Simon Gerrans’ Scott Foil provides a great balance of aerodynamics and climbing agility
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Winner of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under
This article first appeared on Bikeradar.com
Simon Gerrans’ is clearly on form, recently picking up the Australian National Road Championships ahead of Cadel Evans and Richie Porte, and now sealing his third Tour Down Under victory. On top of all his recent success, the Orica-GreenEdge rider won the 2012 Milano-Sanremo and is the only Australian to have won stages in all three grand tours.
As we’d seen in our Tour Tech gallery, not all teams brought new 2014 gear to Australia, and Orica-GreenEdge were one team still on last year’s bikes. Other than paint, Gerrans’ Scott Foil isn’t expected to change much from what he rode at the Tour Down Under, and with his results over the past 12 months, why change a winning formula?
Gerrans’ bike was covered with Australian touches that gave no subtlety to the fact he was recently crowned Australian National Champion. A custom Prologo saddle, bartape, matching Elite bottle cages and even ‘household’ yellow and green electrical tape is used as handlebar finishing tape along with accents on his Dura-ace hubs.
As a rider who often wins on sprint finishes, Gerrans uses Shimano Dura-ace C50 wheels for greater aerodynamics and stiffness with a small weight penalty over shallower wheels.
The Scott Foil frameset is designed to cheat the wind without giving up on drive stiffness and is the common choice amongst most of the Orica-GreenEdge team. We didn't spot many riders on the brand's lighter Addict frame.
An interesting feature to Gerrans’ bike is his lack of power meter use during racing; featuring a standard Dura-ace 9000 crank and not his normal SRM 11-speed Shimano crank when we photographed the bike after his Stage 1 win into Angaston.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Scott Foil HMX NET Team Issue 2013, size Small
Fork: Scott Foil HMX NET 1 1/8” – 1 ¼” tapered
Headset: Ritchey WCS drop-in tapered
Stem: PRO Vibe carbon, 130mm x -6 degrees
Handlebar: PRO Vibe Compact, 40cm (c-c)
Tape: Prologo OneTouch Team
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace Press-fit
Pedals: Shimano 9000 Dura-ace
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-ace C50 tubular
Front tire: Continental Pro Limited
Rear tire: Continental Pro Limited
Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo - custom
Seatpost: Scott Foil + internal Shimano Di2 battery
Bottle cages: Elite Sior Evo (2)
Computer: SRM Power Control 7 (not pictured)
Rider's height: 1.69m (5ft 5in)
Rider's weight: 62kg (136.4lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 726mm
Saddle setback: 49.5mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 470mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 460mm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 560mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 90mm
Head tube length: 120mm
Top tube length (effective): 535mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.00kg (15.40lb)
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