Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Scott Foil 10 is an amazing bike!



As many of you know, Peaks Coaching Group’s newest sponsor partner is Scott Sports. We were able to unveil the new team bikes at this week’s Mardi Gras Training Camp just outside of New Orleans. We asked PCG coach Scott Moninger to review the bike after putting it though its steps during the camp, and here is their report.

Looks

Moninger: This bike looks like it’s going 30 mph when it’s leaning against a wall. The overall looks are great, and I like its clean, not overstated look. The seat post and fork integration really works well.



Handling



Moninger: The Scott Foil responds to all input all the time. It has already been stated in numerous reviews how stiff the bike is, so I was prepared for this, but the bike gave me an excellent feeling of what I would call “precise but with a touch of neutral.” What does that mean? The bike is agile and quick handling but not overly so; not to the point where constant attention and adjustments are need to maximize its handling capabilities. This is a trait I love in a bike.

Power Transfer/Sprinting

Moninger: Well balanced and stiff, the Scott Foil responds to the input. For me the idea of power transfer is more about climbing than sprinting, and this bike is a damn good climber. Built with SRAM Red and a set of deep-dish carbon PowerTap wheels, it’s around 14.5 lbs and super stiff, which is a great combo for climbing.

Critique

Moninger: I had a little bit of trouble sizing the frame, since my fit is between sizes. Scott hooked me up by giving me the small frame but supplying a setback post (normally found on larger frames). Also, the stack height needs a close review, as it is taller than you might think. Review the sizing closely and adjust to make sure it fits you well.

Overall 

Moninger: A great bike, very enjoyable to ride! Love the looks and the handling; add the aero and low weight, and you really have a great all-around bike. The stiffness was a benefit. I read a lot of reviews mentioning that it can be harsh, but I rode it on two rides of five hours or more in the first week of set-up and didn’t really find that to be true.




6 comments:

  1. Can I ask how tall you are? I have a small frame but wonders whether to get a layback post rather than straight. Thanks

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  2. Hi Scott,

    Tim is 5'8" and Scott is 5'9".

    Hope this helps!

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  3. Thanks for the reply. I'm also 5'8. Might give a set back seat post a try.

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