2016 Scott Foil Team Frameset
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While Scott was happy with their original Foil, and it proved its worth with victories on the WorldTour, they knew two things about it. It could be faster. It could be more comfortable. After years of research and development, the new Foil, sometimes called HMX for the carbon-fiber employed, and deployed in the Premium and Team Issue frames has met those goals.
For the geometry, Scott has stuck with their race geometry from both the previous Foil and the current Addict lines. It’s snappy without being too twitchy, and has been proven at the WorldTour under both the IAM and Orica-Greenedge teams. Classics wins, stage wins as well as stints in the Yellow, Pink, and Red jerseys are testimony to its success.
Aero road bikes have a well-deserved reputation for feeling too stiff at the saddle. The previous Foil, while fast, suffered from this. So they worked on increasing compliance. They flattened the top tube. The thinned the seat tube. They designed a smaller seatpost that was still aero, and they both slimmed the seat stays and placed them lower on the seat tube. These features improve compliance by 89% over the previous bike. And, if you want to get even more comfort, you can run tires up to 28mm wide.
But they also increased lateral stiffness. Thanks to a redesigned head tube and a 1 1/2” lower steerer, the bike is 13.5% stiffer at the head than the previous Foil. That makes steering and out-of-saddle accelerations more efficient. They also increased lateral stiffness at the bottom bracket by 13% thanks to new tube shapes. Power transfer is faster, easier, and puts more of your energy into driving the bike forward.
And they did all this by saving you an extra six watts over the previous Foil. That might not seem like much, but remember that aero is almost always on. They worked the aero edge in numerous ways, from the improved shaping of most of the tubes to the integrated stem and handlebar combo, which is not only faster, but also will remain aero if you add spacers under the stem-they’ve designed aero spacers to keep the bike sleek. The bar/stem combo weighs a scant 395g for the 42cm bar. Even the brakes are helping you. They’ve molded in direct-mount threads and the rear brake hides from the wind under the bottom bracket.
Scott has a reputation for building light bikes. They’re mindful of that and keep that tradition alive with the Foil. The 54 frame weighs in at 945g and the fork 320g.
The frame comes with handlebars, headset, spacers, top cap, carbon seatpost, and Shimano press fit bottom bracket-the BB86 standard is both good for design and most cyclists. The stem length and bar width is matched to each size, so the 47 comes with 38cm bars and an 80mm stem, and the 61 44cm bars and 120mm stem. Cable routing is internal, and both mechanical and Di2 shifting is supported. The battery hides in the seatpost-not currently compatible with Campagnolo EPS.
The Scott HMX is WorldTour aerodynamics and all-day comfort.