British rider Simon Yates put forth a good effort on Friday’s stage 1 of the 2018 Giro D’Italia, finishing 7th at just 20 seconds off the winner. He did it aboard this Scott Plasma, saving the Scott Addict for the longer road stages. Part of the GreenEdge Cycling Family, the Mitchelton-Scott pro cycling team keeps things simple when it comes to sponsors. The bikes are Scott and rely on their housebrand Syncros for the cockpit. Shimano provides the drivetrain and wheels, with Elite, Continental and Topeak rounding out the main equipment sponsors. Simple, but not necessarily stock.
Some brands try to hide their non-sponsor disc wheels by putting their own branding on it. Not so here, and the carbon strips give away that it’s a Lightweight disc wheel (and we asked to confirm). Up front, it’s the Dura-Ace carbon tubular with the pro-only Continental ProLtd tubulars tires.
If there’s such a thing as “slam that aero bar” then Simon’s got it covered.
So, you and me? We have the choice between 50/34 and 53/39 chainring combos (or up to a 55/42 without the power meter arms). The pros? They get whatever they want, and we’ve seen non-stock combos on plenty of bikes. But a 58? Yes, a 58/46 combo for some of their time trial bikes. What makes that even more remarkable (and makes us feel even weaker) is that these are 170mm arms, so he’s able to turn that massive gear over with a shorter lever than what many of us are riding. The machined finish and solid dark Shimano-gray-bordering-on-black anodization gives away the fact that it’s something special. The cranks are their new Dura-Ace power meter arms, both here and on the Addict race bikes.
Interesting spot for the Di2 box.
Yates’ Addict is almost something you could buy and ride, save for the tires.
Trimming the number plate lets him tuck it up directly behind the seatstays and seat tube.
The Syncros RR1.0 integrated bar/stem combo runs the Di2 wires internally, allowing the charging port plug unit to be used for a very clean look.
Yates has the sprinter’s switches on the drops and a climber’s switch on the top of the bars. Check the team’s homepage for more about their riders.
Check out every team’s bikes from the 2018 Giro here!