Henri Schoeman unveils his custom painted SwiftCarbon Hypervox

At a small get-together at SwiftCarbon’s Cape Town showroom, triathlete Henri Schoeman celebrated the signing of a two-year partnership with the emerging bike brand by pulling the covers off his new Hypervox – a custom painted road machine, ready for his assault on the 2017 season. He kicks it all off with ITU’s Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town, held at the V&A Waterfront.

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Schoeman stunned the triathlon world, and his nation, when he romped home to win an Olympic bronze medal in Rio and proved that was no fluke with his first WTS victory at the Grand Finale in Cozumel, earning him the status as triathlon’s breakout star of 2016.

 


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On Wednesday night he spoke about his and SwiftCarbon’s partnership over the last year, “I have really enjoyed working with the guys. It’s really great that I can give feedback on the bikes and it finds its way into future versions of the models that anyone can ride.” Schoeman gets a special touch to his rig for the upcoming season – a custom paint scheme featuring his HS logo, bronze decals and national flag detailing on the seat stays and fork blades. “The frame is production standard, but the design is special: to commemorate his big successes in 2016 and for Henri to represent his nation proudly with a cool looking bike,” says founder Mark Blewett, himself a South African.

 

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Schoeman rode a Hypervox throughout the 2016 season, “It’s designed as an aero bike, which suits the kind of racing we do, but it’s actually pretty smooth too. With the road surfaces we often have to ride on – like in Stockholm and Rio – you really don’t want to feel beaten up by your bike before the run. On the tight circuits you are constantly accelerating and braking so having a bike that handles well is so important, plus you want every watt going onto the road.”

 

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Despite his humble demeanor, the 25-year-old has high ambitions in the sport. His goal – the world championship. He’s certainly shown he has what it takes. Firstly, he has an all-powerful weapon – one of the strongest swims in the sport. His tactical finesse on the bike is that of a seasoned road pro and in 2016 he’s come on leaps and bounds with his run. “He’s got a target on his back now! I can’t wait to see how he goes in the next two seasons,” says Blewett.

 

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At the heart of Schoeman’s new rig is SwiftCarbon’s range-topping Hypervox frame featuring a Toray and Mitsubishi-Rayon composite matrix, tuned to be rigid around the head tube and BB area and compliant at the rear seat stays. Parts spec includes Shimano Dura Ace Di2 with Rotor cranks, Mavic wheels, Schwalbe tyres and some special CeramicSpeed parts and bearings. See full details below.

 

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Production Hypervox frames and complete builds are available on swiftcarbon.com – the brand’s main retail channel in their direct-to-consumer business model.

 

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The tech:


  • FrameSwiftCarbon Hypervox size XS [Toray/Mitsubishi-Rayon composite matrix]
  • Shifting and brakesShimano Dura Ace Di2 – 11-23T cassette
  • CranksetRotor 2INpower 170mm 53/39T
  • PartsCeramicSpeed UFO chain, OSPW (oversized pulley wheel) system, BB and headset bearings.
  • WheelsMavic Cosmic Ultimate
  • TyresSchwalbe One Pro
  • StemEaston EC90 120mm
  • HandlebarsZipp SL Contour 40cm
  • TapeRitchey
  • SaddleFizik Arione R1
  • Bottle cagesSwiftCarbon
  • BB to seat height710mm
  • Seat tip to bar centre520mm
  • Bar drop110mm




27 Comments

Brickleberry, Feb 09 2017 10:53

I just Peed a little.

'Dale, Feb 10 2017 06:56

Looks hot hey 🔥🔥🔥

shaper, Feb 10 2017 09:36

Those ceramic jockeys are massive!! looks great

Patchelicious, Feb 10 2017 09:48

Those ceramic jockeys are massive!! looks great

Seems to be all the rage on high end bikes, from the Instagram Accounts that I follow.

 

Has anybody here actually tried them yet?

jcza, Feb 10 2017 10:00

Have you seen the price on CeramicSpeed components? Would love to but its too expensive for my liking.

