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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
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