Swift Carbon’s latest RaceVox road bike is a mix of the best traits of their aero HyperVox, the lightweight UltraVox racer, with even a touch of their Attack endurance bike – yielding a single do-it-all road bike that defies categories. Swift essentially realized that as their carbon construction gets more refined they could make an aero bike light, could make a race bike aero, and make either comfortable. So, why not make a single “ultimate category-breaking all-rounder”?
SwiftCarbon RaceVox light, aero all-rounder carbon road bike
That’s the new RaceVox, a high-performance all-rounder for riders looking for the one carbon road race bike to rule them all. In fact, SwiftCarbon says the new bike is something of a roadmap of what’s to come in the future from their next generation of bikes, where they can build all of their road bikes to be light, aero & comfortable, then focus more deeply in one direction to differentiate them.
Developed as an all-rounder, Swift says it gets the same optimized ride quality of their HyperVox & UltraVox. They call that race-ready handling a balance of ‘settled at speed’ and ‘precise’ in and out of the corners. Both rim & disc brake versions share identical geometry and 28mm claimed tire clearance. Interestingly the race bred geo looks to be identical on all of the HyperVox, UltraVox, and now RaceVox bikes.
The RaceVox isn’t meant to be a totally aero-optimized race bike, but it does get familiar aerodynamic touches. Those ‘smoothed-out’ details include dropped seatstays, a forward set of water bottle bosses shielded in a concave channel in the downtube, hidden seatpost clamp, and a smooth transition from fork to frame designed to redistribute air coming off the front wheel & legs away from wind hitting the front of the bike. Swift sees these new trends letting them build bikes that maintain excellent handling stiffness and some improvements against the wind, while adding vertical compliance.
Of course, layup in the carbon itself does the brunt of the work making the rider more comfortable. The RaceVox uses a mix of carbon material to dial in backbone/drivetrain stiffness and rider comfort, including hi-mod T900 fiber & TeXtreme spread tow carbon reinforcement.
The bike is available in both rim brake & disc brake versions. Both share many of the key points, like the stealthy internal cable routing with FSA ACR headset system, a tapered 1.5″ full carbon fork, and PF30 bottom bracket. The disc version of course gets flat mount calipers & 12mm thru-axles, plus Swifts trick hidden levers. The rim brake bike on the other hand uses QRs and direct mount brake calipers, with the rear brake under the chainstay behind the BB.
The Vision Metron 5D integrated ACR bar+stem combo goes a long way to cleaning up the look of the front end of the bike – both for aesthetics and obvious aero benefit. All of the builds from mechanical 105 up to Dura-Ace Di2 get that one-piece cockpit for a top-spec fit & feel.
Pricing, spec, availability & customization
The new RaceVox Disc comes in four frame sizes (XS-L), two colors (this blue or an equally sparkly red) and in four standard builds. The RaceVox Disc 105 starts at £2790 / 3100€ (~$3400), with Ultegra mechanical £3690 / 4100€ (~$4500), or Ultegra Di2 £4840 / 5300€ (~$6000). This top-tier Dura-Ace Di2 build with dual-depth Reynolds AR carbon wheels sells for £6290 / 7000€ (~$7900).
The new rim brake RaceVox is offered in similar builds which sell for a good bit less than their disc brake counterparts – 105 for 2800€, Ultegra for 3500€, Ultegra Di2 for 4400€, Dura-Ace Di2 for 6500€.
And one nice last touch before you check out… SwiftCarbon lets you customize your finish a bit for free. On the back of the seattube you can add your name or any motivational message (up to 30 characters) like this show bike which wishes it was ‘Always Racing’.
SwiftCarbon is delivered direct to buyers and includes a 6-year warranty. They don’t officially sell into the USA market, but apparently is possible to coordinate available in the US, however we are able to arrange shipment on request, together with sorting out whatever customs fees there are.
Interestingly for a direct-to-consumer brand, SwiftCarbon are also in the process of developing a select global partner bike shop program too, so buyers can get local servicing done, as well. If that sounds like something your shop would want to do, reach out to them.