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Pro bike: Matt Goss's Scott Foil

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Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil looks like it has just a basic matte black finish but in fact, it's anything but ordinary.

Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil looks like it has just a basic matte black finish but in fact, it's anything but ordinary. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro LTD tubulars are mounted to Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C50-TU wheels.

25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro LTD tubulars are mounted to Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C50-TU wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Prologo Scratch Pro TR saddle is amply padded for comfort but the carbon fiber rails keep it light, too.

The Prologo Scratch Pro TR saddle is amply padded for comfort but the carbon fiber rails keep it light, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Matthew Goss (Orica-Greenedge) puts some serious watts into this SRM power meter.

Matthew Goss (Orica-Greenedge) puts some serious watts into this SRM power meter. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Teams are still using 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups. Several team mechanics have told us that they don't expect to have enough 11-speed stuff on hand until around April.

Teams are still using 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups. Several team mechanics have told us that they don't expect to have enough 11-speed stuff on hand until around April. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The sleek straight-pull front hub on Shimano's new 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels.

The sleek straight-pull front hub on Shimano's new 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Pros are not only moving to wider rims but wider tires, too - 25mm, in this case.

Pros are not only moving to wider rims but wider tires, too - 25mm, in this case. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers are mounted to PRO PLT Compact 2 handlebars.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers are mounted to PRO PLT Compact 2 handlebars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The chain stays are tall and narrow but outwardly canted as they head back towards the dropouts.

The chain stays are tall and narrow but outwardly canted as they head back towards the dropouts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The 86mm-wide bottom bracket shell is filled with press-fit bearing cups.

The 86mm-wide bottom bracket shell is filled with press-fit bearing cups. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Even the seatpost gets the truncated airfoil treatment. The seatpost binder is neatly integrated into the frame.

Even the seatpost gets the truncated airfoil treatment. The seatpost binder is neatly integrated into the frame. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More icons can be found on the back of the seat stays.

More icons can be found on the back of the seat stays. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Scott uses a stout wishbone-style seat stay setup on the Foil.

Scott uses a stout wishbone-style seat stay setup on the Foil. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The front end features a tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2 head tube and truncated airfoil tube profiles that Scott says reduces aerodynamic drag without overly sacrificing frame stiffness.

The front end features a tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2 head tube and truncated airfoil tube profiles that Scott says reduces aerodynamic drag without overly sacrificing frame stiffness. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A variety of London-themed icons decorate the down tube on Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil.

A variety of London-themed icons decorate the down tube on Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil gets a cleverly stealthy two-tone black paint job with graphics to commemorate his recent appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) Scott Foil gets a cleverly stealthy two-tone black paint job with graphics to commemorate his recent appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Not surprisingly, Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) are equipped with supplemental sprint shifters on the drops.

Not surprisingly, Matthew Goss's (Orica-Greenedge) are equipped with supplemental sprint shifters on the drops. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

More often that, custom paint jobs are designed to draw attention. Few people in the stands for Sunday's People's Choice criterium in downtown Adelaide likely saw anything other than a matte black frame beneath Orica-GreenEdge's Matthew Goss, who finished second. However, a closer look at the bike reveals that it's anything but standard issue.

Goss represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and there's no shortage of iconography on his frame to commemorate the occasion. While the majority is finished in matte black, the trailing edges of the down tube and seat stays are covered in little double-decker buses, London Underground logos, and Union Jacks – all done in a subtle, tasteful manner.

Otherwise, Goss' build kit is standard team issue, including 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with sprinter shifters and a custom internal battery (none of the teams have enough 11-speed components on hand yet). There's also an earlier version of Shimano's latest 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels, a PRO cockpit, Prologo saddle, SRM power meter, Dura-Ace pedals, and Elite bottle cages.

One interesting change we've noted from years past, however, is tire size. Pro teams aren't just moving to wider rims, they're moving to wider tires, and Goss' Continental Competition Pro Limiteds are a healthy 25mm across, for better traction and a smoother ride. Goss also gets a trick green anodized aluminum SRM PowerMeter 7 display, while other Orica-GreenEdge riders use the standard plastic head.

Position-wise, Goss' machine is about what we've come to expect from sprinters: a relatively forward saddle, lots of handlebar drop, and a long stem. We've noticed some sprinters moving towards narrower handlebars recently – supposedly to squeeze through gaps in the mad rush to the line more easily – but Goss is using a fairly normal 42cm-wide (center-to-center) PRO PLT Compact 2.

Total weight as pictured is 7.39kg (16.29lb) with the computer head installed.

Subtle London-themed icons on the down tube

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Scott Foil HMX NET, 52cm
Fork: Scott Foil HMX NET
Headset: Ritchey WCS Logic Zero 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
Stem: PRO Vibe 7s, 130mm x -6°
Handlebars: PRO PLT Compact 2, 42cm (center-to-center)
Tape/grips: Prologo OneTouch
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-7970
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-7970
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970 with SW-7972 sprint shifters
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7901
Crankset: SRM Wireless PowerMeter Shimano Dura-Ace Compatible, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace SM-BB7900
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-7900
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C50-TU
Front tire: Continental Competition Pro LTD tubular, 25mm
Rear tire: Continental Competition Pro LTD tubular, 25mm
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro TR Nack
Seat post: Scott Foil
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7
Other accessories: Custom internal battery

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.77m (5' 10")
Rider's weight: 70kg (154lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 743mm
Saddle setback: 45mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 473mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 460mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 556mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 115mm
Head tube length: 120mm
Top tube length: 535mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.39kg (16.29lb) with SRM computer head