 

Just a question, why is he not on a TT bike? 

shaper, Feb 10 2017 10:02

Seems to be all the rage on high end bikes, from the Instagram Accounts that I follow.

 

Has anybody here actually tried them yet?

Have look at them on ebay but at R2k a pop, bit expensive for my riding 

DJuice, Feb 10 2017 10:04

Have you seen the price on CeramicSpeed components? Would love to but its too expensive for my liking.

 

Just a question, why is he not on a TT bike? 

ITU/Olympic distance racing is draft legal for elites, not TT bikes allowed.

shaper, Feb 10 2017 10:04

Have you seen the price on CeramicSpeed components? Would love to but its too expensive for my liking.

 

Just a question, why is he not on a TT bike? 

He does a lot of short distance races, ITU Olympic distance, short course 40kms, 2-4 laps tight and twisty (usually street circuit), drafting allowed, TT bikes not allowed

nazmo, Feb 10 2017 10:25

So much want

'Dale, Feb 10 2017 10:33

Have you seen the price on CeramicSpeed components? Would love to but its too expensive for my liking.

Just a question, why is he not on a TT bike?


Would love too too
Save 13 watts or something ☝🏾

WW87, Feb 10 2017 10:33

Multiple flame emojis!  

Patchelicious, Feb 10 2017 10:40

Have look at them on ebay but at R2k a pop, bit expensive for my riding 

For the whole thing?

 

Please send me a link.

shaper, Feb 10 2017 10:46

For the whole thing?

 

Please send me a link.

http://www.ebay.com/...vAAAOSwmfhX6gNe

 

edit: if you want ceramic, you pay!! speed http://www.ceramicsp...t/products/OSPW

Mongoose!, Feb 10 2017 10:50

joh! awesome looking bike!!

pista, Feb 10 2017 10:52

Have look at them on ebay but at R2k a pop, bit expensive for my riding 

Maybe for the pulley wheels but complete system is around $499.

Long Wheel Base, Feb 10 2017 10:58

Wow that bike is mooi.

Mongoose!, Feb 10 2017 11:06

Maybe for the pulley wheels but complete system is around $499.

 

or just get it from here...

 

I saw one of these actually (was fitted on one of my  DC team mate's bike) and quit impressive  

ceramic bearings and all  :whistling:

 

 

https://www.aliexpre....6.2.8E1l0Q&s=p

jcza, Feb 10 2017 11:07

Pulley system with jockey wheels available locally for R 9335. Think its only SRAM and Shimano

 

https://fluidlines.c...ant=23949923459

koukie, Feb 10 2017 11:26

Pulley system with jockey wheels available locally for R 9335. Think its only SRAM and Shimano

 

https://fluidlines.c...ant=23949923459

That is insane! But I guess for some people the reduced friction is worth the cost. Not for me though. Very nice bike!!!

Furbz, Feb 10 2017 11:31

local bike manufacturers please take note of this bike.

if given the chance i would buy a bike showing the national flag. its awesome!

Schmorglebot, Feb 10 2017 12:20

Pulley system with jockey wheels available locally for R 9335. Think its only SRAM and Shimano

 

https://fluidlines.c...ant=23949923459

 

I keep reading that the watts saving is negligible with these things but everytime i see them something happens deep within my loins

Reden, Feb 10 2017 12:44

The power saving on the chain is only for the first 320km until the coating has worn off if I read the website correct.

Dang expensive but at the top level every bit counts. Almost like a F1 car.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Feb 10 2017 01:00

or just get it from here...

 

I saw one of these actually (was fitted on one of my  DC team mate's bike) and quit impressive  

ceramic bearings and all  :whistling:

 

 

https://www.aliexpre....6.2.8E1l0Q&s=p

Steel bearings on that one.

'Dale, Feb 10 2017 01:30

That is insane! But I guess for some people the reduced friction is worth the cost. Not for me though. Very nice bike!!!


The bling factor is also part of the value-add

Many cyclists love their bling
Me included

'Dale, Feb 10 2017 01:31

I keep reading that the watts saving is negligible with these things but everytime i see them something happens deep within my loins


Indeed
Very good-looking hey 💕💕💕