This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
After spending the past seven years as a domestique with the BMC Racing team, for 2015 Martin Kohler is staying in red and joining the fast expanding Australian Pro-Continental team – Drapac Professional Cycling.
The former Swiss national champion has said he's happy to have a little more wriggle room for results and, with Drapac receiving entry into large races such as the Tour of California, this may be possible.
Kohler on his Drapac debut at the Tour Down Under. It was a good race for the Australia Pro-Conti team, which won its first ever WorldTour stage on the final day
Looking at the bike specifications list below, you'd be excused for thinking that Kohler's 2015 Drapac team bike hasn't changed one bit since we looked at Jonathon Cantwell's Swift Ultravox Ti last year. While this may be true for the componentry, the Swift frame hides a few changes within.
BikeRadar caught up with SwiftCarbon's owner Mark Blewett during the Tour Down Under. He gave us some insight into the frame, revised once again as a result of direct feedback from Drapac.
From the outside it's hard to tell the revised frame from its predecessor. One clear identifier is the front of the head tube logo placement on the latest model
"The latest version still shares the same mould, but now uses an updated production process using silicone formers inside the head tube and bottom bracket area," Blewett said. "This ensures maximum compaction of the carbon tube walls and reduces chances of wrinkling".
This new technique is not the only change though. "The (carbon) layup was changed slightly to accommodate this new process, and we included more T1000 fibres to increase the stiffness-to-weight figures by six percent," Blewett went on. "The fork crown was also reinforced with an additional layer."
Swift being a small operation, and former pro Blewett being based in China, frame changes can be enacted quickly. This being the Ultravox Ti's second revision in as many years is proof of this.
Blewett hinted that this would be the last year for the Ultravox Ti as the brand's top race machine, suggesting there's something very special on the way (we'll be sure to update you when we know more).
The rest of the Drapac team bike remains unchanged from 2014, with all componentry sponsors carrying over. One major sponsor is SRAM, which despite pulling back on its WorldTour sponsorship, has remained strongly in Pro-Conti and women's racing.
Power data is provided by Quarq
Kohler's ride features a SRAM Red 22 mechanical groupset and matching Quarq power meter. SRAM-owned Zipp supplies the cockpit and wheels, with Kohler on the 45mm deep 303 Firecrest tubulars.
As seen in our 'day in the life of a pro race mechanic' feature, Kohler – coming from Shimano with BMC Racing –is still getting dialled in with his Speedplay pedals.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Swift Ultravox Ti Medium
Fork: Swift Ultravox Ti tapered
Headset: FSA internal tapered
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 130mm, -6 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
Shift levers: SRAM Red 22 DoubleTap
Cassette: SRAM PowerGlide 1170 11-25T
Chain: SRAM Red 22
Crankset: SRAM Red 22 Quarq 53/39 172.5mm
Bottom bracket: SRAM PF30
Pedals: Speedplay Stainless
Wheelset: Zipp 303 Firecrest tubular
Front tyre: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 25c
Rear tyre: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 25c
Saddle: Fizik Antares R3, K:ium rail
Seatpost: Zipp Service Course SL 20mm setback
Bottle cages: Arundel Dave-O (2)
Computer: Garmin 510 (not pictured) with SRAM out-in-front mount
Rider's height: 1.77m (5ft 9in)
Rider's weight: 67kg (147.4lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 760mm
Saddle setback: 87mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 540mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 505mm
Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 590mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 110mm
Head tube length: 147mm
Top tube length (effective): 553mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.19kg (15.82lb)
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