The Scott Foil HMF is a much-improved Foil, just like it’s fancier brother, the HMX. The two are virtually identical in every way, save the carbon-fiber employed and the steering components. Think same ride, stiffness, compliance, aerodynamics, but more accessible.
Scott’s Foil is a proven winner. But that wasn’t enough for engineers at Scott. Their F01 Technology, which most lay-folk refer to as Kamm-tail shaping, has a great track record. But the old Foil had some limitations. They believed they could make it more comfortable, stiffer, and even more aerodynamic. And they were right.
The one thing they didn’t change at all was 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 still want to take the edge off, or pilot this ride over rough roads, 28mm tires will fit.
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 while still reducing aero drag from the previous Foil. That might not seem like a big deal for a bike that was already aero, 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 aluminum stem, 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. 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 1060g and the fork 365g.
The frame comes with headset, stem, spacers, top cap, carbon seatpost, and Shimano press fit bottom bracket-the BB86 standard is both good for design and most cyclists. Cable routing is internal, and both mechanical and Di2 shifting is supported. The battery hides in the seatpost.
The Scott Foil HMF brings a powerful melding of aerodynamics and comfort into a range everyone can get on.
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