Scott CR1 Comp Review

Updated May 31, 2013
Scott CR1 Comp
Bottom Line

It used to be difficult to find a carbon-frame road bike for less than $2,000, but many bikes are leaving that barrier behind. In particular, reviewers say the Scott CR1 Comp is a great value for a first carbon road bike. Even though the geometry is slightly relaxed, testers all say the same thing -- this bike is fast. In comparative tests against other affordable carbon bikes, the Scott CR1 Comp is simply faster, especially on steep climbs. Reviewers are split about the bike's comfort, however; some say the ride is smooth and comfortable but doesn't offer the same plush feel as some of its competitors. In addition to the carbon frame, the Scott CR1 Comp sports mainly Shimano 105 components. Seven frame sizes are available, and you can choose between a compact, double or triple crankset. The Giant TCR Composite (*Est. $2,200) is another carbon road bike that receives high marks for value.

ProsCarbon frame, Good value, Very fastConsOpinions differ on comfort

Cycling Plus magazine has the best review of the new Scott CR1 Comp. The bike is put to the test against five other comparable bikes, and each one receives its own lengthy evaluation. Few other sources test the 2011 model, although Outside magazine, the Los Angeles Times and Bicycling magazine have reviews of the 2010 Scott CR1 Comp. Just keep in mind that components have changed substantially on the 2011 model.

Our Sources

1. Cycling Plus magazine

Scott CR1 Comp, Editors of Cycling Plus, July 2011

Cycling Plus gives the 2011 Scott CR1 Comp a 4-star rating (out of 5). Testers say it does a great job of absorbing road vibration on all but the roughest roads, and excellent handling is a high point. They recommend it for those who do a little bit of racing along with heavy mileage. However, it loses in this group test to the BH Prisma 7.8 Ultegra.

2. Outside

Scott CR1 Comp, John Bradley, April 20, 2010

Outside magazine gives the Scott CR1 Comp a Killer Value award and says it has "race-worthy performance." Testers think the ride is smooth and fast, and that the relaxed geometry keeps things comfortable for long rides. The only downside is the low-end Tiagra components.

3. Los Angeles Times

Carbon-Fiber Frames, Roy Wallack, May 3, 2010

Roy Wallack, an author and experienced cyclist, reviews four carbon-frame bikes for the Los Angeles Times. The Scott CR1 Comp is the fastest of the four, and he reports that it has speedy uphill performance. The ride is "harsh," however, and he recommends upgrading the saddle and handlebar tape for better comfort.

4. Bicycling Magazine

Scott CR1 Comp, Editors of Bicycling , April 2010

Bicycling magazine tests the Scott CR1 Comp and is impressed with the bike's performance. Even though the bike has a more upright riding position than many carbon-frame bikes, testers find the ride "quite racy."