The SCOTT Plasma RC was designed to not only be aerodynamically sound, but also to be faster WITH a moving rider on it than without. With Sebastian Kienle racking up a European Championship and a World Championship in Kona in the bikes first year, it is safe to say that the Plasma 5 is a cut above the rest. Next level adjustability, fuel storage and integration make the Plasma 5 not just a bike, but rather a welloiled machine with one intention and one intention only- the top step.
- Shimano Ultegra Di2 Drivetrain, 22 Speed
- Syncros Race 22 wheels
PLASMA 5 AERO DRINK
The aero drink features a clip-on connection that ensures a firm fixation to the stem and allows for installation and removal of the bottle in a matter of seconds. The hydration system offers a low-weight body made from dishwasher-safe material with a large filling opening. A smooth bottle-frame intersection lowers aerodynamic drag due to optimized airflow recirculation behind the bottle.
The storage box features a removable divider and sufficient space for up to 8 energy bars. The rubber top cap grants easy access while drain holes at the bottom of the box prevent water accumulation. The solid body shell ensures an optimized airflow while offering enough knee clearance for the rider. The standard 64mm assembly bolt mount ensures interchangeability with a standard bottle cage.
INTEGRATED FRONT AND REAR BRAKES
While a standard Shimano direct-mount rear brake has been properly integrated below the bottom bracket, a proprietary front brake was developed. The low design and aerodynamic shape ensure compatibility with the front brake cover, while an improved leverage ratio and a rigid construction assure reliable and consistent braking power. The fork features two interfaces that allow for the installation of any direct mount or standard brake calliper.
The Plasma 5 frame and fork with both TT and Triathlon stem configuration is fully UCI-compliant. However, the Plasma 5 Aero Drink and the Storage Box have been designed to cover the specific needs of triathletes and are not UCI-compliant.
The F01-X230 parametric airfoil was specifically developed for the Plasma 5. This airfoil concept features a set of variable parameters that can be modified according to the airflow characteristics in each of the frameset’s aero zones. Whether it’s clean, uninterrupted airflow meeting the frame or airflow that has been disturbed by components or moving parts of the rider’s body, with the novel airfoil concept the Plasma 5 has been drastically improved with regards to aerodynamic performance.
AERODYNAMIC, STIFF AND LIGHT STEM INTEGRATION
The integrated stem covers the upper bearing and in combination with the ultra-flat bar clamp construction results in a substantial improvement of aerodynamic performance. The standard inner steerer tube construction, the improved position of the upper and lower bearings and the monobloc stem construction contribute to a significant improvement of headtube torsional stiffness on the Plasma 5, while the new stem design saves about 90g compared to the Plasma 3 stem. Two stem options cover a wide range of handlebar positions. While the TT stem stays in line with the top tube and allows for a very low position on the bike, the riser stem (Triathlon Configuration) increases handlebar stack by 45mm and allows for the installation of the clip-on Aero Drink.
PLASMA 5 AERIA HANDLEBAR CONCEPT
The novel handlebar concept features wide range adjustability, a high-degree of compatibility, allows for proper integration of cables and wires and incorporates the airfoil innovation of the Plasma 5.
There are three base bar options that feature different heights and
widths and allow for a reach modification of up to 15mm:
- -30mm drop/400mm width
- Flat/420mm width
- +30mm rise/420mm width
The spacers allow for a height adjustment of up to 75mm for the arm rests and extensions. The trailing edge of the spacer features a removable cover that provides easy access to the internal channel where the electronic shifting cables are routed.
The extension clamping system features a Ø22.2mm (7/8”) clamping standard to maintain interchangeability with all available extensions from Profile Design and most other brands.
The new pad construction features a narrower mounting option and a lower pad design for improved aerodynamic performance and adjustability.
SEBASTIAN KIENLE, 2014 IM EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPION
“When it comes to long distance triathlon, the requirements of professionals and amateurs are alike: you need an adjustable bike that has excellent aerodynamic properties. You need a storage system for both drinks and food. And you want a bike that handles directly and provides immediate power transfer. There’s no other bike on the market that combines these crucial factors like the Plasma 5!”