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posted 10 Sep 2012, 00:27 by paitoon dettis
 Swift Carbon Ultravox Frame

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Key Features:

  • Full carbon frameset (Frame & Fork) from Swift Carbon.
  • Different layups using T800, T1000 and MR40 carbon layers are used for maximum strength and rigidity where it's needed.
  • Ultra thin seat stays for comfort.
  • Aero profile fork with vibration control.
  • Nanotech epoxy resins, pre-impregnated in to the carbon layers for strength.
  • Full carbon drop outs.
  • Oversize bottom bracket area for maximum stiffness and power transfer.
  • Unidirectional carbon finish.
  • Internal cable routing for a clean finish.
  • Tapered head tube (1 1/8" to 1.5").
  • Bottom bracket: PF30.
  • UCI approved frame.
  • Weight: 930g (Manufacturer claimed).
  • Includes headset, 2 carbon bottle cages and frame bag
Fast race bike with outstanding handling and sprinting performance - Review by Procycling

Procycling July 2012

Rating 4.5 Stars Out Of 5

Swift Carbon is a young brand that only arrived in the UK this year and the Ultravox is the vanguard. The brand’s founder and co-owner, Mark Blewett, was a pro in the 90s and uses his experience – and 12 hrs-a-week fitness – to lead the design, shape the geometry and test the prototypes of every model himself.

The Ultravox (yes, it is named after the ’80s pop group) is made for racing with ultra-high modulus Toray T800, T1000 and Mitsubishi MR40 carbon fibres with a unidirectional matt finish. Swift’s Glide Tech internal moulding process ensures the highest possible compaction of the carbon layers. The head tube, down tube, chainstays and the shell around the press-fit 30 bottom bracket are all huge for maximum stiffness – Swift claim very high ratings of 250N/mm at the BB and 130N/mm for the headtube.

The immediate and lasting impression from the Ultravox is how settled it feels. Make no mistake, this is a fast bike, as some new Strava KoMs and best route times attest, but it doesn’t make a fuss about it. The wheels are deep enough to give an aero benefit yet weigh just 1,349g (tested) which is superlight for mid-depth clinchers so they spin up quickly. They also give outstanding braking power. They could be a bit stiffer but so could most wheels, especially at this weight.

We also ran the Swift on some super-stiff Reynolds RZR wheels which really let the frame shine. The strength in the BB and headtube is immense and it feels great when you attack a short hill at full gas. This rigidity and the low weight of 6.8kg (with power meter, no pedals) means that longer hills are also a pleasure. The thin seatstays provide good comfort, too.

The real standout quality, though, is the handling. The Ultravox has a poise and grace seldom found in a bike so rapid, tracking a chosen line or pulling tighter at will.
There’s nothing obviously special in the geometry but there is in the ride.

Jamie Wilkins (Procycling test rider)


PROs:
Steering, stiffness, comfort, braking

CONs:
Wheels could be a bit stiffer

VERDICT:
Fast race bike with outstanding handling and sprinting performance

Road tested: swift carbon RS-1 ultravox

Raced by: A ProConti team from 2013…

Design Philosophy

The U-Vox was designed for an ‘intelligent’ ride quality, to have the right level of power, comfort and handling exactly when you need it. The bike must always respond how you need and want it to in every aspect. We also wanted to create a unique design language through boxy shapes and edgy lines. The U-Vox is our flagship bike and our presentation to the cycling world so there was no room for error on this project.

Designed by Mark Blewett

(Posted on 01/08/2012)

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