Gaining the Upper Hand

The Plasma 5 was designed to enable an aerodynamic fusion between rider and bike.

Be it an aerodynamic frame design that takes into consideration the interaction between a moving rider and the bike, an ergonomically and purpose driven handlebar that offers a wide range of adjustability or the practical implementation of food storage, the Plasma 5 takes extra steps to make bike and rider one.

Aerodynamics

The Plasma 5 has been designed to be faster with the rider than without.

A moving rider creates a substantial influence on the airflow around the bike and ultimately on the aerodynamic performance.

Despite the extra effort required to examine this complex phenomenon, it was closely considered during the development process of the Plasma 5 and had a major influence on the frame design.

Ergonomics

To a large degree, the position of the rider on the bike determines riding performance.

The position of the rider directly influences the force distribution during the pedal stroke and consequently determines pedaling efficiency while the position of the rider’s upper body directly affects aerodynamic drag.

An aerodynamically positioned torso will lower drag therefore improve aerodynamic performance.

Saddle and handlebar adjustability were in effect a major topic during the developmental phase.

Considering the idea that this bike would be ridden by riders of all shapes and sizes, from World Tour riders to long-distance triathletes, the Plasma 5 offers a wide range of adjustability to follow suit.

Fuel Storage

Long distance triathletes spend several hours on their bike before switching to the running segment.

While aerodynamics and ergonomics are key factors for a fast and efficient bike split, nutrition and hydration are essential to maintain a high pace during both the bike and running legs.

With this in mind, the engineering team developed a sophisticated storage system that stands above the rest due to its high degree of usability, while not hampering the aerodynamics of the bike nor the ergonomics of the rider.

Versatility

The Plasma 5 has been developed to match the needs of triathletes and cyclists alike.

While a wide range of adjustability and a modular stem/bar concept ensures that the position requirements of both triathletes and cyclists are sufficiently covered with the same bike, triathletes benefit from a sophisticated storage system.

With the exception of the triathlon-specific storage box and an Aero Drink bottle, the Plasma 5 is fully UCI-compliant and can be used in competitions for both sports without restrictions.

Sebastian Kienle

Sebastian Kienle Profile

Sebastian is the man to beat when it comes to long distance triathlons.

Winning consecutive 70.3 World Champion titles in 2012 and 2013, and having just taken the ultimate crown in Kona, HI, Sebastian has positioned himself as a force to be reckoned with within the triathlon world.

Luke Mckenzie

Luke MC Kenzie Profile

Luke surprised the public but not the experts with his runner-up finish at the 2013 World Championships in Kona.

Luke resides in Cardiff-by-the-sea, California but his unmistakable Aussie humor and easygoing demeanor give away his actual roots.

Marino Vanhoenacker

Marino Vanhoenacker Profile

Marino has won Triathlon titles all over the world and is an long-distance world record holder.

The quiet Belgian is feared by his competition for his sizzling fast bike splits that put them out of contention.

He lives and trains in Belgium most of the year.

Jan van Berkel

Jan van Berkel

Jan’s biggest motivation is defeat.

After he failed to qualify for the London Olympics he refocused and with only a few weeks of preparation finished second in Zurich in 2012.

Jan lives and trains in Switzerland.

Cyril Viennot

Cyril Viennot Profile

Cyril is one of France’s top-class long-distance triathletes.

Although working part-time as a sports teacher, Cyril has proved his potential over the past few years.

Being a full-time pro for the first time, we can expect some world-class results from the quiet Frenchman.

Jodie Swallow

Jodie Swallow Profile

Jodie has made a very successful transition from short-course to long-distance racing.

The 2010 70.3 World Champion has won her first major event in 2013 and has a huge potential in long distance triathlon. She is feared by her competition for her strong swim-bike skills.

Jodie is from Great Britain but lives and trains in South Africa and Boulder, USA throughout the year.

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