Scott Foil RC 10 Review
- Price: $6,999
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 700c Carbon
- Gear: 2 × 12 Electronic
What we like about it: Combining aerodynamics, lightweight and comfort, the Scott Foil RC 10 is a super speed machine.
What we didn’t like about it: Expensive and not for novices and budget-conscious riders.
The Scott Foil RC 10’s excellent lightweight carbon frame, coupled with the aerodynamic variety of detailing and efficient components, gives it an extremely powerful and fast ride.
Below, we analyze the riding experience, key features, components and specifications of the Scott Foil RC 10 and other versions.
At the end of the REVIEW, we also compare several best bike models. If you want to know more about bike reviews, you can follow us.
The Scott Foil RC 10 is an aerodynamic bike with a lightweight carbon frame and performance components that make it a top-of-the-line aerodynamic bike that combines comfort, lightweight and extreme aerodynamics.
For this reason I packed up my Scott Foil RC 10, immediately packed my bike and headed out to the Adirondack Park Loop after booking a hotel on IHG in the surrounding area.
There was no shortage of beautiful scenery along the way as it was mostly on roads with very little traffic.
The route is flat through rolling countryside farmland hills and quaint towns and has some higher elevation climbs and long descents.
When I first started riding, the Scott Foil RC 10’s carbon frame was light and strong.
It made my ride feel lighter and the bike was incredibly responsive when I pedaled.
With a 25mm tire on the front and a 28mm tire on the rear, I was able to ride with ease with the right air pressure, ensuring excellent grip while reducing rolling resistance.
Then, when I was ready to accelerate, the electronic version of the Shimano Ultegra Di2’s drivetrain components provided a smooth and fast shifting experience.
At certain speeds, the oversized headtube acted as a fairing, breaking up the air and reducing drag as the rider moved forward.
Finally, the Scott Foil RC 10’s full carbon frame and fork are designed to absorb vibration bumps in the road for a more comfortable ride, while the rear upper fork is lowered for the same increased riding comfort.
This is a rare advantage for an aero bike for a comfortable riding experience.
Climbing and Descending
While aero bikes aren’t great at climbing rides, the Scott Foil RC 10 made this long climbing ride easier for me with better carbon stacking, reducing the number of carbon pieces and connectors and thus minimizing weight.
The Shimano Ultegra Di2’s road kit has 2×12 speeds of 24 speeds to match, and with the right front and rear drive match, pedaling became very easy when the gradient got bigger. It made my climbing rides more energy-efficient.
Besides, the Scott Foil RC 10 was as close to its home turf as you got on a downhill ride, with extreme aerodynamics that made my descents incredibly fast, even without any pedaling.
The powerful Shimano BR-R8170 hydraulic disc brakes, coupled with Shimano RT-CL800 rotor 160/F and 160/R discs, provided excellent enough braking power to dissipate heat quickly and continued to be efficient even during long braking distances.
The Scott Foil RC 10 uses a lightweight carbon frame and fork to reduce weight to a certain extent.
The carbon material has certain deformation characteristics, which can absorb the vibration of the road surface during riding, ensuring a more comfortable ride.
Then the Scott Foil RC 10 has 7 sizes of carbon frames to choose from, suitable for riders from 5’1″ – 6’9″ tall to ride, and can fit almost any rider’s choice.
Full internal cable routing design makes the appearance of the frame look cleaner and neater, and daily cleaning is easier and more convenient.
The silent cable tube reduces the noise generated during riding and is quieter. The integrated head tube reduces wind resistance while riding.
Finally, the Scott Foil RC 10 has a powerful Shimano Ultegra Di2 class drivetrain and braking components that greatly increase rideability.
The Scott Foil RC 10 has a lightweight, top-of-the-line carbon aerodynamic frame and powerful performance components.
But this bike is also available in a more advanced version. It’s for riders with sufficient budget who are looking for more extreme riding.
For this reason we offer an aero bike with the same geometry of the carbon frame, but with more top-of-the-line components to make this bike lighter and more efficient to ride.
Scott Foil RC Ultimate
The Scott Foil RC Ultimate uses a higher grade carbon frame that has a lighter frame weight while keeping the geometry the same.
The SRAM RED eTap AXS is a top-of-the-line electronic version of the SRAM RED eTap AXS, with excellent drivetrain efficiency, precise and sensitive shifting, and light weight.
The braking components are also very reliable. No matter how harsh the environment is, the braking ability is still reliable.
In addition, the Zipp 454 NSW Carbon tubeless disc-brake Syncros SL Axle wheelset used, has a lighter weight and a better rolling feel, with a corresponding lower wind resistance.
Below, we’ll list the specifics of the Scott Foil RC 10 in detail and some similarly priced air bikes from other brands for your reference.
What do we like about it?
- The headtube, in addition to allowing for fully integrated cables for mechanical and electronic shifting, acts as a fairing to break up the air and reduce air resistance as the rider moves forward.
- Foil RC’s fork has a deeper cross-section, providing an additional aerodynamic advantage.
- Hiding disc brake calipers by dropping the rear forks not only reduces air resistance, but also adds to the overall aesthetics.
- Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain has efficient pedaling and smooth shifting feel.
