Scott Plasma Range Review
The Scott Plasma range is made up of triathlon bikes that are designed to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible, in order to reduce drag and help serious athletes beat personal bests and win races. This makes them quite specialised and of limited use to typical riders. However, if you are in need of a cycle that will help you shave seconds off the clock, then a Scott Plasma could be your new best friend.
Scott Plasma 30
The Plasma 30 is at the most affordable end of the range, but that does not diminish its ability to perform when put to the test.
It features the Scott Plasma 2 carbon frame with IMP5 technology, with an aerodynamic design that lets you cut through the air and push forwards and also shrug off the effects of side winds that threaten to swipe you off course.
The carbon fork is integrated into this whole design, but for 2012, you get a new fully adjustable carbon seatpost. This is an addition that will help you find the sweet spot for seated positioning, allowing you to put down as much power as possible so that all of your exertions count for something.
Shimano Ultegra, 105 and Dura-Ace components make up the gearing, with rims also coming from this manufacturer. Meanwhile, Continental Ultra Sport tyres give you slick, quick rolling with a profile that will not leave you exposed to gusts.
Scott Plasma 20
The same carbon frame, fork and adjustable seatpost combo is back for the Scott Plasma 20. It also benefits from the integration of the FSA Team Issue carbon crank, to further reduce the overall weight of the bike.
FSA Energy brakes with a dual pivot design are light and effective, giving you a greater degree of precision when controlling the speed of the bike in corners and on descents.
Rolling swiftly at either end of the bike are Shimano WH-R501-30 rims. These are wrapped in Continental Ultra Race tyres so that you can scythe forwards at speed.
The Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle is attached to the aforementioned seatpost and it is as light and low profile as you would expect from a dedicated triathlon bike.
Scott Plasma 10
The Scott Plasma 10 follows in the footsteps of the more affordable bikes in this range with its carbon frame and integrated fork. The Shimano Dura-Ace groupset is present in the drivetrain to give you long lasting, consistent performance, while the same Shimano-Continental combination from the Plasma 20 is found on the wheelset.
The FSA SL-K brakes are a bit of an upgrade, saving a few grams and not diminishing the bike’s capabilities in the process. A total weight difference of half a kilo between this bike and the Plasma 20 shows what a difference can be made by component selection.
The Scott Plasma Premium is certainly not a bike for amateurs, given its various race-winning credentials in past years. The Plasma 3 carbon frame is kitted out with a number of high end features, including internal cable routing and an integrated steering system.
SRAM Red carbon ceramic components across the drivetrain help to remove a further 0.9 kilos when compared with the Plasma 10. Meanwhile the nature of this material means that they are even more durable for those really hardcore riders.
Zipp Carbon rims and Continental Competition Tubular tyres live up to their respective names, delivering improved aerodynamic performance that is well suited to competitive situations that might require you to find that extra ounce of effort to succeed. Even the Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle has been swapped for its carbon equivalent.