2006 Scott Plasma
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Purchased 3/31/06 | Pro reviews/articles
| Update 4/7/07
With American Classic Wheels:
Nice touches by Dmitry; cable tie creates tension to keep cables off the frame.
Once the seatpost/ "mast" is cut, you have less than 3CM of height adjustment. Measure 2, 3 times, then cut! Scott supplies dealers with a die (that looks like the seat post) for perfect cuts.
New Triathlon frame: Scott Plasma!
Gebhardt did a very thorough sizing and Dmitry did a masterful job of building this frame up, with some very nice touches including carbon tape, nicely routed cables, and some velcro strips to quiet the aerobars.
How does it ride? Initial "around the block" ride indicates a very smooth and comfortable frame. Bumps and even potholes are soaked up. However, surprising amount of flex while standing. I guess this was meant for hauling butt in the aero bars, not climbing.
Ride report: took it out on Sunday-cold and overcast. This bike is incredibly smooth. Amazing; I thought the Teschner was smooth, but this is an order of magnitude more plush feeling. Bumps simply get absorbed. It's very comfortable in the aero position-and you don't feel like your getting bucked off from being so far forward. Descending was surprisingly comfortable and uneventful. Climbing was also quite good. However, my rear derailleur was slightly out of whack and I couldn't stay in the 39x19-it would ghost-shift. Tightened the derailleur cable two turns, then all was good. Climbed Old La Honda in 21:07; 1:20 off the PR but the bike wasn't holding me back. It climbed well but didn't have the "snap back" of my road frame. There is some flex in the BB (chain rubs) and it prefers spinning versus mashing. Neck and shoulders are a bit beat up after riding in the aerobars for so long; got to get used to that again. The Selle SLR T-1 is very comfortable; a bit long but very comfy for the weight.
Problems? Seatpost thingy. There is a lot going on with the seatpost mount; it's got to hold the seat on the mast and control to/fro shifting, as well as height. Here are some problems:
Of course, the magic of owning a bike is dialing it in just right. In addition to the few hours on Saturday spent adjusting the finicky Zero Gravity brakes and tuning the aerobars, spent Sunday after the ride adding the shim and a supporting beam (nail!) to the seat post.
Here's the "shim"
Here's the supporting nail (we'll see if this is just plain silly):
The cut section:
The Easton Attack bars are pretty impressive; they are the lightest base/aero bar combo available. They are also expensive -- $500; but got 20% off at TriSport. They are also less expensive than Oval, Zipp, and Hed comparables. They are very light (390 grams for the large; 360 is advertised). When I got them, I tried to install the cables but was perplexed by the 90 degree bend for the brakes. I ended up taking the bike to a shop; they were too busy and essentially refused to install the cables. They were more concerned with the internal cable routing through the frame, but they gave me some good tips. Turns out that the cables go all the way through the bars and to the ends of the brakes/shifters (there are these flimsy stoppers that just broke off). I stuck a wire hanger down the downtube to route the internal cables with some tape on the cable end; not that difficult.
How does it ride? The bars are surprisingly comfortable, even though they are only 38 cm wide. They are very stiff and the whole bike now feels as if it is one piece. It would be great if the "base bar" could move independent of the aero extensions, but it can't. The base bar would be better if canted upward a few degrees; this would make descending better. Speaking of descending; there isn't much travel with the brake levers; you have to dial in the brakes at super close tolerances to get good braking. The angle of the bar limits the brake lever travel; you can easily "squeeze up" all of it. The brakes seem to be a bit further out than a road bike setup, so you stretch a bit. On a long descent, my hands were getting tired. Standing out of the saddle is ok; there is a bit of a wobbly feel because your hands are far forward. The bends in the aerobar are ok; wish they were s-bends. Also, the "large" isn't that big. I am 5' 11'' and they are about right for me. If you are a lot taller, these are probably too short. The pads have very little cushion and don't feel great; I emailed Cee Gees and they just added replacement pads for $19.95. On the flats, though, the bars are awesome. I tucked in behind a motorcycle and was able to hold 35-37 mph for a glorious stretch.
In sum, the bars are made for going fast and flat. They are surprisingly comfortable when climbing; the 90 degree bend is very comfortable for your palms and riding on the pads isn't bad. In the bars, they are feel secure and aero. Out of the saddle is ok once you get used to the somewhat wobbly feel. The only detraction is descending; the small clearance between the brakes and the bars requires extra attention with finger/hand placement and there isn't much travel for the brake levers.
Here's what it weighs now.
Pro Reviews/Articles: what the press is saying about the
Here's my "review" from Slowtwitch, 4/9/06:
So the Scott
Plasma was the most exciting frame I'd seen in a while. I decided to buy one
versus the Cervelo P2/3 (or anything else) because:
|Build and Weights:
Weighs 16 lbs 11 ounces with Hed Alps wheelset.