Monday, June 9, 2014

Scott Plasma 30 Review.

Hey readers - this year my top 2 male athletes will have the privilege to ride Scott Plasma 30's in the non drafting races. Everybody is very happy to be ridding these Swiss designed bikes because their practical, sharp & fast!

We don't ride far - but we do ride HARD!

Time Trial bikes are getting more & more complicated, even now with some aero-road bikes, where the DIY mentality is becoming sparse, modern triathletes get less personal with their equipment, thus reducing their intimacy, knowledge & feel for their own bikes.

My athletes compete/train a lot in remote areas a times that requires taking their bikes apart for travel, so depending on bike mechanics can cause training set backs, waste of time & extra expenses...They need to be more self sufficient!

The cycling industry's evolution of integration & weight reduction maybe appealing cosmetically & aerodynamically, but for the serious users, it can be problematic, especially if you are not brief about it properly.

Internal cabling is notoriously difficult to maintain/adjust for both braking & gear shifting, especially in humid tropical climate where regular ventilation is important - right now it's the rainy season & regular bike maintenance is important for us.

Internal breaks have weaker breaking power due to the extra twists in the cables, unless you go hydraulic, where you have the opposite problem - it becomes harder to 'feather' the brakes. Same goes with internal shifter cables - they get rusty easier & create friction, thus delaying the response from shifters to derailleur.

And of course, a detachable hanger, can make a potentially HUGE problem into a small one only, where I have personally & strongly discouraged athletes from buying frames that have integrated rear hangers - shit just happens.

Banjo's Plasma 2 for this season.

That aside, the 2 bottle cages on the frame are a sure bet, as frame mounted hydration will always be the best area for bottles as there's less vibration compared to the extremity's of the bike, such as the handle bars or saddle area. In Asia the roads are bumpy, chaotic & varying, both in training & racing, 'bottle launchers' are dangerous & a pain in the A$$.

I also got an Elite VIP bottle strap to affix my old X-Lab Stealth Pocket 300 storage to the top tube of the frames so they can have extra storage space for long training & longer races. I used it my old Cervelo P5 & liked it so much, I wanted to find a way to put in on other frames!

Elite VIP, Elite bottle cages & Elite indoor trainers to keep us strong, fueled & hydrated!

It also comes with a 76° seat tube angle & 71.5° head tube angle to give the option to have an
aggressive/steep position or milder/slacker fit as the top tube length of 505 mm is neither too long or too short for the XS small frame they are both ridding - pretty ideally for short-torso & long legged athletes!

The seat-post area is pretty simple, robust & easy to work with, especially the adjustable sliding post head that makes micromanaging the saddle much more precise & quicker.

All-in-all this, this is a very good 'entry level' Time Trial Bike for athletes entering the sport, before they can evolve to a super-bike one day - once they have earned it ;)

Banjo's back ALWAYS looks like this when he rides the indoor trainer in the aero-position!

Anyway, if your interested in Scott Bikes or Elite accessories just check out -----> Unison Bikes

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