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Ultimate time-trial bikes: Scott Plasma 5 RC Team Issue

Cyclist magazine
26 Jul 2017

Developed with the help of top aerodynamicist Simon Smart and versatile enough to excel in triathlons or Grand Tours

This feature was produced in association with Scott.

This year’s Tour de France was bookended by individual time-trials that proved crucial in deciding the outcome of the race.

The Plasma 5 RC Team Issue was the bike Orica-Scott relied on to keep riders like Simon Yates in overall GC contention.

The bike you saw on the WorldTour stage looked slightly different to the one pictured, due to stringent UCI regulations governing what can be deemed a structural part of the bike, rather than a fairing, but that is part of the beauty of the Plasma 5’s design. 

‘All that’s required to make it UCI legal is to take off the integrated water bottle and the storage box,’ says Scott’s UK sales manager, Keith Murray.

‘Getting that UCI legal frame sticker was a big deal for us. But as you see it here it’s completely legal for domestic time-trial and ITU [International Triathlon Union] events.’

Scott’s proven Plasma platform has been further refined for this its fifth generation, thanks to input from leading aerodynamicist Simon Smart.

Scott uses the same HMX carbon fibre for the frame construction as it does for its flagship super-light Addict road bike, which enables the Plasma 5 RC frame to come in at under a kilo.

‘There are plenty of road bike frames weighing more than that,’ Murray points out. 

Personalised fit options include two different stem heights (0mm and 45mm stack), three base bar configurations and up to 75mm of height adjustment in the armrests.

This should ensure the Plasma 5 RC is as versatile as it is fast.

Scott Plasma 5 RC Team Issue
Shimano Di2
Wheels: Enve SES 7.8 front, Drag2Zero disc rear
Finishing kit: Profile Plasma cockpit, Scott Plasma HMX seatpost, Syncros RR1.5 TRI saddle
Weight: 9.32kg
Price: £11,300 approx as pictured

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