Living Jackson

Benefits of cycling
Sebastian Kienle’s Scott Plasma 5 Pro Triathlon Bike

Sebastian Kienle’s Scott Plasma 5 Pro Triathlon Bike


– I’m in Germany ahead of Challenge Roth, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit excited
about this pro bike, because this is a bike that I’ve been dying to take a closer look at for some time now. This is the Scott Plasma
of Sebastian Kienle. (industrial music) This is a Scott Plasma Five. It’s an update to the
previous Plasma Three. So it’s gone through a few modifications and changes, and one of those is with its aerodynamics. So Scott used something called airfoil. And this looks at how
the air moves and changes and its dynamics through different parts of the bike, so if we take the seat tube, for instance, there’s a lot of movement of the air around that area due to our legs moving, the cranks moving, the rear wheel moving. That’s very different to the front end, for instance. So the tubing of the
frame is very different around this area in
comparison to the forks and the front end. So they’ve tried to
change the tubing shape and the angle and the
transitions of that tubing to complement that and the different dynamics of the wind. First of all, let’s take
a look at the front end. Okay, so the Plasma
allows two stem options. You’ve got the TT version, which comes out almost directly in line
with the top tube here. And then you’ve also got
the triathlon version, which Sebastian is
riding here and it’s got a 45-mil increase in height without adjusting the reach. Interestingly, both
versions are UCI-legal, but with the triathlon version, you can then add in this integrated hydration and storage. That isn’t UCI-legal, but with it is actually just as aerodynamic, if not more aerodynamic. So here, in this front end, you can store your hydration, your fluids, and actually you can top that up through this opening here. And then, Sebastian’s actually got his own straw coming out with a magnet that he’s put on, he’s
just taped it on here and then one onto the aero-bars here. Actually, from what I understand, this is something they’re
going to bring out in future models. And then going back from that, we’ve also got the fueling and storage system on the top tube. And moving from that onto the cockpit, and this is the bit that I’m really excited to take a look at. So the bike comes with three different base-bar options. You’ve got the minus-30 option, which Sebastian has here, so you can see a slight slope downwards. They come as a flat option, and also a plus-30 option, which would obviously do
the opposite from this and come up slightly. Also comes with quite a long extension on the the horns, and you can then cut that down to whatever length you like. Sebastian’s gone for more or less the shortest you can. Now onto the gearing, and
this is really interesting. So Sebastian’s using Sram eTap, so he’s got the blips
on the bullhorns here. But rather than having them on the end of the poles here, he’s actually got them under the aero-bars just here. Okay, so what he does is just uses his ring finger as he’s on the aero-bars. And actually means when he’s climbing, staying the bars sit back a little bit, put on the bars, and still change gear, rather than trying to lean forward. So really interesting option. We see a lot of different variants with the pro bikes. Okay, and finishing the aero-bars and base-bars, he’s using
the Prologo bar tape which has quite a nice
grippy finishing texture. And then on from the aero-bars, we’ve got the arm rests, and this is another really interesting area. So Sebastian’s actually
cut the inside curvature of the elbow pads away, and then he’s padded across all the way from one pad to the other and that allows him to sort of move his elbows around and get into a nice aerodynamic
and aggressive position. And moving down from
that, we have the brake. And this is another modification and new feature for the Plasma Five because it is integrated. It uses a center-pull
brake for the front brake and that’s actually Scott’s own brake, and then the rear brake is situated under the bottom bracket as we see with most TT bikes these days and that uses a direct mount. And onto the wheel set. We’ve got the Zipp 858 NSW front wheel, with its unique sawtooth design. On the back, he’s opting
for the Zipp disc. And on both of those we have the continental limited tires. That’s spotted by this
111 on the front tire and 33 on the rear tire. They’re both clincher tires, and he’s running a 23 in both the front and the rear tire. And moving back through the bike. As I mentioned already, he’s running Sram Red eTap, so we’ve got the Sram Red eTap front mech and rear mech with the individual
batteries for both units because they’re wireless. On from that, we’ve got
the Sram aero chainring and he’s running a 55
in the outer big ring and 42 on the inner, and from that, he’s running a 175 crank length, and with the speed plate aero pedals. So the bike is more or less prepped and ready for race day here in Germany at Challenge Roth. So he’s got his race chain on, it’s a Sram chain and it comes ready and prepped from Muc-Off with its special race day lubricant. And with that, he’s got
the Sram Red cassette, and he’s running that at an 11/26. And another modification going from the Plasma Three to the Plasma Five is in terms of the seat
post in relation to the seat tube. So this Plasma Five features a much more vertical seat post which allows an extra 10 mil of movement to play with, and then on the top of that we’ve got the Prologo Tgale TT Saddle, and that has this really
cool grippy feature on the end of the saddle
so you can stay nice and still and perched on the end when you’re in aero position. And coming off that, we’ve got this storage holder from X-Lab with the X-Lab Gorilla bottle cage and then for race days, those are gonna put another bottle cage onto this side, and talking of bottle cages, we’ve also got this aero bottle on the down tube, the nice bright PowerBar bottle and on the rear of that, we’ve got this storage compartment, which he’ll put his race day spares into, and that’s actually been designed with Simon Smart from Drag to Zero, so it’s nice and aerodynamic, it fills in the space and flows nicely on the bottom. And then one last thing
that I have noticed is hidden here under the pad, and it seems to be a little lady bird, and I understand from talking to his team, it is actually a good luck charm that his girlfriend, or now, wife, gave to him years ago
and also has actually got smaller over the
years due to aerodynamics. Well that’s been absolutely amazing. I couldn’t wait to have a look at this, and I’m definitely taking
away a few ideas myself. If you liked this bike as much as I did, give it a thumbs up. If you’d like to see more videos from GTN, just click on the globe and subscribe. If you’d like to see another Scott Plasma, see how it compares to Sebastian’s, you can see Alastair
Brownley’s by clicking up here. If you’d like to see some
Challenge Roth facts, just click down there.

26 comments on “Sebastian Kienle’s Scott Plasma 5 Pro Triathlon Bike

  1. Don t bother getting it. It takes a year to get 1. I had to wait for 9 months if i wanted one. Shame on you scott

  2. To answer the question about power…
    I spoke to Sebastian after regarding this. He chooses not to ride with power, rather by feel. His take is that he wants to win races, not perfectly pace races. He must go with surges and changes in pace, and for that doesn’t want to be put off by seeing his power

  3. i guess the ladybug at 3:43 just under the armrest is contributing quite a bit to the climbing abilities as well 😀

  4. Great video Mark, much thanks! No power meter, that's puts him in a very small minority of pros. I would bet he uses a heart rate monitor on the bike & run.

  5. You could put Sebastian Kienle on a steelbook winter hack he would still beast it up at a ironman the man is just a beast kudos for his win.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *