, which makes for an ultra-clean set-up out front.
It's worth noting that despite the tweaks to the integrated handlebar and the fork, the frame of the 2021 Foil is more or less identical to the outgoing 2020 model. Much like the outgoing model, two different carbon lay-up options are set to be available, with the flagship Foil Pro scoring Scott's HMX blend of carbon fiber, while the rest of the product line-up makes use of the second-tier HMF carbon blend. Staying on the frame these, for 2021 Scott looks to have doubled-down on the iridescent paint schemes for the new Foil, which we're certainly fans of here at BikeExchange HQ.
Another tweak to the Foil is an upgrade in advertised tire clearance, with Scott claiming the bike will now hold up to a 30c tire, with all new bikes off the showroom floor shipping with 28c tires as standard. This extra tire clearance is mostly thanks to the fact that the Foil, much like just about every other new road bike released this year, is disc brake specific.
While four build options of the 2021 Scott Foil are set to exist globally. At the time of publishing, images of each build and their corresponding colour options aren't yet available.
Pricing and build specifications on Australian delivered 2021 Foil models is as follows;
- Scott Foil Pro:
Scott Foil HMX frame and fork, Syncros Creston iC SL integrated handlebar system, Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Di2 groupset, Syncros Capital 1.0 50 wheelset, 28c Schwalbe Pro One TL tires.
- Scott Foil 20:
Scott Foil HMF frame and HMX fork, Syncros Creston iC SL integrated handlebar system, Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 groupset, Syncros RR 2.0 Disc wheelset, 28c Schwalbe One tires.
- Scott Foil 30:
Scott Foil HMF frame and HMX fork, Syncros Creston iC SL integrated handlebar system, Shimano Ultegra R8020 groupset, Syncros RR 2.0 Disc wheelset, 28c Schwalbe One tires.
Images courtesy of Mitchelton-SCOTT
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