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Pro bike check: 2018 Scott Foil Disc raced by Slovenian Champ Luka Mezgec

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Every pro probably hopes to race a custom painted bike. One of the surest ways to earn custom livery is a national championship title, so Luka Mezgec went out and won three in 2017. And his reward… he is the first pro cyclist to race on the brand new 2018 Scott Foil Disc this week at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Slovenian National Champion Scott Foil Disc

courtesy Scott, photo by Kramon

Luka Mezgec – a former Giro d’Italia stage winner – won the Slovenian national road title back in June of 2017. Now the Mitchelton-Scott pro gets a custom white, blue & red Foil Disc for him to debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The new 2018 Scott Foil Disc was only introduced at the end of last year, and Mezgec will be the first to take it to a pro road race.

photos by Sam Flanagans

He probably locked the custom painted bike by not only winning road nationals. Coming from a mountain bike background, he also took the national XC MTB title a few weeks later in July. Then, in November he won the cyclocross national championships too! Looks like Scott’s custom paintshop is going to be busy. Maybe he should let some other Slovenian have a chance?

photo by Sam Flanagans

You might think it is just that Slovenia has a shallow talent pool, but the country has been building itself into a pretty solid cycling powerhouse as of late. In 2017 cyclists from Slovenia won stages at all three Grand Tours, a feat only matched by Italy, France & Colombia.

Slovenian National Champion kit

photos by Christophe Margot

Besides the custom painted disc brake road bike and what must be a pile of national champ jerseys, bibs & skinsuits, Scott also painted up a custom matching pair of Road RC Ultimate shoes and a Cadence helmet. He is probably one of very few national champs that doesn’t have to worry about which discipline he is riding in when he reaches into his closet for kit to wear.

photo by Christophe Margot

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blah blah blah
blah blah blah
4 years ago

push your seat all the way forward the cheats way to slam your stem, it aint a unicycle

Dinger
Dinger
4 years ago
Reply to  blah blah blah

Huh? It’s effectively the only way to slam your stem. There is a point at which a riders body is too folded up to produce any power, and there’s ZERO benefit in seeking that.

Ryan s
Ryan s
4 years ago
Reply to  blah blah blah

Sliding the seat on the rails only effect where it hits your butt. Your handlebar position, cleat position, and flexibility ultimately determine where you sit relative to the BB.

Like Luka, most roadies these days have MTB backgrounds where they ride ‘ontop’ of the pedals with the cleats slammed all the way back. It’s naturally a more powerful position, and becoming more popular with bike fitters (i.e. Hogg).

barael
barael
4 years ago

Looks like 25mm tires instead of the 28 ones on the retail bike?

Ryan s
Ryan s
4 years ago
Reply to  barael

And I can assure you the tires are inflated over 115psi/8bar, unlike the low pressures being sold by media and marketing departments these days.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  Ryan s

You might want to read Josh Poertner’s/Silca’s blog about rolling resistance and tire pressure. Evidence trumps bleating about media and marketing departments.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  Ryan s

Why would you say this? Everyone knows the correlations between pressure and rolling resistance depend on surface conditions no doubt the conditions are fairly smooth so I doubt crazy low pressures would be used for Abu Dhabi(and probably the reason for the 25mm tubs vs 28). I know a few domestic pros who obviously are numerous classes below Luka but still non of those guys are riding crazy high pressures. I mean shoot I know this is a road race but you still have to rip corners at 35-48mph at the end of the stage

Ryan s
Ryan s
4 years ago

Are those standard Cannibal bottle cages, or carbon Cannibal cages?

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