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Graeme Brown on SwiftCarbon's first aero road bike

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Beneath the special paint, this pro bike hides a brand new SwiftCarbon aero road frame - the HyperVox

Beneath the special paint, this pro bike hides a brand new SwiftCarbon aero road frame - the HyperVox (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Australian paint company, Sun Graphics, handled the paint for this special frame

Australian paint company, Sun Graphics, handled the paint for this special frame (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Standard center-mount brakes are used front and rear on this new aero road frame

Standard center-mount brakes are used front and rear on this new aero road frame (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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More angles of the HyperVox frame

More angles of the HyperVox frame (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Integrated seat post clamp provides a sleek profile

Integrated seat post clamp provides a sleek profile (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Standard mount brakes and a race plate holder from 'K3'

Standard mount brakes and a race plate holder from 'K3' (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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A massive BB386 bottom bracket area should suit the sprinters nicely

A massive BB386 bottom bracket area should suit the sprinters nicely (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Cable routing all happens at the left of the head tube. The plate is replaceable for Di2 compatibility

Cable routing all happens at the left of the head tube. The plate is replaceable for Di2 compatibility (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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A little piece of electrical tape prevents valve stem rattle in the rim

A little piece of electrical tape prevents valve stem rattle in the rim (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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For 2016, Drapac is now on Maxxis rubber. Here, the Campione 25c tubular's are being used

For 2016, Drapac is now on Maxxis rubber. Here, the Campione 25c tubular's are being used (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Brown uses a 'V4' version of the Speedplay Zero pedals, these are said to offer a tighter release

Brown uses a 'V4' version of the Speedplay Zero pedals, these are said to offer a tighter release (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Train, Eat, Sleep, Race' - says it all

Train, Eat, Sleep, Race' - says it all (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Cable routing continues to the back of the dropout, leading to a short loop of cable housing for mechanical drivetrains

Cable routing continues to the back of the dropout, leading to a short loop of cable housing for mechanical drivetrains (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Gold paint celebrates and acknowledges Brown's 14th Tour Down Under and his previous Olympic gold medals

Gold paint celebrates and acknowledges Brown's 14th Tour Down Under and his previous Olympic gold medals (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The aero focus ends beyond the Kammtail-shaped seat tube, from there, the seatstays focus on ride quality

The aero focus ends beyond the Kammtail-shaped seat tube, from there, the seatstays focus on ride quality (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The aero tube shapes in the HyperVox aren't revolutionary, but they are proven

The aero tube shapes in the HyperVox aren't revolutionary, but they are proven (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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A close look at this rather special paint for Drapac's Graeme Brown

A close look at this rather special paint for Drapac's Graeme Brown (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The ‘G2’ marking on the fork is a sign of it being pre-production and won’t be seen in production versions

The ‘G2’ marking on the fork is a sign of it being pre-production and won’t be seen in production versions (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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An ultra-flat top tube is certainly aero, although those seat stays are proof of the focus on ride quality

An ultra-flat top tube is certainly aero, although those seat stays are proof of the focus on ride quality (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Drapac are currently using SRAM Red22 mechanical shifting, no sign of eTap wireless yet

Drapac are currently using SRAM Red22 mechanical shifting, no sign of eTap wireless yet (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Sprinter proof - Brown uses a stiff Zipp Sprint SL stem

Sprinter proof - Brown uses a stiff Zipp Sprint SL stem (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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A well-used Fizik Aliante R3 sits on top

A well-used Fizik Aliante R3 sits on top (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Drapac riders all get their data from SRAM Red 22 Quarq

Drapac riders all get their data from SRAM Red 22 Quarq (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Drapac just uses long-cage 'WiFLi' SRAM Red rear derailleurs. It makes for easy changing of cassette sizes, and is thought to be more efficient too with less bend in the chain

Drapac just uses long-cage 'WiFLi' SRAM Red rear derailleurs. It makes for easy changing of cassette sizes, and is thought to be more efficient too with less bend in the chain (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Strolling the pits of the 2016 Tour Down Under, the one bike that's impossible to miss is Graeme ‘Brownie' Brown's custom-painted SwiftCarbon. The gold paint is there to commemorate the Drapac riders' record 14th Tour Down Under. However, beneath that trick paint is also the first sighting of Swift's new aero road bike – the HyperVox.

Until now, SwiftCarbon has noticeably lacked an aero-road frame to serve the number of sprinters within the Pro-Continental Australian team.

The SwiftCarbon HyperVox

SwiftCarbon were previously never a firm believer in creating an aero road bike just to meet its competitors. However, demand from the team forced the South African brand to change its approach.

Speaking with SwiftCarbon's marketing manager Neil Gardiner about the HyperVox – "we wanted to build a bike without the typical compromises of an aero bike. The brakes had to work, and our signature ride quality had to be there".

