Patrick Bevin's bike: Team DSM's Scott Foil for the 2023 season

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil
(Image credit: Will Jones)

Last year's Presidential Tour of Turkey GC winner Patrick 'Paddy' Bevin has been racking up a very respectable palmares over the years, including 4th in the time trial at the 2019 World Championships, and stages at the Tour Down Under and the Tour of Romandie. This year he's gearing up to do more of the same for Team DSM, having transferred from the slightly beleaguered Israel-Premier Tech squad, who suffered World Tour relegation at the end of the 2022 season. 

With a new year and a new team comes a new bike and fresh components to get used to, so what is Patrick Bevin's bike for 2023?

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Sure, it looks brand new, but we think this was being ridden by someone else last season (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's bike for 2023

The DSM squad are sponsored by Scott, and for the majority of races, Bevin's bike will be the latest Scott Foil, which launched during the Tour de France in 2022. As with the galleries we've already brought you for Remco Evenepoel's bike, Tadej Pogacar's bike and Elisa Balsamo's bike, we managed to talk our way into the mechanic's area at the DSM training camp service course in Alicante and take some pictures to give you a better idea of how the pros like their bikes set up.

While the old Scott Foil was more of an all-rounder, this generation is an all-out aero bike, bucking the industry trend for converging on a single main race bike. The deep tube shapes and horizontal top tube all aim to cheat the wind, and the cockpit is something to behold, though it isn't the one piece bar-stem that's to be found on the consumer-spec Foil. 

Being a Shimano-sponsored team, his Scott Foil is running a complete Dura-Ace build. The wheels are Dura-Ace too, but a non-tubular set, running a set of 26mm Vittoria N.EXT with graphene tubeless-ready tyres. Interestingly they're not set up tubeless, instead opting for inner tubes; the mechanics did describe them as 'training tyres'.

What size is Patrick Bevin's bike?

At 1.8m tall, Bevin is at the top of what you'd deem suitable for his chosen size of frameset: 54cm. Most pros like to keep their frames smaller and compensate in terms of reach with a longer stem. This tends to keep the wheelbase shorter for more rapid handling, the overall weight down, and the stack (the height of the bars relative to the bottom bracket) lower, and thus more aerodynamic. 

Bevin's bike isn't running an exceptionally long stem, especially in comparison to what you'll find on Michael Matthews' bike, for example, instead offsetting the short reach with a handlebar with a lot of forward sweep, as we'll get into in more detail below. 

Patrick Bevin's Scott Foil: Specifications

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FrameScott Foil - 54cm
GroupsetShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9250 12-speed
BrakesShimano Dura-Ace 9270 hydraulic disc
WheelsetShimano Dura-Ace C50
TyresVittoria Corsa N.EXT Graphene TLR
Handlebar/StemSyncros Creston iC SL - 380mm
ChainsetShimano Dura ace FC-9200P - 54/40T - 170MM
Power meterShimano Dura ace FC-9200P
PedalsShimano Dura-Ace R9200
SaddleSyncros
Bottle cagesElite Vico Carbon
BottlesElite SRL
Bar tapeSyncros Super Light
ComputerWahoo

Given Bevin's prowess against the clock, it's no surprise to see him opting for the aero model in the Scott range. It's ideal for fast, flatter stages, or making the most of one's time in the breakaway. It's a relatively stock build, more or less identical to John Degenkolb's bike from last year, though there are some notable changes that distance it from the consumer version. We'll get to those later on.

To begin with the frame. The details are all-out aero, of course, but the paintwork is particularly striking; in flat light, it doesn't look much more than a deep turquoise-to-black fade, but when the sun hits it there's a serious glitter effect that really pops. 

The drivetrain is the top-of-the-range Dura-Ace Di2, complete with a power meter for each leg, one mounted to the spider and the other built into the non-drive side crank arm. A 54/40 chainset transfers the power, as is more or less ubiquitous across the pro ranks except for extremely flat stages, time trials, or very hilly stages where this may change.

The wheels are interesting given that, as mentioned above, they are tubeless-ready but not set up tubeless. As the team is sponsored by Vittoria, and as we spotted some new Vittoria Corsa Pro tubeless tyres fitted to Jumbo-Visma bikes, it's a sensible assumption to assume that DSM will also be using these in due course. The Vittoria Corsa N.EXT tyres fitted up in this case are 26mm wide front and rear, and are definitely not something he'd use in a race; they're heavier and less compliant (and therefore slower and less grippy in some circumstances) than the cotton-cased Corsa models, and what we suspect from the Corsa Pro.

Unlike the consumer-spec Scott Foil, Bevin's uses a solid aftermarket inline Syncros seatpost; pros have no need for an integrated rear light, though this also means he's given up the additional compliance on offer from the elastomer. Up front, the bar-stem, a Syncros Creston iC model, has noticeably more forward sweep on offer than the stock linear option. At 380mm wide it only comes with a nominal 110mm stem, but the forward sweep of the bars adds additional reach beyond the steering axis. Inwardly turned hoods mirror those of Evenepoel, Pogacar and Matthews that we've seen so far this season - a trend that peaked at the Tour Down Under prologue. Out front, a Wahoo computer takes care of all the data tracking.

