The CR1 Road Scott Bicycles are known for their light weight frames & aerodynamic designs more so than for their high finish parts although you can get these bikes with higher quality parts in case you choose the higher price or component levels within each models.
Scott places the CR1 Road in their "Performance" category along with the less expensive Speedster bikes and offers five different CR1 price or component levels (the SL , Pro , Elite , Team and Comp). The carbon frame is exactly the same on all levels. The differences are primarily with the components (see the comparison below for more information on this).
Another big advantage to the Scott CR1 Road bikes it that they are very reasonably priced, you can buy these bikes online with options for home or store delivery and you can often find great deals on previous years models (new) online.
Although the CR1 has been replaced by the Addict as Scotts high end, top dog performance or racing bike, the CR1 is still one of the best racing or performance bikes on the market.
Scott CR1 Features at a Glance: The Scott CR1 bikes have carbon SDS (shock damping system) frames (approx. 14.8 to 17.9 pounds), Carbon SDS Forks, Shimano Ultegra or Shimano Dura-Ace components on the Pro and SL models, SRAM Rival 09 on the Elite, Shimano 105 on the Team and Shimano Tiagra on the Comp.
Note: As of 9/8/2011 the 2011 Scott CR1 Road Comp is currently sold out (previously selling for $1,799 (new) at REI with free shipping options). See Cycling at REI for the latest availability, price and customer reviews.
Scott CR1 Comp (Compact) Specification and Features:
- Frame Scott CR1 carbon
- Fork Scott CR1 HMF NET, carbon steerer
- Crankset Shimano Tiagra FC-4550, 50/34
- Bottom bracket Shimano Dura-Ace
- Shifters Shimano Tiagra
- Front derailleur Shimano Tiagra
- Rear derailleur Shimano 105
- Rear cogs Shimano HG50,11-25, 9-speed
- Number of gears 18
- Brakes Shimano Tiagra
- Brake levers Shimano Tiagra
- Rims Shimano WH R 500
- Front hub Shimano WH R 500, 20h
- Rear hub Shimano WH R 500, 24h
- Tires Continental Ultra Race, 700x23
- Handlebar Scott Road Drop, 31.8mm
- Stem Scott Road Team
- Gender Unisex
Scott CR1 Model Comparisons:
The Scott CR1 has 5 price or model levels. The SL, Pro, Elite, Team and Comp. All models have the same IMP carbon tech frame but very few other similarities. Each model has a different component set and MSRP prices range from $1,850 to $6,050 so you have quite a few options when it comes to the CR1 models.
See the REI links (above) for their automated comparison feature to see the more specific details.
The frame on the Scott CR1 is excellent (and is the same on all models) but there are vast differences in the individual models. Personally, I like the compact crankset of the Scott CR1 Comp but I prefer the CR1 Team overall for the price and component quality.
At the time of this review, most of the Scott CR1 customer reviews online were for model years prior to 2010, although there are some 2010 reviews starting to surface.