The boss himself, Mark Blewett rode three versions of carbon prototypes of this bike, and according to Strava, he personally has over 500 hours on the frame. We're told Graeme Browne first started testing the frame in June 2015.

"We wanted to make it affordable; we could see these ultra-premium aero bikes and didn't want to be there. However, we went with a new vendor (manufacturer) who hold serious expertise, but such knowledge comes at a price".

Familiar aero profiles are used

Bringing in the aero elements, the frame features popular Kammtail-type tube shapes and sleek internal cable routing. The top tube is kept horizontal to reduce frontal area. Looking at the seat clamp that holds the aero post, it's sleekly integrated into the top tube.

We're told the frame itself hasn't been tested in wind tunnels, however, its design comes from extensive computational analyasis.

That seat stay connection doesn't look very aero, but it shows Swift's focus on ride quality

Once past the front of the bike, the rear is extremely similar to Swift's Ultravox Ti and is designed to promote ride compliance. Also borrowed from the Ultravox Ti are the geomtry numbers, with the HyperVox measuring extremely close.

 

Construction wise, this is no doubt a high modulus bike using a mix of Toray T700, T800 and T1000 and T1100 fibers. Helping keep frame stiffness high with wide crank compatibility is a BB386 bottom bracket.

 

SwiftCarbon are claiming a medium HyperVox complete frameset to weigh in at 1320g. With the frame itself claimed at about 900g.

The HyperVox will officially launch in March. This premium frameset will sell for approximately US$4,000

 

That paint

'Train, Eat, Sleep, Race'

In addition to a new frame, SwiftCarbon are soon to roll out a custom paint program called Swift*ID, not too dissimilar to Trek's ProjectOne program. With this, customers will be able to order bikes to their aesthetic desire. The brand's owner, Mark Blewett, was the first to reveal such a program when he rode a custom-painted Ultravox Ti across Africa in the fastest human-powered crossing of the continent.

Now it's Brownie's turn, with a luxurious gold paint to commemorate the 36-year old's Gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics in Team Pursuit and Olympic Madison. Additionally, it's the Perth-based riders' record 14th Tour Down Under, having only missed four in the races existence.

A former rider with Rabobank, Brown has stage wins at the Tour Down Under, Tour of California and Tour of Langkawi among others.

Due to last minute preparations, this paint was laid down by Australian painting company Sun Graphics, but the promotional aspect for Swift's paint program still stands.

Graeme Brown's setup

Drapac's bikes are built with a whole host of components from SRAM

Sitting on this new frame is a host of SRAM Red 22 and Zipp componentry. Compared to Martin Kohler's Swift Ultravox Ti of 2015, the team has made the move to Maxxis tyres and Tacx bottle cages for 2016.

A true sprinter, Brown uses Zipp's hugely stiff carbon Sprint SL sprint and alloy SL handlebar.

Speedplay 'V4' pedals look the same as standard the 'V2', but offer a tighter hold for the sprinters

Sponsored by Speedplay, Drapac use the Zero Stainless model. We're told Brown has a special pair of 'V4' pedals, where the pedal's retention clip is taken from a track version that makes for a tighter release.

Perhaps the only component on this build that isn't belonging are the white Tacx bottle cages that don't quite match. Limited supplies brought to the race meant mechanics were looking to buy black versions at a local retail store.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: SwiftCarbon HyperVox , size medium
  • Fork: SwiftCarbon HyperVox
  • Headset: FSA internal tapered
  • Stem: Zipp SL Sprint, 120mm, -12 degree
  • Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL-80 42cm
  • Tape: Zipp Service Course
  • Front brake: SRAM Red 22
  • Rear brake: SRAM Red 22
  • Brake levers: SRAM Red 22 DoubleTap
  • Front derailleur: SRAM Red 22, with chain catcher
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 22 WiFLi
  • Shift levers: SRAM Red 22 DoubleTap
  • Cassette: SRAM PowerGlide 1170 11-28T
  • Chain: SRAM Red 22
  • Crankset: SRAM Red 22 Quarq 53/39 172.5mm
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM PF30 (non-ceramic)
  • Pedals: Speedplay Stainless ‘V4’
  • Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
  • Front tyre: Maxxis Campione tubular, 25c (115-120psi)
  • Rear tyre: Maxxis Campione tubular, 25c (115-120psi)
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R3, K:ium rail
  • Seatpost: SwiftCarbon aero, 15mm set-back (approx)
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Deva (2)
  • Computer: Garmin 510 (not pictured) with SRAM out-in-front mount

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.80m (5ft 11in)
  • Rider's weight: 76kg (168lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 764mm
  • Head tube angle: 72.6 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 73.3 degrees
  • Saddle setback: 70mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t): 520mm
  • Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 563mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 120mm
  • Head tube length: 148mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 553mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 7.43kg (16.38lb)