The Scott CR1 Pro 2011 road bike comes in just under 2500GBP, but looks very similar to the 2010 model, which had a complete makeover. In 2010 the bike was essentially made with comfort in mind and was aimed at the leisure and sportive market.

The 2011 paint job looks very similar to the 2010 bike and underneath it is the same frame as the 2010 model. In 2010, Scott like Specialized has added vibration damping into the frame. The Scott CR1 incorporates their new Shock Damping System, which is built into the front forks, seat and chain stays. The rear stays also have been shaped to bend in response to vibrations and shocks, but importantly doesn’t lose the any stiffness.

In reality this means that the Scott CR1 has comfort, not race dimensions, with frames having shorter top tubes and a higher head tube. This means that any rider is in a less aggressive riding position, so is better suited to long rides or excessive hours on the bike.

Like many of the new frames being produced on the market today the Scott CR1 is built using Integrated Moulding, which is a process that allows the three main tubes to be moulded together in one step and seamlessly joined at the three stress points. This means less material and therefore a lighter end results as well as a stronger bond throughout the whole frame.

This bike is about lightweight construction and parts. The Naked external tubeset finish means the normal cosmetic layer you see on the outside of many frames does not need to be there. The stay and fork dropouts as well as the cables stops are made of integrated carbon. The front mech hanger is machined from a one-piece aluminum extrusion.

Scott has brought to market five models in the CR1 range. The Pro has a 6700 Ultegra groupset, Scott branded saddle and Mavic Ksyrium rims. The other models include the SL, Elite, Team and Comp.

The SL model comes with the top of the range Dura Ace groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL rims and Continental grand prix 4000 tyres.

The Elite model comes with the SRAM Rival groupset.

The Team model comes with a full 105 groupset, Ritchey carbon seat post and a scott saddle.

The Comp come with Tiagra groupset and 105 rear mech, Ritchey carbon seat post and Velo saddle.

Overall this road bike is great for any rider looking to save time on hill climbs and be able to withstand the forces of a quick and powerful sprint. It is one of the lightest bikes out there for the price and 2011 brings it in range of many riders.

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