After a breakthrough season that included a bronze medal in Rio and win at the WTS Grand Final in Cozumel, Henri Schoeman will ride a custom SwiftCarbon Hypervox at the ITU World Cup in Cape Town this weekend.
February 8, 2017 | GEAR|
To celebrate Henri Schoeman's incredible 2016 that included a bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio and a win at the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel (in part thanks to the dramatic collapse of Jonathan Brownlee a few hundred meters from the finish line), SwiftCarbon has armed him with a custom-painted Hypervox frame.
The bike, which he'll use at Sunday's world cup event in Cape Town, has a custom paint scheme that includes his HS logo, bronze decals and the South African national flag detailing on the seat stays and fork blades.
Schoeman rode a Hypervox throughout the 2016 season. The frame features a mix of Toroay and Mitsubishi-Rayon composite matrix which is tuned to be rigid around the bottom bracket and head tube, but compliant at the rear chainstays. The bike is specced with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 components and Rotor cranks, Mavic wheels with Schwalbe tires and special CeramicSpeed parts and bearings.
“It’s designed as an aero bike, which suits the kind of racing we do, but it’s actually pretty smooth too," he says. "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.”