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by James Huang
August 28, 2020
Photography by Scott Sports / Jochen Haar
Scott has today announced a modest refresh of its Foil carbon aero road bike, which now borrows a page from the Addict RC semi-aero all-rounder with a new fork and Syncros one-piece handlebar and stem combo that allows for fully internal cable routing.
As on the Addict RC, all housing, hoses, and wires are now fed from the controls through the inside of the handlebar and stem extension before taking a turn downward into the top of the head tube. From there, everything is routed through the down tube to its respective location on the frame, with the exception of the front brake hose, which runs directly down the inside of the non-driveside leg.
Visually, it’s once again a similar story to the Addict RC, with the back of the stem shrouded in a snap-on plastic cover that conceals the clamp hardware, profiled spacers, and a shaped upper headset cover intended to keep everything neat and tidy — albeit also somewhat aesthetically bulky.
The updated front end is certainly much cleaner-looking than it was before.
Scott hasn’t made a big deal of this aspect, but the newly hidden lines likely improve the bike’s aerodynamic performance to some degree, and tire clearance with the new fork has gotten a bit better, too, with official approval for 30 mm-wide treads.
Ease of service will obviously have taken a hit from this update, but such is the price of progress, apparently. The rest of the Foil frame is otherwise essentially unchanged, and we’re also waiting for confirmation that lower-end Foils will continue to use two-piece handlebars and stems as is the case currently.
While the outside of the updated Foil is very neat and tidy, there’s plenty going on inside.
One thing few people are likely to complain about are the striking new finishes on the Foil 10 and 30 models. Mitchelton-Scott riders have been sporting gorgeous iridescent paint on their team bikes for the past season or so, with the dark base coat morphing into shades of green, purple, and blue depending on the lighting conditions.
Aside from the new fork and cockpit, the rest of the Foil is mostly carried over from before.
Small changes in bar height should be easy enough to do, but other operations are likely to require a fair bit more time with the new routing layout.
Syncros offers the Creston iC cockpit in an impressive fifteen variations of bar width and stem length.
Also new on the updated Foil is a gorgeous color-shifting paint job on the Foil 10 and Foil 30. From this angle, it looks green…
…but it’s purple here. Pictures certainly don’t do it justice.
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