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Swift launch Ultravox SSL and DSQ

Josh Cunningham
4 Mar 2016

New bikes from Swift, the Ultravox SSL and Ultravox DSQ, with updated carbon technology and disc brakes

It may only have been a short time since Swift announced their first aero bike, the Hypervox, but nontheless at the Taipei bike show it has launched two further models, the Ultravox SSL (super light) and DSQ (disc), which will sit above the current Ultravox Ti. 

Swift has taken what it learnt in making the SCULP (a sub-700g road frame produced in collaboration with AX Lightness), and used a similar theme of carbon composition to get where they are with the SSL. As it has done before with carbon industry players Toray and Mitsubishi-Rayon, Swift has teamed up with TeXtreme to produce the fibres employed on the new SSL. 

TeXtreme have used what Swift is calling 'Spread Tow' technology, whereby the carbon yarns are flattened into condensed tows before weaving, which effectively packs more filaments into the same area, and reduces the amount of resin needed to fill in the gaps between. As well as allowing Swift to make full carbon accessories such as the seat post clamp and headset, its primary goal is to increase the strength-to-weight ratio of the bike - by a claimed 24%. We can assume that this should therefore create a lighter, stiffer frame. 

Disc-equipped road bikes have been on the market for some time, but Swift's reasoning for holding out before launching their maiden offering was to see how the industry settled and what formats would become standard. With the Ultravox DSQ we see thru axles - 100mm at the front and 140mm at the rear - which thanks to swappable end caps for the axle to sit in are also compatible with differing SRAM and Shimano systems. 

Swift have also opted for the Shimano Flat Mount calliper that is a commonality among many disc-equipped road bikes. Clean, compact and simple, their employment here is suggestive of where Swift see the industry settling - as is the fact that they've made the DSQ capable of running anything up to 30mm tyres, mirroring the trend for fatties. Other than the possibility of internal routing for hydraulic cable systems, there are no other significant changes to the frame itself.  

Price, weight, and any other information for that matter, remain unbeknownst to anyone other than swift at this early stage.

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