Scott’s new time trial bike spotted at Giro d’Italia

A new Scott time trial bike made its WorldTour debut on Stage 2 of the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

Ridden by Team DSM overall classification hopefuls Romain Bardet and Thymen Arensman, the new bike combines deep, truncated aero tube shapes with lowered seatstays and an aero seatpost.

The front of the bike tapers to a narrow point on the leading edge, and all brake cables and hoses are routed internally through the handlebars and into the frame.

It bears more than a passing resemblance to many other recently released time trial bikes, such as the Merida Time Warp TT, Canyon Speedmax CFR Disc TT and Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Disc.

All of these bikes are designed to optimize aerodynamics within the strict technical regulations set by cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, while being light and nimble enough for ever-increasing time trial courses. more hilly and technical than you find in WorldTour races.

Scott’s unique time trial bike combines large truncated aero tube shapes with an integrated cockpit and disc brakes.
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Disc brakes and new cockpit

As expected, the new bike also uses disc brakes, with Team DSM riders using the latest Dura-Ace C60 front wheel and RT-MT900 rotors from Shimano’s new Dura-Ace R9200 groupset, combined with calipers from brake from the previous Dura-Ace R9100. band.

The bike also appears to have a highly adjustable integrated cockpit, with carbon aero extensions that can be adjusted for height, angle and length.

The carbon aero extensions appear to use split spacers that allow length adjustment without disconnecting any cables.
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Typically, time trial specialists have turned to third-party manufacturers, such as Wattshop and AeroCoach, for integrated aero extensions. These can deliver ergonomic and aerodynamic performance that surpasses that of the standard 22.2mm round aero extensions.

It looks like Scott has found a way to incorporate at least some of these improvements into their stock design, while still maintaining a wide range of adjustability to accommodate different riders.

Since previous Scott Plasmas often used cockpits made by Profile Design, it is possible that this new cockpit is of the same origin.

The unbranded armrests, for example, look a lot like Profile Design’s Race armrests.

The front end is clean and tidy, as you’d expect from WorldTour time trial bikes.
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Is it the Scott Plasma 6 TT?

As it stands, we don’t have a name for this new bike.

It does not appear on the List of UCI approved framesetsperhaps indicating that the bike we spotted is still in development.

The large amount of armrests used by each rider might suggest that Scott doesn’t have the new bike available in all sizes just yet.
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That only Bardet and Arensman rode it, and that both rode frames that were – depending on how much armrest stack was added – on the short side for riders their size, suggests that Scott only has a limited number of these framesets available, not in every size.

Alternatively, given the tough course profiles of the two Giro d’Italia 2022 time trials, it’s possible that both riders simply opted to ride on smaller-than-normal frames in search of weight savings. marginal weights (Bardet was even riding an unpainted frame—a weight-saving trick we often see on dedicated hill-climb bikes).

Bardet rode an unpainted version of the new bike, presumably to keep the weight of the bike as low as possible.
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Since the current UCI legal time trial bike in Scott’s catalog is the Plasma 5, and the Plasma 4, Plasma 3, Plasma 2 and the original Plasma preceded it, we might reasonably expect it to be the Plasma 6.

The only problem with this logic is that the Scott Plasma 6 already exists, in the form of a non-UCI legal triathlon bike.

Scott’s Plasma 6 is definitely not UCI legal.
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Could Scott follow a similar naming convention as some other manufacturers and just add a ‘TT’ suffix to the name of their UCI legal TT bike (as Canyon and Specialized have done with the Speedmax CFR and S -Works Shiv Disc, respectively), what makes it the Scott Plasma 6 TT?

We have reached out to Scott to ask for details on this new bike and will update this article if we receive any new information.

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