- It reduces the weight of the frame without sacrificing stiffness by layering carbon and reducing the number of carbon pieces and joints.
- Full internal alignment for a clean and tidy look, easier daily cleaning, and reduced wind resistance.
What don’t we like about it?
- Expensive and not suitable for novice and budget-conscious riders.
- What kind of roads is this bike good to ride?
It is more suited to smooth good roads as an extreme aero bike.
- Is it good for distance riding?
It is a comfortable aero bike, but it’s more suited to flat track sprints and speed-seeking rides.
- How to choose the right size?
Here we have provided you with a sizing chart, but of course this doesn’t have to be strictly followed. The best way to find the best fit is to test ride.
|5’1″ – 5’6″
|5’4″ – 5’9″
|5’7″ – 5’11”
|5’9″ – 6’1″
|6’0″ – 6’4″
|6’2″ – 6’6″
|6’4″ – 6’9″
Scott Foil RC 10 Specs
|FOIL RC Disc HMX Road Race geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger Internal cable routing
|FOIL Disc HMX 1″ Eccentric Carbon steerer
|Syncros RR 1.5 Aero
|Syncros Creston 1.0 Aero
|Syncros Belcarra V-Concept 2.0
|Syncros Duncan SL Aero CFT
|Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-R8150 24 Speed Electronic Shift System
|Shimano Ultegra Di2 FD-R8150 Electronic Shift System
|Shimano Ultegra FC-R8100 Hollowtech II 52×36 T
|Shimano Ultegra Di2 ST-R8170 24 Speed Electronic Shift System
|Shimano Ultegra CS-R8100-12 11-30
|Shimano BR-R8170 Hyd.Disc
|Syncros Capital 1.0 50 Disc 24 Front / 24 Rear Syncros SL Axle
|Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard Fold 700x25C
|Shimano RT-CL800 rotor 160/F and 160/R
|Trek Madone SLR 6 Gen 7
|2 × 12 Electronic
|Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Disc Di2
|Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8170
|2 × 12 Electronic
|Giant Propel Advanced Pro 0 Di2
|Shimano Ultegra Di2
|2 × 12 Electronic
|Fuji Transonic 1.1
|SRAM Force eTap AXS
|2 × 12 Electronic
Scott Foil RC 10 vs Trek Madone SLR 6 Gen 7
The Scott Foil RC 10 and the Trek Madone SLR 6 Gen 7 are both highly acclaimed aero bikes and both have a dedicated riding.
The frames of these two aero bikes again have their own design features with extremely good aerodynamics. It helps the rider to have the lowest air resistance while riding.
In terms of drivetrain components, the former uses Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain components than the latter’s Shimano R7150 Di2 drivetrain components.
With a higher component rating, the drivetrain is more efficient and lighter in weight, while in terms of braking ability, both are reliable hydraulic disc brakes.
So, between these two bikes, the Scott Foil RC 10 has a higher component level and accordingly I would recommend it more.
Scott Foil RC 10 vs Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Disc Di2
The two starter bikes, the Scott Foil RC 10 and the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Disc Di2, have similar overall bike weights when compared to each other.
On the drivetrain components and braking components, they both use Shimano Ultegra Di2 level components with excellent drivetrain efficiency and great braking feel.
However, the former has a shorter frame height, climbs better, and is less susceptible to side winds.
The latter has a taller wheelset frame height and will be faster in terms of extreme speed, but will be more tiring to climb, less rideable in excessively windy rides, and more strenuous.
At the end of the day, of these two bikes, the former will be a higher-end brand, but the latter is a much better performer and value for money.
Scott Foil RC 10 vs Giant Propel Advanced, Pro 0 Di2
The Scott Foil RC 10 and Giant Propel Advanced, Pro 0 Di2 are both excellent aero bikes.
First of all, they both use Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and braking components, which make the shifting feel sensitive and smooth, the drivetrain efficient and the electronic version of the shifting easier and more convenient to adjust.
The braking components of this series are sensitive and reliable in harsh environments.
While the former’s Scott Foil RC 10 has better ride comfort and a cooler design feel on the frame, the latter’s Giant Propel Advanced, Pro 0 Di2 will be more aggressive.
So, between these two bikes, if you prefer a more designed and comfortable frame then Scott Foil RC 10 is better and vice versa if you need aggressive riding then Giant Propel Advanced, Pro 0 Di2 is good choice.
Scott Foil RC 10 vs Fuji Transonic 1.1
The Scott Foil RC 10 and the 2022 Fuji Transonic 1.1 are two bikes that I like.
The former enjoys Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifters, which have a smoother shifting experience. The SRAM Force eTap AXS shifters on the latter have a drier, stiffer shifting experience.
In terms of braking components, both brakes are reliable and have excellent stopping power.
As for the frame, I appreciate the former frame design more for its more powerful look and good combination of comfort, lightness and aerodynamics.
In summary, between these two bikes, the Scott Foil RC 10 would be more capable, so I would prefer it.
Above is my riding review of the Scott Foil RC 10. In our opinion, it is an aerodynamic bike with great all-around riding ability. That’s why we gave it a rating of 4.9.
Of course, if you want to know about other aero bikes, we also review a lot of interesting bikes at various price points, so feel free to take a look at our tests on that as well.
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