Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

Can an aero road bike win the Hell of the North again?

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Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

You don’t normally think of aero road bikes as weapon of choice for Paris-Roubaix. But that all changed last year.

Mathew Hayman’s 2016 Paris-Roubaix win will be remembered for many reasons, one of them being that it was the first Roubaix won on an aero road bike. Flash forward a year and Hayman (ORICA-Scott) will be back at the Hell of the North aboard this special edition Scott Foil RC, which he will ride for his 16th Roubaix appearance.

Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

The heart rates of most cycling fans will probably still rise when they think about last year’s edition of Paris-Roubaix. Hayman’s return from a broken radius to start his 15th Paris-Roubaix and beat the arguable best cobble classic rider of all time in a sprint still sounds more like a movie script than the reality of modern cycling and will be remembered as one of the greatest editions in the history of the race.

Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

To honor and thank him for this achievement, Scott created a specific design which is connected to his origin and his love for the race. The design is the result of a geometric interpretation of the cobblestone vibrations and goes through the whole bike to form a Kangaroo at the side of the top tube. The colors represent the national colors of Australia, but in more “earthy” tones to illustrate the dust, dirt and toughness of the roads of Paris-Roubaix. Within the design on the top tube is a phrase that reflects Hayman’s race philosophy “Always keep riding” and is written in typical Paris-Roubaix road signage style.

Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

“We used to call it ‘new bike fever’ when I was growing up,” explained Hayman. “That feeling when you get a new bike and you just have to ride it. Even as a pro after so many years a new bike is still something special and to get a personalized one is something I never even thought about. I can’t wait to start the race with my new Foil on Sunday. It gave me wings last year, let’s hope it will be the same again this year and in case something goes wrong I just have to look on my top tube to remember always keep riding, the race is not over until it is over.”

Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

While some aero bikes earn a reputation for being overly stiff and harsh, Scott’s Foil is known for its pedaling efficiency and compliance. In Paris-Roubaix, where the average speed is usually over 27mph, the aerodynamic advantage is also very relevant.

Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix Scott Foil

Here are full specs of Mat Hayman’s special edition Paris-Roubaix bike.

  • Frameset: Scott Foil RC XL
  • Stem: Integrated Scott Foil 130mm – 6°
  • Handlebar: Syncros Compact 40
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
  • Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Crankset: SRM Shimano 11-speed, 53/44T
  • Pedals: Shimano 9000 Dura-Ace
  • Wheelset: Shimano C-35 tubular
  • Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 28mm
  • Saddle: Syncros RR STD wide
  • Seatpost: Syncros Foil
  • Computer: SRM Power Control 8 (not pictured)

For more info visit www.scott-sports.com.

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