To make an im­pact on the 70.3 cir­cuit, Ali Brown­lee needed a world-beat­ing bike. Cue the Scott Plasma

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I ride a Scott Plasma be­cause it’s the fastest TT bike out there. Com­pared to oth­ers I’ve rid­den, it’s very stiff. No power’s lost – ev­ery bit of ef­fort on the ped­als pro­pels you for­ward. I have shift­ing op­tions on both the aero and down bars, so chang­ing gear is fast, and the stor­age and nu­tri­tion in­te­gra­tion is the best.

Aero­dy­nam­ics, com­fort and the abil­ity to pedal can be a trade-off, but the Scott Plasma is easy to ad­just and the po­si­tion has lots of cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions which help me find the per­fect set-up. I’ve been lucky enough to get ex­pert fit­ting and aero advice. I’ve worked with the for­mer lead physio at Bri­tish Cy­cling, Phil Burt [head online for an ex­clu­sive in­sight into Ali’s bike-fit­ting process], plus wind-tun­nel test­ing with Drag2Zero and track test­ing with Dan Bigham; and I’ve adapted all this into what suits me best. I like that the Plasma is the fastest, best-look­ing, bike out there… and wait un­til you see the per­son­alised de­sign on the frame [inc. white York­shire roses and ‘He who dares wins’ on the forks]!


4 5 2 1 3 1 Usu­ally I use a Zipp 858 wheel on the front and a Zipp Su­per9 Disc on the rear, equipped with 25mm Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Prix TT tyres to give me op­ti­mum han­dling and weight set-up.2 The Plasma’s nu­tri­tion and hy­dra­tion are clev­erly in­te­grated; I use stor­age be­hind the stem box, with a front-mounted aero bot­tle, a bot­tom bracket drag2zero box, an aero drinks bot­tle and, some­times, a bot­tle be­hind the seat too.3The lack of ca­bles with SRAM Red eTap is bril­liant on the TT bike and hav­ing shifters on the aero and down bars means that the speed of gear change is very quick.4The ge­om­e­try set-up is fairly ag­gres­sive for a TT po­si­tion – the sad­dle is in a neu­tral po­si­tion and the bars are set low.5The frame is the Scott Plasma. It’s su­per­aero­dy­namic with a wide-range of ad­justa­bil­ity and clever fuel stor­age that’s easy to use.

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