In addition to turned-in hoods, Bevin opts to run sprinter blips in the drops for easier shifting at full gas. This is a relatively common mod, and some climbers opt for satellite shifter blips on the tops.

Atop the non-standard seatpost is an as-yet-unreleased saddle. We don't know much more than this, beyond that it is of Syncros origin and has carbon rails. 

In terms of contact points Bevin is using Dura-Ace pedals, and his bar tape appears to be Syncros Super Light. The mechanics have cut it off very close to the hoods, more so than most we've seen, but if that's what Paddy wants then more power to him; it certainly indicates that he doesn't plan on pootling around on the tops very often.

Aside from the Elite bottles and cages, which aren't hugely noteworthy unless you're really into water bottles, one final detail worth pointing out is that this is possibly a bike from the 2022 season, used by another rider, and repurposed for Bevin. Comparing it to Degenkolb's bike the only real changes to the paint are in the sponsor decals on the seatstays. On Bevin's bike, the seatstay decals are stickers, under which you can see the topographic outline of last season's sponsors.

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

The enormous bottom bracket junction serves to add stiffness to resist lateral deflection under pedalling load, but also to improve aerodynamics (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Just a single spacer serves to save Bevin's lower back (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

The near-ubiquitous Dura-Ace dual-sided power meter drivetrain is seen here (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

25mm tyres, but there's room for more should the parcours require (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Electronic shifting keeps things snappy and reliable (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Pro-tier 54/40t chainrings (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Satellite shifters on the drops allow Bevin to shift while giving it beans  (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

The Dura-Ace cassette features a mix of titanium and stainless steel sprockets (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Tubeless ready Dura-Ace C50 wheels, but fitted up with inner tubes here for the training camp (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

If you look closely you can see last season's sponsors under the chainstay stickers (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Very much a 'training tyre' according to the mechanics, so no point setting it up tubeless for the camp it seems (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

We've seen Bevin use a 150mm stem in the past. The 'stem' here is nominally 110mm, but the forward sweep of the bars gives him the reach he requires (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

Turning in the shifter hoods is becoming more and more common on pro and amateur bikes alike (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

We know it's a Syncros saddle for now, but that's about it (Image credit: Will Jones)

Patrick Bevin's 2023 Scott Foil

We're always a fan of a non-black paintjob. This one is subtle, but pops in the sunshine (Image credit: Will Jones)

History

Here at Cyclingnews, we've been keeping track of the pro peloton's bikes for well in excess of a decade, sharing galleries as often as possible. For this section, we've dug into our archives for Patrick Bevin's bikes to bring you a run-down of the Kiwi's bikes since his entry to the WorldTour, and a gallery from his time at Team CCC in 2019. 

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Year-by-year
YearTeamMain bike
2023Team DSMScott Foil
2022Israel-Premier TechFactor Ostro VAM
2021Israel-StartUp NationFactor Ostro VAM
2020CCC TeamGiant Propel
2019CCC TeamGiant Propel
2018BMC Racing TeamBMC TMR01 (Timemachine Road), BMC
2017Cannondale-DrapacCannondale SuperSix Evo HM
2016Cannondale-DrapacCannondale SuperSix Evo HM

Patrick Bevin's 2019 Giant Propel

Back in 2019 we managed to squirrel away Bevin's CCC Team bike on the eve of the Tour de France to have a closer look at it. Unfortunately the bike didn't see the full course as Bevin became the first rider to abandon the race after breaking his ribs in a nasty tumble. Regardless, it's always good to see how the bikes are set up.

In this case Bevin was aboard the previous iteration of the Giant Propel, which has been updated for 2022 onwards. Sadly, given the orange scheme of the CCC Team, the bike is a plain black outfit; paint weights a surprisingly large amount, and many teams opt for a stealthy raw carbon look to save around 300g or so from the bikes weight. 

The build is based around a Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, as per his current bike, but with CADEX 65 tubular wheels here, glued up with Vittoria Corsa Speed tyres. A CADEX saddle sits atop the integrated seatpost, which has been cut to Bevin's desired length. The carbon rails are slammed all the way forward in the clamp to get him as far over the bottom bracket as possible, and to allow him to use a borderline ridiculous 150mm stem, probably one of the longest in the peloton, which houses the brake hoses and routes them internally. 

Patrick Bevin's Giant Proper Disc

The old model of the Propel was still an extremely fast and aero bicycle... We do wish it was orange though (Image credit: Josh Evans)

A look at th earo profile of the handlebars

A 150mm stem is about as long as you're ever likely to see, even in the pro ranks (Image credit: Josh Evans)

Like nearly all modern aero bikes, the Propel features a proprietary seat post

The seatpost is part of the frame, so needs to be cut to length for each rider (Image credit: Josh Evans)

Bevin sticks with the tried and tested Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres over the tubeless options from Cadex

Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres here, glued onto the CADEX 65 wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans)

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Will Jones
Reviews Writer, Cyclingnews

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage making his own frames and components as a part time framebuilder, restoring old mountain bikes, or walking his collie in the Lake District.

Height: 182cm

Weight: 72Kg

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, 1988 Specialized Rockhopper, Stooge Mk4, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross